Heres the recipe I decided on...
6.0 lbs of Wheat extract
1.0 light dry extract
1/2 lb crystal malt
1/2 flaked wheat
1 tsp irish moss
1.5 oz Tettnanger pellet hops
.5 oz cascade leaf hops
WL Belgian whit yeast
4 quarts frozen elderberries from my back yard tree
Crystal malt and flaked wheat in a grain bag while heating 3.5 gallons water, remove grains just before boil begins, added extract, tettnanger, irish moss...boil for 1 hour.
After boil, flame out, and steep cascade and elder berries for 20 minutes.
Couples things I should/could have done differently.....
I am thinking I should have left the elder berries in the wort, and put them in the fermenter. I dunno what difference that would make. I still have more elder berries( about 6 quarts and more to come from the tree) and thinking about putting some in when I rack to secondary.
My OG was 1.045, NOT where I wanted it, but it will work. I am thinking I should have left the crystal malt in the grain bag during warm up only, and added the flaked wheat in a second grain bag during boil. May have increased the OG a bit. Also, I boiled off a full gallon, maybe more, during boil. I had to add about 3 gallons of water. I should/could have only added 2 gallons and left myself with a 4 gallon batch and a higher OG.
Still the wort was VERY purple even after adding the nearly 3 gallons of water. Much darker than the Leinies Berry weiss I was attempting to emulate.
Something tells me this will be a way sweet brew.
Thoughts, suggestions, third degree?
Each time I brew beer, I make a mistake or two and learn alot from it.
The more I brew, the better I get.