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Old 02-20-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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I went out this morning on a drop of a hat and ended up at my local brew shop. I chose a witbier kit and to be honest I never even herd of this kind of beer. Does anyone know anything about it? Also reading the directions I have to steep to convert the grains for 45 min, is this considered parsial mash?? Thanks



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Old 02-20-2010, 07:48 PM   #2
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A witbier is like a Blue Moon, Hoegarden, Celis White, etc. Very clean crisp wheat beer with orange and corriander. One of my favorite summer beers.

Steeping grains is not concidered partial mash. In order to have a partial mash, you would need a seperate mash tun to convert your grains in. Your kit is what's called "extract w/ grains".



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Old 02-20-2010, 10:07 PM   #3
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The real key to this style is using the right yeast. Its'a a great light refreshing beer with lot's of flavor. See more on the style at BJCP.org

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Old 02-21-2010, 05:43 AM   #4
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I brewed the BB Witbier kit as my third brewing attempt. Witbiers are some of my favorite beers due to the spices. I think their "steep to convert" directions are more for flavor than they are for extracting fermentable sugars. I'm not sure if that's considered "partial mash" or not, however. I'm curious how yours turns out. Mine had a really blunt spicy taste to it, not what I was shooting for.

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Old 02-22-2010, 12:31 AM   #5
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thanks for your help

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Old 06-26-2010, 01:26 PM   #6
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I just finished up a batch. Here's what I have to say about it:

Not bad at all! Reminds me of Atwater Dirty Blonde.

This is what I would do differently next time:

1) Use the included yeast for, I don't know, bread or something and use a White Labs WLP400 or similar yeast.

2) Throw away the spice pack. Into the trash. Crack fresh Indian coriander and boil for five minutes, and add fresh orange zest at flameout.

3) Probably add a little more corn sugar at bottling. The OK but weak "pop-fizz" on opening a bottle may be due to the yeast, though.

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Old 08-03-2010, 12:33 AM   #7
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Witbiers are my favorite, such as blue moon or shocktop, so I was thinking about brewing one. Shocktop has an ABV of 5.2%. However, all the kits I have seen have SG between 1.042-1.046 and FG of 1.010-1.012...a significantly lower alcohol content. Just wondering if anyone knew a good wait to raise the SG of a witbier maybe to about 1.050-1.051 without altering the taste too much or even making it better. Thanks for the help!

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Old 08-03-2010, 12:42 AM   #8
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i brew wits all the time, as they are my favorite session beer. i do mine all-grain, but even so, there are a couple things that may help. like speters33w says, don't ever use the yeast in the kits. it's the cheapest generic muntons out there. yeast is a BIG key in this style. if you want liquid yeast, use wlp400; dry yeast = wb-06. you should also buy some coriander and some bitter orange peel ( or use zest from fresh oranges, which i prefer ). use that instead. to make them stronger, you can partial mash in flaked wheat and 2-row at 55/45% ratio, or brew in an extra pound of wheat dme

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i brew wits all the time, as they are my favorite session beer. i do mine all-grain, but even so, there are a couple things that may help. like speters33w says, don't ever use the yeast in the kits. it's the cheapest generic muntons out there. yeast is a BIG key in this style. if you want liquid yeast, use wlp400; dry yeast = wb-06. you should also buy some coriander and some bitter orange peel ( or use zest from fresh oranges, which i prefer ). use that instead. to make them stronger, you can partial mash in flaked wheat and 2-row at 55/45% ratio, or brew in an extra pound of wheat dme

What if your witbeir kit has WB-06 as its yeast? (my bb wit kit does)
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Witbiers are my favorite, such as blue moon or shocktop, so I was thinking about brewing one. Shocktop has an ABV of 5.2%. However, all the kits I have seen have SG between 1.042-1.046 and FG of 1.010-1.012...a significantly lower alcohol content. Just wondering if anyone knew a good wait to raise the SG of a witbier maybe to about 1.050-1.051 without altering the taste too much or even making it better. Thanks for the help!
Easiest way is just to add less water. Everything stays in balance, although you wind up with less beer. or you could add a little wheat extract (1 pound?).

I don't think either Shock Top or Blue Moon use true Belgian wit yeasts. This means your beer might turn out a little different from these. I really don't know about Safale 06 though. [EDIT: I see I'm mixing up two different posters here.]


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