Raspberry Wheat

Raspberry Wheat is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 29.
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This framboise style brew combines the tart qualities of both raspberries and wheat to produce a deep red, cloudy, crisp and fruity beer that will make anyone a believer in homebrew.

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    What You Get

    1 Can Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1 Can of Red Raspberries in Heavy Syrup. This can be found at Walmart or any national grocery store.

    For Fans Of

    Shock Top Raspberry Wheat

    Wasatch Raspberry Wheat

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Fruity

    Original Gravity: 1.044

    Final Gravity: 1.0011

    ABV: 4.5%

    SRM: (Color): 3

    IBU: (Bitterness): 19

    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. From there pour it into your blender, make sure it touches all parts of the blender and let it sit for 1 minute. Then pour it back into the bowl and place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. In your sanitized blender, purée the can of fruit with the syrup, and set aside to add later.

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.

    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    7. Add in fhe fruit purée from your blender.

    8. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    9. Sprinkle the gold yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Friends from Makes the list to brew again & again! I decided this is a beer that I need to always have ready to drink in the fridge. This batch fermented in my LBK for 18 days, conditioned in the bottle for 27 days, then cooled for 3 days. The ONLY change I made to the recipe was that I substituted the included yeast with WB06 Dry Wheat Yeast. Great smooth taste that is not too fruity, pours smooth, and is not too heavy. Great beer for warm weather. Just ordered another batch!
    Date published: 2016-02-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by gr62063 from not as sweet as Shock Top Raspberry Wheat this was my third batch of brew, so I'm still learning. Followed the recipe to the letter, except fermented for 3 weeks, carbonated and conditioned for 7-8 weeks. Results were excellent for my taste. Several people mentioned that the beer was too tart. This is true as it is not as sweet as Shock Top raspberry, and not all will like that. The can of raspberries is in "heavy syrup" but I wonder if adding some sugar would have helped win the others over. Also wondering about using jams or preserves instead of the canned fruit. Anyone have experience with that?
    Date published: 2017-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by St. Philogous from So far so good This was my first brew. We used raspberries from the backyard. Pasteurization process was the only semi-challenging step in my opinion. The beer tastes great and we still have conditioning to look forward to. I'm sure the taste only gets better with age. I recommend this recipe!
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Beerman from Awesome! This brew is fantastic! I brewed as the instructions, and one week before bottling I poured a 2oz bottle of raspberry extract and it really kicked up the flavoring a lot! Bought two more kits to brew again!
    Date published: 2015-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by jhero2 from Excellent Brew!! This is my second time brewing this beer. I LOVE it!!! easy to brew and the taste is outstanding!! Do yourself a treat and make this one!!!!!
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by slayer1987 from Pretty tasty After reading reviews i decided to make this. Easy to make. I darn near screwed this up. I fermented this in the keg. Then carbonated and conditioned in 2 one gallon carboys. During carbonation one of the caps blew off. Don't know when it happened. I checked on these each day. Anyway I placed another sanitized cap on it and it was fine. Long story short it still wound up being pretty good. Definitely taste a hint of raspberry. I think I will try 2 cans instead of 1 next time. Also carbonate in my plastic bottles instead of the glass carboys.
    Date published: 2017-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by cullen from Raspberry good My husand purchase the same flavor twice it has become a family favorite.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by VDD12 from Makes a Great Sour! Bought this kit and used it with Lallemand Wildbrew Philly Sour Ale Yeast, 11 Gram package. made an excellent sour beer. Fermented at about 75 degrees F to make sure lactic acid production was good. Lots of fermentables, did overflow 2 gal fermenter as predicted. Since the Sour Philly isn't good for bottle conditioning, added a pack of the Belle Saisson yeast a few days before bottling. Bottled at the 21 day mark. If you like sour beers, this is a pretty good recipe to make one from.
    Date published: 2021-11-15
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