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nyer 02-20-2008 02:19 PM

American wheat question
I know when making a german hefe you don't need a secondary. Should I or shouldn't I use a secondary on an american wheat? I brewed it on Monday the
18th and I'm leaving for a weeks vacation on the 25th. I'm trying to decide if I should leave it alone until I return or rack to a secondary right before I leave.

jvh261 02-20-2008 02:58 PM

You'll be fine just leaving it alone and it'll be ready to bottle or keg when you return.

I think it might be time to make a wheat myself... spring is right around the corner (hopefully).

quickerNu 02-20-2008 03:24 PM

That was my last beer and my first without a secondary. I am VERY happy with it!

nyer 02-20-2008 05:20 PM

I hope it comes out good, it's going to be an apricot wheat.

Skunkyhops 02-20-2008 06:08 PM

I brewed a citrus wheat on 2-11 after reading around the forums ive decided to just leave it in the primary the entire time. After I bottle it im gonna pitch another wheat beer on the same cake.

c.n.budz 02-20-2008 06:47 PM

I'm brewing an American wheat right now. It's a recipe that I've made 5 or 6 times, never used a secondary and the beer has always turned out great

devaspawn 02-20-2008 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by Skunkyhops
After I bottle it im gonna pitch another wheat beer on the same cake.

Sorry to hijack, but can you do that with any other ale as well?

DeathBrewer 02-20-2008 07:51 PM

yes you can.

and using a secondary is completely up to you. it'll be fine without it.

one of my best hefes ever was an american wheat that had quite a bit of hops, i used irish moss AND i used secondary. it was extract, but it came out quite clear...everyone really enjoyed it.

of course, i've made some great german-style hefes as well and never use a secondary with those.

Skunkyhops 02-20-2008 07:54 PM

DEVASPAWN- Yes you can but its been mentioned before that anything you add to the beer like orange peel for example may carry through a tiny bit into the next beer. This is my first time pitching onto a cake though so really i have no idea.

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