Sorry to overload the Lambic forum with my questions.
Have any of you tried the New Belgium Imperial Berliner Weisse? I managed to snag two bottles a few months ago. It was on the shelves for all of 48 hours I think, and I've never seen it again.
Anyway it's damn good, and I want to brew one and I'm wondering what the recipe might have been. To me it was quaffably light despite the 7% ABV, and with a hint of malty (or perhaps wheaty) sweetness. It wasn't nearly as dry as the berlin weisse I brewed using the Jamil show recipe. It was a nice transparent golden color, perhaps a tad darker than your average tripel. Here's a pic.
According to NB it has a "dash of Brettanomyces" as well, although I don't remember anything at all 'funky' about it, and I may leave Brett. out of mine entirely. I figured I could start with
7 lb. American 2-row
7 lb. Malted Red Wheat
and an ounce of Hallertau for a 15 minute boil. So far this is just JZ's Berliner Weisse with the red wheat swapped in for the white, and increased quantities bringing it to an O.G. of 1.061. Here's a link to the hopville page.
I'm also going to do this using a decoction mash, although I haven't decided on the number of stages. Will this be enough to get a little bit of sweetness and body, or should I use some other grains? What would you guys suggest, Crystal 40? 60? or Munich malt?
Would mashing at a higher temperature achieve the 'body' I'm looking for, or will the Lacto slowly chew it's way through it?