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Old 02-24-2010, 04:52 AM   #1
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My wits have not been as white as I would like. Would someone offer insight. My grain bill is as follows:

4.5#belgian pils
4.5#flaked wheat
1#flaked oats

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Old 02-24-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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Wit's aren't really suppose to be white. I use almost the same grain bill, but not as much flaked wheat, and I get a yellow color similiar to bud light.

Try substituting some flaked wheat for white wheat. I'm not sure if there's much of a color difference, but I've always been happy with mine.

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Old 02-24-2010, 02:56 PM   #3
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do a shorter boil or not as aggresive

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Old 02-24-2010, 03:21 PM   #4
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My witbier is significantly paler than BMC. Perhaps your Belgian pilsner has a deeper or more golden color? Or perhaps your grain bill is heavier (higher OG)?

You can look at the recipe I use here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/sing...itbier-141604/

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Awesome...Thanks

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Old 02-24-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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you using salt water mr. san diego? LOL

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After looking at Pappers recipe, mine is about the same color. I think it registers 3.4 or 3.5srm. Haven't looked at my recipe stats in awhile. I guess I don't drink BMC enough to remember what it looks like.

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Yeah I was thinking of backing off my boil time

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A tip I picked up from a post by Saccharomyces but have not yet tried:
"I boil mine for 90 minutes at a bare simmer. Wort is cloudy and almost white in color.
I got the 'bare simmer' technique from a local microbrewer who in turn got the tip from Pierre Celis himself."

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