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Old 04-12-2008, 11:14 PM   #1
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I just brewed a dunkelweizen from midwest supplies (recipe at end of post)
I was curious about fermentation opinions.
Popular opinon is that a hefe shouldn't get secondary. I would think a dunkelweizen would get the same treatment.

However the instructions from Midwest actually say they reccomend a secondary on this beer. This is my first kit I got from them, so maybe that is default language on all of their instruction sheets.

I am curious if the all mighty brain power that is homebrewtalk.com beleives the same for a dunkel and hefe? No secondary needed.

Also, based on the forum searches I have found most people bottle a hefe after two weeks fermentation. Should I follow the same schedule for a dunkelweizen?


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Old 04-12-2008, 11:56 PM   #2
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It wouldn't hurt to let it sit longer, but it should be ready after 2 weeks. Just ferment it at 68 for two weeks and then package it.

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I just brewed a dunkel today as well. Pitched it on the yeast cake from the hefe I just bottled. I've done a dunkel before and just went 2 weeks in primary and straight to bottling. It turned out great. I don't think a secondary for a week or so is going to do much but drop some yeast out, and I kinda want that yeast in the bottle...

The main thing is keeping your temps down while fermenting...and use a blowoff tube.

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