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Old 07-26-2010, 03:04 AM   #1
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I get extract kits from a brew store and they always contain a bag that says "Specialty Grains". It always smells like candied ..grains (not sure which type of grain it is). I decided to make my own brew without using a kit and decided to read some recipes online. A good half of the recipes online only call for two ingredients hops and malt extracts (i'm looking up only extract recipes). No specialty grains for steeping what grains are they exactly and would it hurt the taste of a beer not to use steeping grains? I'm looking at a hefeweizen extract recipe with 6lb LME and Liberty Hops...no grains.

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Old 07-26-2010, 03:13 AM   #2
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You will be fine with that recipe.. Not all extract recipes call for steeping grains, and whether or not they are included in a kit often depends on the recipe.

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By the way, you are going to need some wheat malt in there to make it a hefeweizen.

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its 6lb of Wheat DME. Is that fine?

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different grains will offer different color and flavors, but are not necessary. Just like you can make a great beer with just a single grain when AG brewing.

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its 6lb of Wheat DME. Is that fine?
Yes. That's a pretty typical malt bill for a hefeweizen. Usually, wheat DME is 35% wheat and 65% barley, so it's premixed for you.

The important flavor in a hefeweizen is the yeast. You'll notice it's a very plain grain bill, so that the yeast can be the centerpiece of the recipe.
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Yes. That's a pretty typical malt bill for a hefeweizen. Usually, wheat DME is 35% wheat and 65% barley, so it's premixed for you.

The important flavor in a hefeweizen is the yeast. You'll notice it's a very plain grain bill, so that the yeast can be the centerpiece of the recipe.
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Steeping grains used in recipes where you are looking to tweak the tastes, color, etc. Extract starts with a base malt or a couple base malts, and it makes sense to get the color and tastes from small amounts of steeping grains. So it all depends on what you are brewing.

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Now I know theres a difference between hefeweizen and an American Hef. Would it just be the yeast train i use or would i need to change the hops.

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The yeast is the big difference, but the hops could also be different. As already mentioned, it is very common for wheat extract recipes to not have any steeping grains.

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