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First Wheat

Postby Gargon » Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:54 pm

Hey guys new to Brewing and these forums, and was wondering your thoughts.

wanted to make a wheat beer but only know the ways of extract ATM.
This is what i came up with

6 lbs - Briess Bavarian Wheat DME (60%/40%)
1 - oz Hallertau (60 min)
1 - oz Saaz (5min)
1 oz or 1/2 oz Coriander (10 min)
1 oz or 1/2 oz Bitter Orange Peel (10 min)
1 lbs - Honey (5 min)

WLP400 - Belgium Wit w/starter

wondering about any idea's or thoghts to make this a nice balanced beer.
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Postby Suthrncomfrt1884 » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:48 pm

I would probably stick with 1/2oz. of coriander and orange peel unless you plan on adding half at 15 minutes and the rest at flameout. Then you may be okay. It's obviously my personal taste, but I feel like when you get that much orange and coriander in, it tends to ruin the wheat flavors.

Also, you might want to try adding some actual wheat to the recipe. Wheat is supposed to be mashed, but if you steep it for an hour at 150-155, you should be fine. Maybe a 1/2lb of white wheat and a 1/2 lb. of flaked wheat.

Belgian Wits are a great beer, but IMO are very hard to do in extract form. Not to say it can't be done...I just never thought I could nail the style exactly with extract. Let us know how it turns out.
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Postby Gargon » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:17 pm

thanks for info!

would i need to cut back on the extract in replace of the wheat or are they not fermentable?

im hoping the wife will let me invest in a mash system but you know how that goes.
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Postby Suthrncomfrt1884 » Fri May 01, 2009 8:29 am

Oh, I hear ya. That's why I'm in the garage brewing now.

Anyways, you should be fine with that amount of extract.
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partial mash wit

Postby slothrob » Fri May 01, 2009 8:03 pm

This is a good beer for a partial mash. All you would need is a paint-strainer bag from the hardware store (about $1 or $2) and a pot to soak it in. Crushed grain goes in the bag for 60' at 150°F. Lift the bag out, rinse it with a few quarts of 170°F water if you can. Dipping it into another container and stirring a bit will work.

You want at least 0.5# base malt added to 1# of Flaked Wheat, or maybe 0.5# Pilsner Malt + 0.5# Wheat Malt + 0.5# Faked Wheat, for a 5 gallon Wit. Mash in about 3 quarts of water (probably starting at around 160°F before you add the grain). It will probably be a gummy mess, but with the bag that shouldn't be a problem.

Add extract to hit your OG. The mash should contribute about 5-7 points to your OG, which you can correct for by using a little less extract or just leave out the Honey.
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Postby Gargon » Fri May 01, 2009 11:16 pm

Kinda following ya.... now you talking in addition to my extract add that or takes some from my extract and combine with? cuase im a fan of more fermentables so im going to guess add with...!
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wit

Postby slothrob » Sat May 02, 2009 10:06 am

The difference in starting gravity won't make make much of a difference. You can add it all together or leave out some or all of the honey, if you want to bring the gravity back down to what the recipe called for.
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In Fermenter

Postby Gargon » Wed May 06, 2009 9:40 am

Well got it all cooked up and put in fermenter. pitched the yeast last night at mid night woke up at 7:00 no much going on airlock hopefully it's bubbling after work but it smells great!!
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Postby Gargon » Sat May 09, 2009 8:50 pm

what would be a good time to bottle on this recipe? and how long you think in the bottles?
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bottling time

Postby slothrob » Sun May 10, 2009 8:45 am

Wheat beers are usually best young. You can bottle as soon as you're sure the fermentation is complete and the gravity isn't dropping any more.

Depending on the room temperature they could carbonate in as little as a week, but that almost never happens in my experience. I usually don't open one until the second or even third week in the bottle. On rare occasions, it can take longer than a month.
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Postby Gargon » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:42 pm

well the beer is done and tastes great steeps some carapils to add to it but turned out nice. alot of settlement on bottom of bottles but to be expected will brew again!
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wheat

Postby slothrob » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:40 pm

Glad to hear it worked out well. Brew on!
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