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Old 06-05-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Widmer Hefeweizen Clone - It's summertime!

I am looking to do a clone of Widmers American Wheat because well I like the taste on a hot summer day.

I have not seen much on the internet and this site of course that is less than 4 years old and a All Grain recipe.

So going with what I have found, this is what I came up with.

Recipe: Widmer Hefe
Brewer: Matt
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.30 gal
Estimated OG: 1.049 SG
Estimated Color: 5.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 30 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 82.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.80 lb Great Western 2 Row (2.0 SRM) Grain 43.25 %
3.80 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 43.24 %
0.95 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 10.81 %
0.24 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2.70 %
0.25 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 10.8 IBU
0.25 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (60 min) Hops 12.5 IBU
0.92 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 3.3 IBU
0.92 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 3.3 IBU
1 Pkgs American Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP320Yeast-Wheat


I see in the following thread they talk about the hops that are comprised in Widmers blend called Alchemy hops
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/widm...my-hops-26396/

I choose Nugget and Warrior but if I can find the others, I will go that route.


What do you think? Do you think this is close?

here is the link their their website with some info:
http://www.widmer.com/beer_hefeweizen.aspx

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:00 PM   #2
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I got the remaining ingredients i need to brew this except i will be using Magnum for bittering since I have some I need to use. I think it should be ok since it is a nice clean bittering hop.

This should be boiling away on Saturday.

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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Default the recipe I used

Here's the recipe I used. It was real close to the real thing in a side by side blind comparison. I actually bought a six pack and harvested the yeast from the bottles to use and have reused3 twice so far and I'm planning on brewing again this weekend adding some warrior as a bittering to match thier "alchemy" blend. Yours looks alot like this one try it out it has to be good. On my second attempt I just did single stage ferment for 2 weeks then kegged.

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Brew Type: All Grain Date: 3/22/2009
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer Brewer:
Batch Size: 5.50 gal Assistant Brewer:
Boil Volume: 7.20 gal Boil Time: 90 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)
Actual Efficiency: 75.72 %
Taste Rating (50 possible points): 35.0

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 51.28 %
4 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 41.03 %
8.0 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 5.13 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2.56 %
0.28 oz Millennium [15.00 %] (60 min) Hops 14.2 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [7.40 %] (30 min) Hops 8.7 IBU
0.50 oz Williamette [5.40 %] (10 min) Hops 3.0 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [7.40 %] (10 min) Hops 4.1 IBU
1 Pkgs Widmer Hefe [Starter 473 ml] Yeast-Wheat

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.050 SG (1.040-1.055 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.050 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.013 SG (1.008-1.013 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Color: 5.0 SRM (3.0-6.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 30.0 IBU (15.0-30.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 7.9 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 4.74 % (4.00-5.50 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 4.95 %
Actual Calories: 222 cal/pint


Mash Profile Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out Mash Tun Weight: 9.00 lb
Mash Grain Weight: 9.75 lb Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Grain Temperature: 68.0 F Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Sparge Water: 5.67 gal Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE

Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 14.00 qt of water at 169.1 F 154.0 F 60 min


Mash Notes
Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage Carbonation Type: Kegged (Forced CO2) Carbonation Volumes: 2.6 (2.3-2.6 vols)
Estimated Pressure: 10.7 PSI Kegging Temperature: 35.0 F
Pressure Used: - Age for: 4.0 Weeks
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

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Old 06-09-2009, 07:57 AM   #4
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Actually just had a hefeweizen tonight that I based on Widmer's

Mine was:

4lb's Wheat
4lb's Pale
.75lb Munich
.50lb Crystal 40


I'm not an expert but it was fairly close, maybe a little heavy on the munich/crystal.


Thanks Weizen, I've allways wondered if you could harvest the yeast from Widmer.

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Thank you for the info. I was going to bottle harvest too but I was at the HB shop and they had 320 so I went with that.I will adjust the grain percentages have have less munich and probably throw that 30 minute Cascade addition in too to get more bittering from it and take away from the 60 minute addition.

Anyways, I look forward to tasting how this comes out.

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