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Old 04-24-2008, 02:57 AM   #1
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Hey guys I'm planning on brewing up some Witbier this weekend and could use a little help on the recipe. I've never brewed a wheat beer and I'm not sure what ingredients will make the best but I know the basics. So far I've picked up the following:

6 1/2 lbs of 65% wheat 35% barley malt extract

1oz Corriandrum
1oz Bitter orange peel

1oz Czech Saaz pellet hops

White labs 400 yeast

What other suggestions do you guys have? I could also use some boil time suggestions etc.

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Old 04-24-2008, 03:00 AM   #2
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Hey guys I'm planning on brewing up some Witbier this weekend and could use a little help on the recipe. I've never brewed a wheat beer and I'm not sure what ingredients will make the best but I know the basics. So far I've picked up the following:

6 1/2 lbs of 65% wheat 35% barley malt extract

1oz Corriandrum
1oz Bitter orange peel

1oz Czech Saaz pellet hops

White labs 400 yeast

What other suggestions do you guys have? I could also use some boil time suggestions etc.

Thanks,

Matt

That's alot of wheat proportion. How much total grain? 6.5lbs total? AG, I take it?
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:01 AM   #3
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Sounds like a solid recipe.

Hops - 60 minute boil


Coriander and orange, 10-15 minutes.

Make sure to crush the coriander with a rolling pin.

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personally I would drop the spices a bit, and ferment warm.. Let the yeast take care of the spice. Besides that looks good.

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I was about to say that is a lot of corriander, bit thats just me.

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Thanks for the replies.

Maybe I'll go with 1/2 oz of the corriander. Now as far as the grind, any recommendations? I was thinking a coarse grind and using the the spices at the end of my boil figure 10-15 for the corriander as BierMuncher suggested, and 20 on the peel. I was considering going with the real orange zest but I read that getting the right part of the orange is crucial and I want to make sure I get the flavoring I need.

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1/2 ounce would be good. I do 1/4 ounce at 15 in my wit beer.I just use a wine bottle to crush it. Go with fresh.. It is soo much better than the dried stuff. Its kind of a pain, but well worth it. You can use a zester, but I just use a cheese grater. Just make sure to only use the orange stuff, no white.

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Thanks Ryan I'll give the real stuff a try Any special type of orange I should look for?

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Thanks Ryan I'll give the real stuff a try Any special type of orange I should look for?
I have used Tangerines and normal oranges. For a wit beer I would just use normal ones. The Tangerines give a sweeter flavor, IMO. You could mix the two up, might make things interesting.
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Funny you mention that I was thinking of those or maybe a mandarin because I know they are sweet.

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