Ocean Breeze Summer Ale

Source: Kyle Fiske
Recipe added: 08/13/00

As you can probably tell from this recipe, I'm a bit of a seat-of-the-pants brewer--I don't usually measure beginning or ending specific gravity. This recipe came out so good, I can't believe it. This was exactly what I was trying for--a light colored, yet full-bodied brew, with just enough of a fruit flavor to make it interesting and refreshing, but not enough to overpower the ale with a strong fruit flavor. One thing I read about fruit beers is that we're used to associating fruit favors with a bit of sweetness--so you have to go easy on the hops if you want to be able to detect the fruit flavor. This might also be interesting to try with a wheat beer yeast, but it came out great as-is.


Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5
Starting Gravity:
Finishing Gravity:
Time in Boil: 45 min.
Primary Fermentation: 2 weeks



In 1&1/2 gallons of water, boil the malt extract and Fuggles for 45 min. Sparge into primary fermenter (although I purposely let about 1/3rd of the hop sediment go into the primary fermenter). Immediatley add the frozen fruit while the liquid is close to boiling temperature. Add the 1/4 oz of Cascade, and enough water to bring the volume up to 5 gallons. When the temperature is right, add the prepared liquid yeast, and seal primary fermenter with the air-lock. Wait 2 weeks, add 1/2 cup of priming sugar (I don't like heavy carbonation, add more if you do), and bottle. Good within 10 days, awesome after 3 weeks.
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