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Old 04-02-2014, 01:36 AM   #1
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Evening all, quick question. I am in the process of designing my first wheat beer for SWMBO. I was reading the guidelines set forth in the "designing great beers" book and he recommends a recipe that has 1\2 to 2\3 of the grist as wheat and the other portion 2 row. Thoughts on this? Seems foreign to me as I typically brew with Marris or 2 row as my base. Thanks for your opinions!

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Old 04-02-2014, 01:56 AM   #2
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Yeah but it's a wheat so it makes sense that the bulk of the grist is in fact wheat

I've done some that are 50-60% wheat. Just be sure to use at least a lb of rice hulls to prevent a stuck sparge


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Looking to brew a Boulevard Wheat clone soon and that grain bill is roughly 61% pale malt, 18% unmalted wheat and 21% malted wheat so a little less than the numbers you list but still a significant portion is wheat.

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Do you have a particular beer to base it off of? The recipe would be based off of what taste and mouthfeel you are shooting for?

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I always use 55-60% wheat in my wheat beers. Rice hulls work, but I rarely use them anymore. Just another cost. My last wheat I had a tad stuck sparge, but I just stirred and vorlofed and cleared it right up

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There is nothing particularly wrong with using MO if you want a maltier wheat beer and are not afraid to break from tradition, but I wouldn't do it personally because it would overpower the mild flavor of wheat. I use 2-row as my base in beers like this. I wouldn't hesitate to use pilsner malt. I typically use 35-50% wheat. Rice hulls are cheap insurance.

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55-60% Wheat and the rest of the grist should be 2 row for a nice American Wheat. If you are trying to brew to style, Maris otter will throw an American Wheat recipe out of balance big time.

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50% wheat is a german requirement, but also I'd wager that the beer wouldn't taste right without at least that much. With all the unique esters and phenols those yeasts produce, I imagine a lot is tied to the nutrients that are available in wheat vs barley.

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Yep, 50-60% wheat and the rest 2-row, or pilsner especially if doing a German hefe. You brewing a German or American wheat?

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Yep, 50-60% wheat and the rest 2-row, or pilsner especially if doing a German hefe. You brewing a German or American wheat?
An American, its going to be a Raspberry Wheat, brewing it today; we shall see how it turns out!
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