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Old 12-31-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Using Torrified Wheat for Head Retention

Northern Brewer's site says that torrified wheat will "increase head retention and body at as low as 8% of the grist."

In the first IPAs I brewed, I used CaraPils for head retention. In my last recipe I substituted for torrified wheat. I did this because torrified wheat should ferment out better than CaraPils (I think; 80% extract for torrified wheat vs. 73-74% extract for CaraPils). In all cases, I've only added a flat 1/2 lb, which is usually somewhere between 3-4% of the grist. I just saw the 8% recommendation from NB today and it got me a bit curious. Although that's not a ton, it does seem a little on the high side for a minimum. That means for anything over 11.5lbs of base malt & other grains, you'd need more than 1lb of the torrified wheat. That just seems like a bit much; I don't want wheat to be a significant part of the character in my IPA.

So, I'm curious if others here on HBT find that you really need 8% of the grist to get the head retention out of torrified wheat, or if less does the trick for you?

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(Side Note: It's stupid that my browser auto-corrects "torrified" to "terrified" every single time.)

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Old 01-01-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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Terrified wheat... That's awesome!

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:26 PM   #3
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I really would like to know how much to use.

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if you just want head retention stick with the 10% mark.

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To get back to the OP, if you just want head retention, do you really need that much though? Is a half lb in a 5 gal batch enough, or do you really need at least full lb for most recipes?

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I was at my LHBS over the weekend and the manager told me to add a scoop of Torrified Wheat to the overall grain bill. He didn't give a precise amount. When I added the scoop it came out to .25 lb. The total grain amount was 12 lb including the Torrified Wheat. I can't comment on whether or not it was enough at the moment as I just brewed over the weekend, but thought I'd share what my LHBS suggested.

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I've always gotten great head retention with 5-8% (carapils, torrified wheat, flaked wheat, etc.) I didn't get good lacing until I went to about 10% (with some system changes as well)

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