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Old 04-23-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
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How does the following look for a simple Extract w/ specialty grains hefe? If I were to add the extract late in the boil to maintain a light color would I have to adjust the hops? Does this effect hop utilization?

Boil Volume 6.5 gals
Final Volume 5.5 gals
6.00 lb Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 85.7 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 14.3 %
1.00 oz Hallertauer [4.80%] (60 min) Hops 22.4 IBU
0.25 oz Hallertauer [4.80%] (20 min) Hops 2.0 IBU
1 Pkgs WLP300

Estimated Original Gravity: 1.051 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Color: 7.0 SRM
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 5.0 %

Edited Extract to 100% Wheat DME based on advice from seefresh and Pol's advice.

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Old 04-23-2007, 04:17 PM   #2
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Looks good to me, you could up the wheat DME and down the extra light if you wanted, not a big deal though. You can add the extract in the last 10 minutes of the boil and do your hops schedule as usual, won't effect utilization.

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Old 04-23-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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Yah, Id up the wheat. Never used extract before, but for those who have, I thought that the WHEAT DME was actually like 60% wheat and 40% other... if so, then you REALLY need to up the wheat. I used 60% wheat in my AG this weekend... it is really up to you, but I think wheat DME is only PARTIALLY wheat.

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Old 04-23-2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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Yah, Id up the wheat. Never used extract before, but for those who have, I thought that the WHEAT DME was actually like 60% wheat and 40% other... if so, then you REALLY need to up the wheat. I used 60% wheat in my AG this weekend... it is really up to you, but I think wheat DME is only PARTIALLY wheat.

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Looks like you are right. My LHBS's website shows their Wheat DME to be 55% Wheat and 45% Barley. I guess I'll go 100% Wheat DME then.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:16 PM   #5
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That should be a good recipe. I think the style calls for lower bitterness but if it fits your tastes then keep it as is.

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Old 04-23-2007, 05:25 PM   #6
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That should be a good recipe. I think the style calls for lower bitterness but if it fits your tastes then keep it as is.
Beersmith calls for an IBU value in the range of 10 - 30; so this is in the upper end of the range. I've not had a lot of hefe's so maybe I'll bring it more to the middle of the range.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:26 PM   #7
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My first heffe was 14 IBU... have not tasted it yet...

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I usually have 20-24... but I like a little extra bitterness personally. I can definitely tell the difference between it and some commercial hefes though.

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:43 PM   #9
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So I brewed this and I think I have an off flavor I can't seem to identify. I dropped the boil hops to 1.0 oz, but the rest of the recipe was pretty much the same as above. I pitched a little hot (71F) and the ferment was a little warm (between 68 - 73). The fermentation went well and after 11 days I kegged and force carbed. Its been in the keggerator for 10 days or so at this point.

I just can't put my finger on the taste. It has a really strong heffe aroma and flavor (too much). The finish might have an alcohol taste, but I am just not sure. Anyone else have heffe's with off flavors like these?

My best guess is that the fermentation was too hot. Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 05-21-2007, 12:44 AM   #10
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I usually make mine with 6 lbs Wheat DME and 3% bittering hops.

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