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Old 03-04-2009, 02:28 PM   #1
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Just tested my first bottle of Hefeweizen, it's been in the bottle for a week, good carbonation, but I'm sure it'll get better in another week or two @ 68* I poured it slowly and was surprised how clear the beer was. It didn't have any yeast haze to it at all.

I dumped the rest of the bottle into the glass and now have the traditional hefeweizen cloudiness.

I thought that hefe's were suppose to remain cloudy and not settle out like mine has...

8 days in the primary
8 days in the seconday.
3 week in the bottle before the fishing trip

it's very drinkable, but has a disappointing 3.8 ~ 4.0% ABV was hoping for 4.8 but low og due to inefficient grain (mini-mash) procedure.

Not to worry thought I think that all 24 bombers will be consumed without complaint from my fishing buddies.....

This board has helped me tremendously! Kudos to all of you *expert* homebrewers!

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Bottled: Belgian Tripel, Hefeweizen
Secondary: Brown Ale
Primary: Empty
On Deck: Belgian Tripel, Smoked Porter

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Old 03-04-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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I think they still settle out a good bit, you're just encouraged to pour the yeast into the glass, whereas w/ other brews you're not. Even commercial hefes recommend pouring most, then swirling the rest to kick up the yeast before pouring it in.

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One thing that would have helped is not using a secondary for the hefe. It's not necessary and allows more yeast to settle. Swirling the bottle helps and a recent technique (at least that I've heard of) is to add a small amount of regular flour to a beer to keep it cloudy.

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That hefe was sooo good that I just had to try another. Is it wrong to enjoy your homebrew at 68*??? I find them to be very delightful and flavorful and very drinkable at this temperature.


Poured slowly!


Swirled gently and poured with gusto!

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I poured it slowly and was surprised how clear the beer was. It didn't have any yeast haze to it at all.

I dumped the rest of the bottle into the glass and now have the traditional hefeweizen cloudiness.
What they do in Germany/Austria is to roll the bottle a bit, turn the bottle completely vertical and pour it in.
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What they do in Germany/Austria is to roll the bottle a bit, turn the bottle completely vertical and pour it in.
yeah, I've seen that done with Hoegarden! Prost....but hard to do with a bomber bottle and a pint glass

This beer is, btw, most excellent, if I do say so myself!
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