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Old 10-18-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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I am looking to do an extract (LME) clone of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat and need some help. The research I have done leads me to believe that it is modeled after a Belgian Wit with Lager Yeast...yes lager yeast- with a hint of blueberry added during bottling. Does this sound right? I think it is lightly hopped, maybe I will use Perle & Mt Hood Hops. I also think I will use 1lb of 2-row malt. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks.

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:57 PM   #2
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Maybe try adding some fruity pebbles or trix cereal to the secondary?

I do believe you're right about the lager yeast, from what I've read, almost all, if not all, of leinie's beers are lagers.

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Old 10-18-2007, 07:02 PM   #3
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yes fruity pebbles dry hoping should get you the flavor your looking for.

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Old 10-18-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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Lol, spot on with the fruity pebbles, but yeah I bet anything it's a lager not a real wit.

Where are you in Illinois?

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Yea, as a kid I loved fruity pebbles, so now as an adult I can get drunk off of that same great flavor! Haha, the snobs come out. Anyway, to each his own. North of Champaign by 1.5 hrs.

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Old 10-19-2007, 12:08 AM   #6
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Isn't it actually Skittlebrau?

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Old 10-19-2007, 12:18 AM   #7
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I'd go into the database and get BierMuncher's recipe for his Blue Moon cloner. Personally I think the 2 beers are very similar.

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Old 10-19-2007, 02:42 AM   #8
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It is definately a lager. I think all of their beers are a lager. I toured the brewery last month...

I second the fruity pebbles vibe. Not a bad beer, just has that taste....

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Old 10-19-2007, 04:16 AM   #9
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I've read that this recipe is close. I'm going to convert it to extract and give it a try in a week or so:

http://rabeb25.mikesdecks.com/BEER/Recipes/Recipes/Sunset%20Wheat%205g.htm

I'm a little confused by the hops, however. It has .5 oz of cluster at 60 min but then has .5 oz of cluster also at 60 min for aroma. A typo maybe or am I just too new at this to understand?

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Old 10-19-2007, 08:53 AM   #10
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typo. If it's aroma it should be added 20mins or later. 10 probably would be better.

1.5hrs that'd put just north of kankakee, or in the south suburbs?

I think we have quite a few on here from the west suburbs.

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