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Old 07-02-2009, 12:53 AM   #1
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My friend went to Germany and had Hefeweisen there and came home with this amazing idea that we needed to brew some. This is what got me back into brewing. I have basic knowledge and have brewed a few batches in the past. I brewed a kit to get myself back in the groove and after that first batch,,, the beer experimenting started. He talked about how potent the authentic stuff was so I was going for this affect. Not knowing exactly what I was doing, the only way I knew to increase the alcohol was to put in more yeast food. So Instead of using 6lbs of extract for a 5 gallon batch, I decided to use 9lbs of extract and raise my yield upto a 6 gallon batch and just wanted to see what would come of it. Anyway I did a full wort boil and used 1 pouch of wyeast hefeweisen activator pouch. And followed the directions as far as smacking the bladder and letting the package swell. I did a primary of 1 week and a secondary of 3 weeks. I've tried researching, but can't find any answers. What is the ingredient to more alcohol? Yeast type, Yeast Quantity, or more malt? or all of it? Did I waste the 3lbs of malt?

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Mike

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Old 07-02-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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more fermentables raises your abv.
you need to make sure your yeast can handle it though.
what was the OG and FG?

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:17 AM   #3
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OG was around 1.060 no FG yet. Still in secondary until friday. I used wyeast hefeweizen activator which I believe should handle it. If I would want to go to a higher OG should I use more yeast or a different yeast?

Thanks for the input.

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:20 AM   #4
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heres a great tool for yeast pitching rates
Mr Malty Pitching Rate Calculator

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:39 AM   #5
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The real stuff is only just over 5% that's why the labels have to say Malt Liquour on them.

You can check out my recipe on the left <<<<< under RECIPES

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