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Old 04-30-2007, 02:16 AM   #1
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So I am new to brewing, am now tasting my first IPA extract brew (third batch) and it's not bad.

I just finished my first AG of a Fat Tire clone and the wort tasted delicious. Will test gravity after I type this.

I am thinking of brewing either a Belgian White or a Hefeweizen next.

Does anyone have a good Widmer Hefe clone recipe? Also, by reading this board and studying Palmer's book, it looks like these wheat beasts can be pretty violent so I am assuming I should use a blow off for this beer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and cheers!

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Old 04-30-2007, 02:46 AM   #2
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I've got a Fat Tire AG brew tapped right now. It's a little more malty than what I really prefer, but it tastes good. I think with a little more time, it'll be even better.

Widmer Hefe's OK, but I've never brewed it before. However, my last beer was a Belgian Wit, an AHS clone of Blue Moon. It's been in the bottle for 2 wks and already tastes outstanding. Here's my Beer Smith report if you're interested.

AHS Blue Moon
Brew Type: All Grain Date: 3/30/2007
Style: Bavarian Weizen (Weissbier) Brewer: Clint Sparkman
Batch Size: 5.00 gal Assistant Brewer:
Boil Volume: 6.13 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.0 % Equipment: BREWTREE- 5 Gallon recipe
Actual Efficiency: 71.4 %

Taste Rating (50 possible points): 35.0
spices really coming through at bottling!
4/27 - 2 weeks in bottle. Taste is great! Spices starting to mellow. Several tasters raved.

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
5 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 50.0 %
3 lbs Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 30.0 %
1 lbs Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 10.0 %
1 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 10.0 %
0.50 oz Cascade [6.90%] (45 min) Hops 10.6 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [6.90%] (10 min) Hops 4.2 IBU
0.25 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
0.25 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Belgian Wit Ale (White Labs #WLP400) Yeast-Wheat

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.051 SG (1.040-1.056 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.012 SG (1.010-1.014 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Color: 3.6 SRM (2.0-9.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 14.8 IBU (10.0-20.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 0.7 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 5.1 % (4.3-5.6 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 5.2 %
Actual Calories: 231 cal/pint

Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Protein Rest Add 2.50 gal of water at 131.1 F 122.0 F 30 min
Saccrification Add 1.75 gal of water at 208.0 F 154.0 F 30 min
Mash Out Heat to 168.0 F over 2 min 168.0 F 10 min



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You definately want a blow-off tube with a wheat beer. I did a google search for you and found this.

http://hbd.org/discus/messages/15516/17699.html?1062442219

I like Widmer myself, even though it's not really a traditional hefe. Good luck.

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Thanks Sparky! Looks like a damn good wit!

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You definately want a blow-off tube with a wheat beer. I did a google search for you and found this.

http://hbd.org/discus/messages/15516/17699.html?1062442219

I like Widmer myself, even though it's not really a traditional hefe. Good luck.
Thanks for the link I will include this in my notes.

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