So, today I was bored and realized I had a 2.5 gallon (Mr. Beer) fermenter I wanted to do something with. I had some extra wheat DME (3lb.) and hallerteur hops (1oz.) so I decided to do a 1/2 batch (or maybe slightly less than half) of Belgian Wit. I ran to the grocery store and picked up some spices to mix it up a bit. Basically my recipe was as follows:
3lb. Wheat/Barley DME
1/2 oz. Hallerteur Hops
for 60 minute boil
Last 10 minutes of boil I added another 1/4 oz. Hallerteur, 3/4 tsp. corriander, 1/2oz. bitter orange peel (dry).
Yeast: White Labs Belgian Wit WLP400?
Anyway, I took the OG expecting to be around 1.048 or so and I was actually around 1.065. I guess with 3lb. DME to only 2 gallons (after boil-off) maybe this isn't too crazy? Just wondering what y'all thought.
Think this one will turn out OK? Won't this be pretty strong for a wheat beer? I'm just spitballing here, but if it ferments down to even 1.015 or so, that would be around 6.5% ABV. Pretty potent for a refreshing wit, no? Also, hopefully I didn't spice it too much. I basically found a 5 gallon wheat recipe online and decreased it by a little over 1/2 so I don't think so, but who knows.
Also in the news: I racked my holiday ale to a secondary today after sanitizing it (the carboy) with StarSan (first time using this; pretty potent stuff). OG on the holiday ale was 1.050 and the FG was 1.013. 74% attenuation seemed pretty good; ~4.8% alcohol (? if i calculated correctly ?) was exactly what I was looking for. All is well thus far...