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Old 06-04-2006, 11:31 PM   #1
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well brewed my first wheat beer today.. i plan on adding raspberry in the second fermentor.. (btw.. im still trying to figure out how much to put in.. suggestions welcome!)

3.3 lbs light malt extract
4.95 lbs wheat malt extract
1 oz tettnanger hops (3.7% AA) (15 into the boil)

pitched Wyeast #3056 Bavarian Wheat

2.5 - 3 gallon boil...boiled total 60 mins.

racking into a 6.6 carboy.. can i just say..dang that stuff had some head on it.. ill be watching it very closely!

not real happy with my OG it was only 1.03 needless to say the recipe stated 1.052 .. looks like ill have a weak beer but im hoping the fruit will ferment some and help the alcohol levels out some..

also..is it really common for wheat beer to appear to have SOO much stuff in it? ill post a pic so you can see.. im excited and looking forward to it.. needless to say.. one more girly beer for the Sailman to have to put up with! oh well the lagernot turned out awesome.. hopefully this will be drinkable!

the wheat is on the left; the sweet mead that is fermenting is on the right (been bubbling now about a week!)

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Old 06-05-2006, 12:00 AM   #2
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Don't know if you plan on using real fruit or extract, but a recipe posted on this forum called for 1.5-2 tablespoons of McCormick's Natural Raspberry Extract at bottling/kegging.

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Old 06-05-2006, 12:24 AM   #3
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Wheats tend to be murky. I'm puzzled how you could have that much extract and such a low OG, you certainly didn't add too much water at the end. Maybe you didn't mix it enough before taking the gravity.

I'd put two pounds of raspberries in the secondary & check the flavor at a week. Personally, I just like a hint of fruit in my ales. Ciders are a different story, I do blackberry revenge at 50/50.

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Gravity does not sound right at all... ProMash puts it at 1.060. Before you toss raspberrys in there I'd PM Pumbaa. He recently did... raspberrys or blackberrys and had a problem with a lot of floating stuff.... perhaps he figured out what he did. You could also use Oregon Fruit Puree if you want to go real easy on yourself. I used the Cherry puree and was very happy with the results. Was a pice of cake... open can and dump in secondary.

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Expect it to go through a secondary fermentation when you toss whatever fruit you want to add to it. Be sure you have enough room. I used a 5 gal secondary carboy and PAID THE PRICE for my stupidity. Had a bit of a mess.....

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Old 06-05-2006, 12:56 AM   #5
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ya know i didnt mix it up because what we did was pour the wort in the fermentor then we poured the water into the fermentor after throught a funnel... kinda thought that would mix it enough.. maybe thats why i got a low og...do you think that will cause a problem during fermenting or do you think ill be ok?

ill keep a watch on it and keep my fingers crossed..

wheat is definately much more murky ... and i was planning on using frozen raspberries.. i dont want it overpowering but i wanna taste some raspberry..

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congrats - wheats are my favorite - wait till you taste you first uber fresh bottle. M M M

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Expect it to go through a secondary fermentation when you toss whatever fruit you want to add to it. Be sure you have enough room. I used a 5 gal secondary carboy and PAID THE PRICE for my stupidity. Had a bit of a mess.....
yea i plan on racking it in the fermentor bucket instead of the carboy.. i dont have an open 6.6 carboy right now so i think that will be safer.. NOT about to put it in the 5 gallon one.. i think that Sailman would come after me with a vengence!
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ya know i didnt mix it up because what we did was pour the wort in the fermentor then we poured the water into the fermentor after throught a funnel... kinda thought that would mix it enough.. maybe thats why i got a low og...do you think that will cause a problem during fermenting or do you think ill be ok?
this is definitely your issue. unless you forgot to add some extract.
it won't cause a problem during fermentation. the activity during fermentation will stir things up enough.
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ya know i didnt mix it up because what we did was pour the wort in the fermentor then we poured the water into the fermentor after throught a funnel...
I'm very glad this worked out for you. Usually the reason you put the water in first is you could shatter the carboy if the wort is not cool enough. I would consider this a lucky experience.
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we use a wort chiller so its already cooled when we pour it in the carboy!

and well its fermenting today.. so thats a good sign!!

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