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Old 04-24-2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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What are some good hops for a Hefe? Also, I am looking to make it with a floral aroma/taste with a hint of bannana clove. (hopefully that makes sense)

Would the best way to get the bannanna clove flavor be by fermenting at a higher temp, say 68-72?

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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My Weihensrephaner Heffe recipe calls for 1oz German Hallertau Horsbruker hops for 60min.

Along with Wyeast 3068 at 70degrees it gets all of the charactoristics you are looking for.

Don't follow any recipe for a Yazoo clone hefe. I tried theirs once, and dubbed it "Bananna Beer"

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Use any German or "noble" hop. Hallertau is the hop you will see most in hefes. You don't get banana/clove from the hops. Really, you don't really want any hop aroma or flavor in a hefe. Too much hops make them taste weird.

To get a balanced flavor, ferment a little cooler than "regular" ale temps. 62-68 ish would give you a good flavor profile. Really its about controlling the esters. Hefe yeast just happen to give off banana flavored esters. So use common ale fermenting sense and you should be fine.

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Just a small dose of German Noble hops at the beginning of the boil for bitterness. No flavor/aroma additions necessary. Your shooting for 8-15 IBU's.

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Would vienna be ok to steep, or do you have any other good ideas for grain to steep?

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No need for vienna. If you are doing extract, wheat extract is probably all you will need. Most wheat extract is a mix of 2 row and wheat malt.

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Would vienna be ok to steep, or do you have any other good ideas for grain to steep?
Vienna should be mashed. You don't really need to steep any grains for a hefe but some carapils for body/head retention and flaked wheat for haze could be beneficial.
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Mt. Hood and Crystal are also in the Hallertau family and can be used.

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i did 2 oz hallertau (1 at boil, .5 at 30, .5 at 15). that was probably a bit much. its in primary now, so we'll see how that works out. im a little nervous it was overkill for a hefe, but i like a lot of hops flavor...

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