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Old 10-02-2006, 04:23 PM   #1
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I am a heavy, malty beer brewer/drinker who had been turned off of wheat beers by a few German Weizenbrau years ago and never went back ... until this past week. I had a Blue Moon belguim wheat beer and liked it. Enough to buy a 12 pack.
Now does anyone have a clone recipe they care to share?
I figure I'll save one of the bottles to harvest the yeast. Or do they use a bottle conditioning yeast different from the brewing yeast? Does anyone know?

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Old 10-02-2006, 04:59 PM   #2
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I just kegged a Belgian white that I brewed from a B3 recipe I found here somewhere. It came out great! It's more similar to Hoegaarden than Blue Moon. It's got a bit more body to it than the Blue Moon.

5 gal AG recipe:
10.5 lb. Belgian pale malt (can sub Maris Otter)
1.5 lb. Flaked soft white wheat
1 lb. Flaked oats

1 oz. Saaz @ 60min
1 oz. Hallertauer @60 min.

1 oz. Crushed Coriander seed @10min
1 oz. Bitter orange peel @10min.

Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier

I did a single infusion @153F for 60min & batch sparged

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Old 10-02-2006, 05:48 PM   #3
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It's unfiltered but I think it's still pasteurized... probably dead yeast in the bottle.

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Old 10-04-2006, 09:09 PM   #4
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Some ideas...

I bottled up a batch of the recipe below about 2 wks ago; and I have a few comments you might be able to use.

1. I think Blue Moon has more of an orange taste. Total orange for this batch was 3/4 oz bitter orange; I've made up a wit bier that used 1 oz bitter and 1 oz sweet which was much more prominent. What I'd recommend is using 1/4 oz bitter and 1/4 oz sweet orange peel at 15 min, then add 1/2 oz bitter and 1/4 oz sweet at 2 minutes.
2. If you use a Belgian Wit Bier yeast, be prepared to get that characteristic Belgian yeast taste. If this isn't what you're shooting for, plan accordingly.
3. Coriander. I'd personally use more coriander; I like somewhere in between 1/4 to 1/2 oz total. Maybe add 1/4 oz at 15 and 1/4 at 2 oz.
4. I'd probably skip the cumin if I did it again.

8 oz. Belgian aromatic
4 oz. Flaked oats
8 oz. Flaked wheat
5.5 lb. Wheat extract

1 oz. Kent Goldings (4.1% AA, 60 min.)
0.5 oz. Kent Goldings (6.3% AA, 45 min.)
0.5 oz. Saaz (5.0% AA, 13 min.)

0.25 oz bitter orange peel @ 15 min
0.75 tsp crushed coriander seeds @ 15 min
1/8 tsp crushed cumin seeds @ 15 minutes
0.5 oz bitter orange peel @ 2 min
0.5 tsp crushed coriander seeds @ 2 min
1/8 tsp crushed cumin seeds @ 2 min

Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier yeast

Prime with 3/4 cup corn sugar.

I hope this helps a little. My previous attempt can be found in my sig.

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Blue Moon is an American-ized Celis/Hoegaarden knock off. I think Cheesefood has a link to a pretty good Hoegaarden clone recipe in his signature.

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Old 10-05-2006, 01:10 AM   #6
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Blue Moon is an American-ized Celis/Hoegaarden knock off. I think Cheesefood has a link to a pretty good Hoegaarden clone recipe in his signature.
'Scuse me? Knock-off?? I believe Peter Celis started / revived Hoegaarden, sold it, came to the States, started Peter Celis Brewery and brewed Blue Moon, sold it to Coors, who has since sold it to Molson of Canada...
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I thought Coors and Molson merged?

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They did, ticker TAP. Not sure if it was a true merger, or if one bought the other.

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'Scuse me? Knock-off?? I believe Peter Celis started / revived Hoegaarden, sold it, came to the States, started Peter Celis Brewery and brewed Blue Moon, sold it to Coors, who has since sold it to Molson of Canada...
Now I don't want to get into a pissing contest or big argument here, but I can't find a single piece of info that supports Celis ever brewing Blue Moon and selling the recipe to Coors. He tends to get credit for reviving Hoegaarden in Belgium and for creating the famed Celis White in his brewery in Austin.

All that aside, I really enjoy both Hoegaarden and Blue Moon, and I'd jump at the chance to sample a Celis White if I ever find it for sale.
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Blue moon.... Available in Extract, Mini-Mash, Unmilled AG and Milled AG..... Enjoy..

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=10902

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