This is my first post here, but I have been brewing for a number of years and am active in my local HB club. About a year ago, I poised the question of making a Wheat wine vs. the usual barley wine and was advised to this recipe:
(I'm using a Mac, and for the life of me I don't know why I can't right click and make this a hyperlink, if anyone can give me a hint, I would be much obliged)
Anyway, it turned out pretty well, but I know my efficiency wasn't up to snuff, and I didn't make a yeast starter, so I am sure it could be much better. BTW, I also made a 2nd runnings beer that was quite good. This was the 3rd time I tried the 2nd runnings, and it was the first that was any good, the others were thin and (bite my tongue) over hopped.
So fast forward a year+, and I have acquired a 150 Qt cooler and made a CPVC manifold. I really want to go for it. So my questions are:
1) How would all you knowledgeable people alter the recipe
2) How would I really do it 'right' ie, a smaller beer to start with to build up a yeast colony. I have no problems with doing a batch before hand, starters, whatever it takes.
3) With such a large MLT, would/should I max out the cooler and draw off the first X gallons to make a huge beer
, then a 2nd
(Look at that, it was changed to a hyperlink automatically, kick ass!)