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dnichols 04-17-2011 08:50 PM

Color of Hoegaarden Wit more orange than yellow??
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Can anyone tell me why my Hoegaarden Wit came out more orange than the signature soft yellow? Dissapointed. I will be bottling this today after 4 weeks fermenting. Is this an effect of water chemistry? Ingredients below.

8oz flaked wheat
8 oz belgian aromatic malt
4 oz flaked oats
4 oz oat hulls
5.5 lb Muntons DME
1 oz east kent goldings
1/2 oz kent goldings
3/4 oz bitter orange peel
1-1/4 tsp crushed coriander
1/4 tsp crushed cumin
1/2 oz czech saaz

Wyeast 3463

Any help would be great. Tasted it after taking gravity reading, tastes great.

Rev2010 04-19-2011 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by weirdboy View Post
but you really want roughly 50/50 pilsner and wheat in that recipe usually.
^^ This. My Wit's that I did I used did a 50/50 wheat to barley ratio. Since the DME & LME I use is 65% Wheat and 35% barley I used 5lbs of Wheat LME from NothernBrewer and 1.75lbs of Briess Pilsen DME. Mine still came out more orange but I've had many commercial Wit's that were the same orangey color as the one I made. As mentioned it's harder to achieve such light colors using wheat extract. I'm stressing the wheat extract part cause you can get very light extract beers with Pilsen extract but Wit's use wheat and wheat extracts seem to mostly all have a more orange color than equivalent all grain wheats.


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