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Old 04-16-2008, 03:36 AM   #1
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Here is my recipe used if that helps:

Quick & E-Z Weizen

7 LBS of wheat malt extract
1 oz hallertau hops
1PKG dry yeast

After the first week of fermentation I took a reading prior to moving the beer into the secondary and it read.

1.016 on 4/9/08 (day seven of fermentation PRIMARY).

1.015 on 4/15/08 (day 13 of fermentation SECONDARY).

I plan on taking a reading tomorrow. Does this look ok?

It has been stored in a closet at temperatures ranging of 64-68F.

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That sounds right to me. Your final gravity for that beer should be around 1.015 so if it is still there on your next reading it's ready to bottle. I just did an American wheat that was at it's final gravity after one week, I put it in secondary for a week and then bottled it.

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That sounds right to me. Your final gravity for that beer should be around 1.015 so if it is still there on your next reading it's ready to bottle. I just did an American wheat that was at it's final gravity after one week, I put it in secondary for a week and then bottled it.
What beer mix to you recommend for my next batch? I don't like bitter beer.
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What beer mix to you recommend for my next batch? I don't like bitter beer.
What do you like?
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How is that Huckleberry wheat you made. That sounds like something I wanted to try next, or maybe something with a hint of blueberry taste...

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How is that Huckleberry wheat you made. That sounds like something I wanted to try next, or maybe something with a hint of blueberry taste...
I tasted a bit when I bottled it and it was great but I haven't tried the finished product yet. Basically what I did was bottled half of my American wheat, then I added 1oz. huckleberry extract to the remaining half right before bottling. That is certainly something you could do with your wheat beer if you can track down some extract.
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I just made another batch of this same stuff but the final reading was 1.018 (not the same as last time). Is that normal? For some reason my final readings have been around 1.018 for this batch and 1.020 for my pale ale batch three weeks ago.

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It sounds close enough, but the way to tell for sure is to get the same reading 3 or more days in a row. As long as it's not going down any more, that batch is done fermenting. Sometimes you get yeast that is healthier than other times, differences in shipping, seasons, exposure to heat, more recently harvested (fresher), etc. Who knows. RDWHAHB.

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Step 1: Find Hydrometer
Step 2: Throw Hydrometer in the trash

All those things do is make you worry.

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Step 3: Dig the hydrometer out of the trash because your last batch was bottled early, causing the bottles to explode.

A hydrometer isn't so critical with extract batches, but they're very useful for all grain. They're also useful to tell when fermentation is really done when the beer still looks like it's fermenting.

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