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Old 03-17-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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So i'm brewing up a higher gravity beer for the summer time, feedback on the recipe would be greatly appreciated

6 lbs wheat extract
3.3 lb pilsner extract
8 oz carapils

1 oz saaz at 60
1 table spoon coriander at 15
.5 oz lemon peel at 10
.5 oz bitter orange peel at 10
1 oz saaz at 5
white labs hefeweizen ale yeast
I'm worried the hopping might be a little low, any thoughts?

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Old 03-17-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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Looks ok. However, my concern lies in why you want high-gravity, high-alcohol in the summer. Summer beers are normally brewed to be light, refreshing, and have the ability to be consumed in quantity. Or am I mistaken?

As far as the hops... It kinda depends on the volume and gravity of your boil. If you boil with 2 gallons and top off with water to make the full 5 gallons, your IBU will be lower than if you brewed with the full 5 gallons.

The 1oz Saaz at 5 mins may only give you 2 IBU. If that. So, if you figure you boil 2.5 gallons (target OG around 1.080) with 1oz Saaz for an hour, you will have approximately 7 IBU. lol. You'll definitely want to go a bit higher than that. Now if you boil all 5 gallons, your IBU will jump to about 14IBU.

Remember, the higher the gravity, the lower the IBU. So if your TG is higher than 1.080 then you will need more hops yet.

BJCP Guidelines for witbier (basically what you're making) call for 10-20 IBU. Depending on how sweet you want this brew, you can choose where you want the IBU to sit.

Personally, I would either up the Saaz at 60 minutes, or choose a slightly higher AA hop. Just my $.02

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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I think i'm gonna up the saaz to an ounce and a half at sixty, and add the corriander at 2 minutes not 15.

the reason for the high alcohol content is that beer is that it won't be overpowering, but i am after all a college student and so when i'm drinking i'm really drinking

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:32 AM   #4
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I think i'm gonna up the saaz to an ounce and a half at sixty, and add the corriander at 2 minutes not 15.

the reason for the high alcohol content is that beer is that it won't be overpowering, but i am after all a college student and so when i'm drinking i'm really drinking
lol... Trust me... I definitely get it. I'm only 24 but I still don't think high ABV and summer go hand-in-hand. Haha. But hey, to each their own!

How big is your boil volume going to be?
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:03 AM   #5
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Hell, in the military we make a great drink called summer beer.

One fifth of cheap vodka
One six pack of light beer
two frozen lemonade concentrates.

Mix well and get wasted!

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:28 PM   #6
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^^Sounds like this lemon soda/pale beer thing this inn in munchen came up with...+ the vodka.
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