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Old 04-29-2010, 12:27 AM   #1
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So I am brewing a Wit and the recipe I came up with is:

4 lb Pilsner
3 lb Flaked Wheat
2 lb Malted Wheat
1 lb Flaked Oats

My question is, when calculating my mash water, do I include the adjuncts (flaked wheat and oats) into that calculation? I presume I do but just wanted to be sure...

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Old 04-29-2010, 12:36 AM   #2
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yes. they still make up the grist. you have 10lb of grist. the only thing I don't count is the fistfull of rice hulls I toss in to help make sure my sparge is smooth...

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Old 04-29-2010, 12:36 AM   #3
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Yes, you presumed correctly.

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yes. they still make up the grist. you have 10lb of grist. the only thing I don't count is the fistfull of rice hulls I toss in to help make sure my sparge is smooth...
To add to that, if you are using brewing software, Beersmith in particular, do not add rice hulls into your recipe, it will calculate it as a percentage of your grist throwing your numbers off.
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Thanks fellas. Is 1 lb of rice hulls overkill?

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Old 04-29-2010, 02:05 AM   #5
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no. but a half pound might do the trick.

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I'd say go with a full pound, I brewed a Wit this past weekend, and my run-off was slooow, even with 1 lb of rice hulls.

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Schnitz, I checked out your Wit recipe. What did you think about the amount of your spices? Too much? Too little? I was planning:

1 oz Bitter Orange Peel
1 oz Coriander Seed, crushed
1/2 oz Grains of Paradise, crushed
1 tsp flour

Thanks for all the input.

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I'd say go with a full pound, I brewed a Wit this past weekend, and my run-off was slooow, even with 1 lb of rice hulls.
This is one of the few times a pound is not really overkill...1/2 the grain bill is wheat malt and flakes which both cause issues with stuck sparges. I would not go over a pound though as that is already 10% of the grain bill. Also consider a protein rest as the 4lbs of flakes are not malted and have no converting power. Many people don't do this with great results, but its not a bad idea. Or add a little 6-row in place of the 2-row...

just thoughts...
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That's pretty close to how I spice my wit. Only differences are that I don't have any grains of paradise or flour. I use 1 oz bitter orange peel, 1 oz sweet orange peel, and 1 oz cracked coriander seed (using mortar and pestle). It tastes excellent. What yeast are you planning on using?

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That's pretty close to how I spice my wit. Only differences are that I don't have any grains of paradise or flour. I use 1 oz bitter orange peel, 1 oz sweet orange peel, and 1 oz cracked coriander seed (using mortar and pestle). It tastes excellent. What yeast are you planning on using?
I am going with WLP400. So you are happy with 1 oz of each (bitter orange, sweet orange, and coriander)? Not too sweet/orange-y?
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