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Old 01-27-2009, 01:37 AM   #11
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My suggestion would be to skip the oats. I tried a Wit with oats a couple of months ago, thought it would be really good but as it turned out it wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting. Next time I will just skip the oats.
Was it not as good because it had oats in it? Had you brewed the exact recipe before without oats and then this one with oats and noticed a marked difference between the two?
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:30 AM   #12
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Was it not as good because it had oats in it? Had you brewed the exact recipe before without oats and then this one with oats and noticed a marked difference between the two?
Yes, it was not as good with the oats in it.

I didn't like it as much anyway.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:35 AM   #13
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Alrighty, now I'm starting to consider yeasts. I know I have a basic Belgian Wit yeast available. I've heard good things about the Wyeast Forbidden Fruit and then my LHBS guy told me to definitely not use it. Conflicting. Any advice from people who have used either?

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Old 01-28-2009, 03:46 AM   #14
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I use WLP400 with great results, and can highly recommend it.

I haven't tried Forbidden Fruit or WLP410, so can't really compare.

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Old 01-28-2009, 04:10 AM   #15
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I've made three tasty batches of Wit using Wyeast 3944. Rumor has it, that yeast makes a good gruit too.

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Forbidden Fruit has always made an excellent Wit in my brewery.

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Old 01-29-2009, 08:18 PM   #17
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Grabbed some torrified wheat, flaked oats, and acidulated malt today to get this baby going. LHBS owner told me I could steep all of those grains....I am almost 100% positive I cannot get away with a steep on oats and wheat, not sure about the acidulated malt. I'm planning 1lb wheat and probably half a pound of oats. How much base malt should I use to convert those with in the mini mash?

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LHBS owner is wrong :-) Wheat, oats, and acid malt all need to be mashed.

None of these have any diastatic power, so you will need a decent amount of base malt to convert them. A couple of pounds should do the job.

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If you don't add any base malt, you'll extract some starches and stuff out of them but not actually mash the wheat/oats. All of my wits have been steeps (not mini-mashes) with DME added later, and they came out fine.

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