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Old 01-27-2014, 07:17 PM   #11
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OKay fellas, I wanted to update the thread. I just bottled it today. I followed the brew store owner's directions to the T and my 2.5 gallon batch first measured 1.061 and today measured 1.012. I decided to bottle and added 2 gallons of "Squirt" soda, which was the closet thing to a real grapefruit soda as I could find. Tasted a little weird when I tried it after mixing, but I am sure 1-2 weeks in the bottle should straighten it out. However, the hefeweizen was absolutely amazing before I mixed so hopefully it turns out great. As far as looks goes, I'd say I nailed it.

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Hefe before mixing:














AND ON MORE TIME CAUSE IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

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Old 02-19-2014, 05:38 PM   #12
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***UPDATE***

Ok since bottling, I have allowed the bottles to condition for 2 weeks before trying my first one. I am sad to say that the results were horrendous. Prior to adding the Squirt, the Hefeweizen was absolutely perfect...smelled great, tasted even better and had a beautiful color. I tried my first one on the two week mark (which was a few weeks ago) and my intial thoughts were sheer disappointment. At first, although it had carbonation when I opened and poured it, it tasted flat...and I am guessing this is because the soda I used. On top of the flat taste, it smelled like a gym sock and tasted very strange. I do not think the beer has anything wrong with it like infection, but just strange because of the soda. I am not sure if this has ever been tried, but hey, you can't learn without doing.

Then a allowed another week to pass and tried again. Same horrid smell and the taste got a little better and the flat flavor seemed as if it was going away. Gave it another week and tried yet again. Smell does not seem to be going away but carbonation is starting to shine through. It still tastes very strange and is not enjoyable to drink. I am guessing that it is probably just a crappy batch (I'm sure we've all made em) but either way, I am not a quitter and plan on allowing it to keep going. Maybe in a month or so, I will try again and see if the flavor improves. Till then, it will be stored in a nice dark 66F closet.

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Old 08-20-2014, 03:36 PM   #13
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Bump...

I'm interested in making this "clone". I share your same story - I tried it, liked it, and gave it to my GF (who doesn't drink beer, just cider), and she loved it - to the point I'm sent out to buy more on a regular basis.

Anyways, how was the long-term analysis? A lot of my beers needed some time to mellow out and condition. It's not like this was a huge beer or anything, but I'm curious to see if it improved.

Also, was the soda real sugar or HFCS?

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