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Old 06-17-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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Default Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier Clone???

I just had this beer and it is the first hef that I REALLY like. Does anybody have an AG clone recipe of this? If not...I want to make something like it that has that banana flavor!

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Old 06-17-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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50% German Wheat malt
50% German Pilsner Malt

1/2 oz Hallertau @ 60m
1/2 oz Hallertau @ 10m

Wyeast 3068 Weinhenstephan yeast.

Ferment at the upper end of the temp range (68-70) to really make the banana flavours pop.

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+1 on the 3068. Don't compromise here if you like the banana.

The warmer the ferment, the more banana and bubble gum. I have made several batches at 75F. After a while, though, the banana becomes cloying and you might want to go back to cooler ferment to tone it down a bit.

I would add 6 oz of rice hulls to avoid a stuck sparge, unless you really trust your setup.

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I've always used White Labs...is the Wyeast really the only way to go here???

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I looked on the Wyeast website and that yeast sounds perfect...

I also looked into the traditional bavarian weissbier style and decided to up the wheat to about 60% of the grain bill. Is this gonna be a problem? Should I definitely use some rice hulls now?

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I've always used White Labs...is the Wyeast really the only way to go here???...
WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast is the same thing.

You can go up to 70% of you want. By German law, at least 50% of the grist of a Weizen/Weissbier must be wheat malt.
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Thanks Rhoobarb. I like to use White Labs cuz its good stuff and they are a San Diego based company...gotta represent!! So how does this look?

6.5# German Wheat Malt (61.90%)
3.5# German Pils (33.33%)
.5# Rice Hulls (4.76%)
.5 oz. Hallertauer (60 min)
.5 oz. Hallertauer (10 min)
White Labs #300

Mash at 153F for 60 min.
Ferment at 72F

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If you ferment at 72F you will be rather heavy on the banana!

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If you ferment at 72F you will be rather heavy on the banana!
So you think a little cooler than 72F? I really do want some banana but not to the point of being overpowering. How about 68-70F?
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Has anyone used the Wyeast 3638 (WLP 351) instead of the Wyeast 3068 (WLP 300) with this same recipe? I've been trying for a Julius Echter clone and my next step is to try the WLP 351. I recently tried the Weihenstephan and it tasted a lot like Julius Echter, but the bottle said Bavarian Weizen on it.

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