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Old 04-14-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default 3rd batch = German Hefeweizen

With Whitelabs Hefeweizen IV yeast. Will be brewing it tonight if I am not too tired.

Any suggestions, or potential pitfalls?

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Old 04-14-2006, 12:55 PM   #2
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Grain or extract? Recipe???

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Old 04-14-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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6 lbs. wheat malt extract
1/2 lb. wheat malt grain
1/2 lb. six-row pale malt
1/4 lb. cara-pils malt
1 oz. Hallertauer hops (bittering 60 minutes of boil))
3/4 cup corn sugar for priming
White Labs liquid Hefeweizen Yeast
1 pkg. Bru-Vigor (yeast food)
O.G. - 1.046 -- F. G. - 1.011

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Old 04-14-2006, 03:30 PM   #4
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1/2 lb. six-row pale malt
If you really want to mash grains, go with 2-row here. The carpils is not necessary either.

Honestly, just the malt extract and the hops will make a great beer. But since I can remember my extract brewing days, where I thought I'm not doing enough if I don't mash/steep grains, I won't vote strongly against the using of the grains here.

But Homebrewer will be able to give you more advice here

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Old 04-14-2006, 03:35 PM   #5
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Honestly, just the malt extract and the hops will make a great beer. But since I can remember my extract brewing days, where I thought I'm not doing enough if I don't mash/steep grains, I won't vote strongly against the using of the grains here.i
Yes--my vote for an extract hefeweizen is not specialty grains at all, or steep up to a half pound of munich if you want a slightly maltier flavor (and darker color).

Hefeweizen has got to be just about the easiest style to brew a great extract version of. Super-simple ingredients--the yeast really does all the work. The yeast strains are fairly sensitive to temperature: that's the only tricky part.
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I agree with everyone else. Grains are not necessary.

I do a lot of HWs and all I use is DME. Is yours liquid or dry? LIquid is more concentrated than dry, but either way, the 6 lbs will be enough.

What's the hop % AA? 3.8-4.4% should be high enough to balance the sweetness out of the brew a bit.

I use whole hops so I up them to 1.1-1.2 oz (3.5%) for every oz recommended by the recipe. For pellets just use what the recipe calls for.

Other than that I think your brew will be a good one.

I do a lot of "late boils" where I add the majority of the malt after the 45 min boil and boil another 15 mins (to get another hot break). This keeps the carmalization and color down (not as dark as a full 1 hr boil and all the malts).

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Old 04-14-2006, 06:11 PM   #7
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I do a lot of HWs and all I use is DME. Is yours liquid or dry? LIquid is more concentrated than dry, but either way, the 6 lbs will be enough.


I do a lot of "late boils" where I add the majority of the malt after the 45 min boil and boil another 15 mins (to get another hot break). This keeps the carmalization and color down (not as dark as a full 1 hr boil and all the malts).
Liquid ME.

It feels like I am more of an involved brewer when I steep the grains! lol I know it's all perception.

The "late boil" sounds intriguing. So just boil the hops in 3 gals (I am doing partial boil) for 45 minutes, add the LME, boil another 15 and cool? I don't have any aroma hops, just bittering. This results in a lighter color beer I am guessing?

Thanks for the input everyone.

I will be steeping the grains just to make myself feel important...

I may post some tonight while I am boiling...

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Throwing in my two-cents: I just did an all extract Weizen and I was strongly persuaded not to use specialty grains. I, also, did a late boil and I boiled my hallertau at 60 for about 30 minutes and then added my ME. Its been in the bottle for a little over a month and its just starting to taste like a HefeWeizen. I would add a small amount of grains just to add a little complexity to the flavor.

Oh, and props for spending the extra cash for the right yeast. Good call.

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Keep an eye on the fermentation temp, too high and you end up with banana beer I think.

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I agree with the temp comment.

Make sure you add the lightest malt in the boil...which would be the rice...and the hops.

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