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Old 04-04-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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I think for my 5th beer I'll try a wheat beer... are all the steps/equipment/etc. going to be the same?

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Old 04-04-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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If you're doing all extract, I would think it would just be a matter of buying wheat extract.

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Old 04-04-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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It is basically the same, although with wheat I would recommend doing a late addition to keep the finished beer light in color.

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Old 04-04-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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yes, a wheat is just the same.

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Exactly the same, +1 on the late addition idea.

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Just don't make the mistake I made. I did a wheat beer for my second brew and went cheap and used dry yeast (coopers I think). Make sure you're using a Hefeweisen yeast. 3/4 of what makes a wheat beer a wheat beer is the yeast that you use. It's worth the few extra bucks.

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Just don't make the mistake I made. I did a wheat beer for my second brew and went cheap and used dry yeast (coopers I think). Make sure you're using a Hefeweisen yeast. 3/4 of what makes a wheat beer a wheat beer is the yeast that you use. It's worth the few extra bucks.
WB-06 can make some tasty beer, I made one of my best Hefe's ever using it.
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Sometimes the krausen on a wit/wheat will not fall when the ferment is down.

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I think for my 5th beer I'll try a wheat beer... are all the steps/equipment/etc. going to be the same?
* I would use a liquid weizen yeast of some kind
* use a blowoff tube
* use a blowoff tube
* use a blowoff tube

Wheat-based beers are infamous for massive airlock blowouts. You have been warned.
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WB-06 can make some tasty beer, I made one of my best Hefe's ever using it.
Maybe I misrepresented myself there. I used a non-hefe yeast because it came with the kit and I was being cheap. Make sure to use a Hefe yeast.

And I second the blowoff tube recommendation. The first dunkelweisen that I made blew the lid off of the ale pail. SWMBO was not pleased with the yeast and wort on the walls.
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