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Old 02-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #11
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Yes. There was steeping.

I may have failed to put that in the original post.

I steeped at ~160 for 30 min

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Yes. There was steeping.

I may have failed to put that in the original post.

I steeped at ~160 for 30 min
That isn't enough to extract tannins.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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#1 - Wheat beers carbonate very quickly
#2 - Hop flavors diminish over time
#3 - Wheat beers generally do not age well

I would say that dry hopping with citra or dry hopping at all really just does not do this beer very well. Belgian beers are about the yeast first and foremost and very rarely are they ever aggressively hopped. If you want a hoppy wheat beer do a little research on "American" Wheat beers. Good examples of the style in my experience would be Three Floyds "Gumballhead" or Boulevard Brewing Co.'s "80 Acre Wheat".

I don't want to say what you're doing isn't worth doing but don't be surprised if your first attempt doesn't pan out. It's definitely an odd angle to take.


Well, my intention was to add some citrus aroma. But I should have just stuck to the blasted recepie. Live and learn.

It's not bad by any stretch. Just not the result I expected with the information I had. Plus who knows what it will taste like in a month.
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Well, my intention was to add some citrus aroma. But I should have just stuck to the blasted recepie. Live and learn.

It's not bad by any stretch. Just not the result I expected with the information I had. Plus who knows what it will taste like in a month.
That's the spirit!

And like I said, maybe you have stumbled onto something that I am pretty sure no one else is trying. Dial it in and try using different hops. Maybe Amarillo or something "herbally" would be nice. Maybe even try "dry-hopping" with a spice like lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, etc. That is the beauty of homebrewing... There is no such thing as a bad homebrew. They are teaching points and inspirations to improve upon.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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Now if this bitterness was in an IPA. It would be perfect.

The flavor right now is almost like if you took a bottle of hoegaarden and mixed it with a bottle of Sam smith IPA.

Maybe next time I'll use less citra and add some other herbal hop like Amarillo as you suggested plus some spices. I like the bitterness, it's just a tad too much.

My next batch I'm going to boil with some anise to add a small licorice flavor.



I like experimenting. And a beer has to be dead nasty before I'll turn my nose up at it.

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My next batch I'm going to boil with some anise to add a small licorice flavor.
Be careful with the anise. A little bit goes a long way. One or two stars max should be fine for 5 gallons.
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Yeah probably not enough to extract tannins. Did you squeeze out the bag when you were done with the steeping or heat it when the bag was on the bottom?

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #18
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Bottled 2 days ago with 4.5 oz corn sugar.
You're drinking beer that you bottled two days ago and you're not happy with it? Go take a three week nap and then try it again. Sheesh!
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good point bknife, 2 days is way too soon. you should wait at least 2 weeks. the bitterness might mellow out by then

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well... it's now 4 days, so it should be TWICE as mellow!

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