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She's a Wit-ch

She's a Wit-ch

Witbier • All Grain • 5.5 gal


Raspberry Peach Wit

April 5, 2013 at 08:51pm

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Ingredients (All Grain5.5 gal)

  • 6 lbs Pilsner Malt; Weyermann

    Pilsner Malt; Weyermann

    German-grown two-row spring barley (2004 harvest). Product Characteristics:Perfect foundation grist for all lagers. Excellent modification and favorable protein and glucan levels. Excellent lautering properties. Provides finished beer with substantial body and mouthfeel, as well as good foam development and head retention. Very flexible grain with high extract efficiency for reliable lager-making in any brew house, including pub ale systems. Yields optimum results for any process⎯from single-step to multi-step infusion, to decoction. Recommended Quantities: Up to 100% of total grain bill. Suitability (beer styles): All lagers, especially Pils/Pilsner/Pilsener, low-alcohol beer, “light“ beer, Belgian beers

  • 0.5 lbs Belgian Cara-Pils

    Belgian Cara-Pils

    Significantly increases foam/head retention and body of the beer.

  • 0.25 lbs Crystal 15; Great Western

    Crystal 15; Great Western

    A lightly roasted two-row malt. The slight caramel flavor and light color provides the brewer with subtlety in the recipe.

  • 6 lbs Wheat Flaked

    Wheat Flaked

    Belgian White Ale(wit), other specialty beers.

  • 0.5 lbs Barley Flaked

    Barley Flaked

    Helps head retention, imparts creamy smoothness. For porters and stouts.

  • 1 lbs Rice Hulls

    Rice Hulls

    Rice Hulls are used as a filter medium, mostly used in all grain wheat beers to help prevent a stuck mash.

  • .50 oz East Kent Goldings - 5.0 AA% whole; boiled 60 min

    East Kent Goldings

    Mild, slightly flowery.

  • .50 oz East Kent Goldings - 5.0 AA% whole; boiled 30 min

    East Kent Goldings

    Mild, slightly flowery.

  • 1 oz Saaz - 5.0 AA% whole; boiled 1 min


    Used for finishing pilseners, continental lagers, and wheats. The aroma is spicy and pleasant with fragrant overtones.

  • 3 lb Raspberries (pureed) - (omitted from calculations)

    Raspberries (pureed)

    Raspberries have a dull pink or reddish color.

  • 3 lb Peaches (pureed) - (omitted from calculations)

    Peaches (pureed)

    Pink to orange flesh surround a large pit. Very sweet and juicy.

  • 0.5 tsp Irish Moss - (omitted from calculations)

    Irish Moss

    A dried red-brown marine algae. Fining agent to remove large proteins. Negatively charged polymer attracts positively charged protein-tannin complexes (extracted from grain husks and hops) during the boil. This action is aided by the clumping of proteins in the boiling process. Irish moss settles to the bottom of the brew kettle with spent hops and hot break material at the end of the boil.

  • 0.5 tsp Yeast Nutrient (AKA Fermax) - (omitted from calculations)

    Yeast Nutrient (AKA Fermax)

    Helps yeast stay active during fermentation

  • Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier™

    Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier™

    A tart, slightly phenolic character capable of producing distinctive witbiers and grand cru-style ales alike. Alcohol tolerant.


One week of primary, then added fruit to the primary and fermented for another 10 days. Racked to secondary for one week and bottled.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 16 - Belgian and French Ale

Subcategory: A - Witbier

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.050 1.044 - 1.052
Terminal Gravity: 1.010 1.008 - 1.012
Color: 6.0 SRM 2 - 4
Alcohol: 5.2% ABV 4.5% - 5.5%
Bitterness: 16.4 IBU 10 - 20



Happy, but not excited

2013-04-05 8:58pm

This was my first attempt at a fruit beer and it was a challenge. All of the flaked wheat used really affected my efficiency, despite the use of rice hulls. Deciding at which stage to add the fruit was another piece. This came out very dry and tart, the raspberries definitely steal the show, but there's a hint of peach as the pint warms up. It's tastey, but I think I might try to use a different yeast next time, one not so dry, but at the same time it works well with tart raspberry flavor. The color is a beautiful pinkish rose and it cleared out well too.

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