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Old 08-20-2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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I was talking to a guy at work about his latest recipe, a wheat beer.
The jist for the grain bill was 6 lbs 2row, and 3lbs carawheat. I was like holy hell 3lbs cara wheat?? Thats going to be overly sweet, and I bet your gravity wont go lower than 1.020. Even wyermanns website says 15% max. We are talking 33% cystal malt. I once made a beer with 1lb crystal 60 and it tasted like a toffee bomb. I cant imagine what 3lbs of a crystal malt would taste like. Anyway he took a picture of his final gravity reading. 1.002, barely above 1.000 I was like WTF? I think its odd for any type of beer to dry up that much, let alone a beer with 3lbs of a crystal malt. Am I missing something? How is that possible?

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:54 PM   #2
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I was talking to a guy at work about his latest recipe, a wheat beer.
The jist for the grain bill was 6 lbs 2row, and 3lbs carawheat. I was like holy hell 3lbs cara wheat?? Thats going to be overly sweet, and I bet your gravity wont go lower than 1.020. Even wyermanns website says 15% max. We are talking 33% cystal malt. I once made a beer with 1lb crystal 60 and it tasted like a toffee bomb. I cant imagine what 3lbs of a crystal malt would taste like. Anyway he took a picture of his final gravity reading. 1.002, barely about 1.000 I was like WTF? I think its odd for any type of beer to dry up that much, let alone a beer with 3lbs of a crystal malt. Am I missing something? How is that possible?
His hydrometer is broken? That sounds like a beer I wouldn't touch, but if someone has a sweet tooth they may like it.
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:06 AM   #3
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His hydrometer is broken?
I actually suggested that to him, but he said water was at 1.000 at room temp
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but what yeast did he use?

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Sounds like he's pulling your leg...

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Could he have used beano in it? I think adding those tablets really has the beer finish low like that.

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That seems low, however, for my 2nd batch of AG, I tried converting a wild flower wheat extract recipe into an AG, but bought the carawheat by accident at the brew shop and wound up with the following grain bill:
- 7Lbs Pale Malt 2-Row US
- 4.25 Lbs Carawheat
- .25 lbs Rice Hulls

OG = 1.052
FG = 1.009

Last hydro sample I pulled tasted "Ok", it's by no means what I meant to make, but I'll be bottling it up this weekend and see what I get, but as far as fermenting is concerned, it seemed to ferment down just fine.

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depends on the yeast

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depends on the yeast
For mine it was just WLP320 American Hefeweizen Ale
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with that cara bill and 320, it should have ended at 1.014-6... no idea how it ended that dry

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