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Old 02-17-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Wheat Beer from Extract

I have a few recipes from books that call for a 100% Wheat Extract. Upon going to the local brewstore, I was told that no one has made a 100% Wheat Extract for about 10 years, and most Wheat Extracts are now about 60% Wheat. How would you guys recommend going about making a wheat beer? What extracts would you use?

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Old 02-17-2007, 02:31 PM   #2
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Munton's. It's 55/45 maybe.

Just buy any Wheat DME they have and you'll be OK.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:07 PM   #3
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If I'm not mistaken (and I often am), even German wheat beers are normally about half barley.

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Old 02-17-2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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Yes, but no lower than 55% wheat,

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Old 02-17-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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If the recipe calls for barley malts and wheat malts, just do the appropriate conversion to use 55/45...

Example: Recipe calls for 4lbs. Light Malt and 2lbs. Wheat Malt 100%.

Use 3.66lb. of 55/45 Wheat/Barley mix. (i.e. 2lb. / .55 = 3.66lb of 55/45 mix to get 2lb. of 100% wheat). The remaining 1.66lb. is then 100% barley, so you add 2.33lb. of light malt to get to your 4lb.

Voila: 4lb. light malt, 2lb. wheat malt. You just need to use 2.33lb light malt and 3.66lb of wheat/barley mix to get there. Still the same 6lb. of malt in the original recipe and in the appropriate proportion!

In other words, I wouldn't recommend simply replacement of the 100% wheat in the recipe with a wheat barley mix. Then you are, in essense, changing the proportion in that recipe. If you were to just use 4lb. light malt and 2 lb. of wheat/barley mix you would essentially have 4.9lb light malt and 1.1lb. wheat malt (100%) which isn't the 4/2 proportion in the original recipe.

EDIT: If you are brewing a straight up wheat beer though; use of the 55/45 or a 65/35 mix as suggested above will work just fine.

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Old 02-17-2007, 04:08 PM   #6
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Get the highest wheat percentage you can find (probably 55-65%) and brew. Even Ireks stopped making their 100% wheat long ago.

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so your saying if i want an all wheat beer id have to mash my own?

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so your saying if i want an all wheat beer id have to mash my own?
Yep, and good luck with that...you'd have the stuck sparge from hell to deal with. Even in AG most people limit the wheat to no more than 60% of the grist and use rice hulls liberally to assist with the sparge. Wheat extract is perfect for a wheat beer and is within the same range of wheat to barley that commercial brewers use.
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When they say "100% Wheat Extract," they mean to only use wheat extract (which comes in the mixes specified above, usually 60/40 or 50/50). They don't mean that the extract itself is 100% wheat.

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Nice post CAlexander i was also curious about this as well.

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