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Old 03-04-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Cabin Fever International Wheat - Lightly Dark

I had some extra ingredients around and I've been seeing dark wheats showing up around here.I thought I'd try something different. I'm adding a little dark malt for color and flavor - hopefully not too much. I bought the wheat for this a while back and kept it in the freezer.

8-1/2lb American Wheat
3-3/4lb Canada Malting two row barley
1lb Briess Ashburne Midnight Malt #5355 Diastatic Power 65deg Lintner - Color 5.3deg Lovibond
1lb Briess Carabrown Malt #6461 Seasonal
1/4lb Briess Midnight Wheat Malt #6459
1/4lb Briess Dark Chocolate Malt #5444 Roasted Malt Color 420deg Lovibond

13.8lbs total
1-3/4 quarts water per pound of grain ~ 6 gallons, [8 gallons Edit - I ended up raising it.]
add about 2 gallons for loss to grain bed
Total equals about 10 gallons water.
I'm going to try to get closer to 158-ish for the mash about 40 minutes.
I'll probably run the sparges a little hotter - 165-ish with about a ten minute dwell.

60 min boil
1 oz Cascade at first wort hops (Place into fermentor as you take first runnings)
Start boil.
1 oz Willamette at 45 minutes flavor w/addition of sparge wort.
1/2 oz Cascade 30 minutes [flavor?] [oops - was supposed to be 15 minutes]
1/2 oz Cascade at flame out aroma*

Now - I have Safale 04 for yeast. How bad is that going to be?

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-- 5 gallons initial Mash-in 40 minutes.
_____(First Wort Hop) Place the hops into the collector pot as you drain the initial mash.
_____Drain Mash Tun into collector Amount Item Type 1oz Cascade (60 min)
_____Start to heat collected wort while fininshing the sparges.
-- Batch Sparge Round 1: Sparge with 3gal of 180 F water.
_____(Sparge set in at about 158, about 10 minutes)
-- Batch Sparge Round 2: Sparge with 3gal of 180 C water.
_____(Sparge set in at about 158, about 10 minutes, it was running slower at the end)
-- Collected a boil volume of about _ gallons.


The sparge is running slow and steady....

I did the first wort hops addition with this because I did it with the Boddington's I also did today.
I thought I might get a little more usage from my hops too. I adjusted the hops above. A teenagers birthday party kind of got in the way. We picked up German foreign exchange student for a few months. He turned 17 and we had the party in half-time of my boil.

I'll be placing this out on the deck next to the Boddington's Pub Ale clone for chilling.

It looks like about 9 gallons of wort. It is a nice rick dark color with a hint of amber. The hops aroma seem quite subdued so far. I had hoped they would come out a little more.

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I brought the wort in this morning. The temp was 48deg F and O.G. was 1.052.

That is a little heavier than I was shooting for, but ot will be beer. It looked about the same color as the Boddington's, just cloudier.

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I measured the FG and it was at 1.014.

there were two buckets - one smelled like a bottle of beer that had been left open over night. I think it might have oxidized.

The other one smelled good, but heavy, chocolatey - not light like I think wheats should be. Maybe under hopped?

Oh well, we'll see what happens.

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This was not good at all when it was green (a few days in the bottle). It has gotten to drinkable.

I need to refrigerate a few bottles - this will probably be good cold.

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After weeks of bottle conditioning this has gotten quite good.

It was kind of sharp early on. It has mellowed quite well and is disappearing fast.

I will make this again.

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