Most Characterfull Yeast for Hefeweizen
I just scored me 10 pounds of red wheat, so I am going to make a hefeweizen.
50% red wheatmalt
18-20 IBU of vanguard at 90
No finishing hops
Mash at 152-153
Ferment at 62 (let rise?)
I love banana and clove flavor to dominate my hefeweizen. I know everybody loves WLP300 and I will use that if I need to, but can anybody reccomend a different strain that has a lot of charachter or maybe even a modification to my process/recipe that could help encourage these flavors?
I'd say that looks perfect to me...with the Weihenstephan yeast. The lightly-kilned Pilsner malt will give you some really nice clove phenols. And you'll still get plenty of esters/banana at 62 that won't overpower the subtitles of the phenols. I think you can get exactly what you're looking for with that yeast.
I would keep it at 62 until activity slows, then bump it up to 70ish to help finish.
Water / mash pH also matters...will you acidify your mash?
I could add some acidulated malt to the grist? I don't know how alse to acidify.
Is a multistep mash with decoction for final sach rest worth it?
Nah, skip the decoction. You could add 4-6oz of melanoidin malt to give you some of those melanoidin warm roasty bread flavors.
I've never used acid malt, but I know many do in their hefes. I usually just use a few mLs of lactic acid. Have you used the EZ water / Bru'n water sheets?
I have not, i dont have much info on my water. I guess its soft though
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