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Old 05-14-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Making a wheat beer

So today I went to a new store. I found some wheat that I think would be great in a beer.
Questions:
First can I use it?
Next how do I use it?
Also do any of you have a recipe that I could use?
Here is what I found
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I would really like to use one of them if not all of them in a beer. Please let me know what you guys think.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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I doubt you could mash as is since it hasn't been malted. I believe that You can boil it to gelatinize the starches and effectively make flaked wheat to then mash. It has been a while since I read anything about this so definitely do some more research before throwing it in a pot on my word.

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Old 05-15-2014, 12:07 AM   #3
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I think you certainly can.

It appears to be soft white wheat berries at top. SWMBO bought a 25 lb bag of it, and I tried them.

I don't have a mill, but she said the BlendTec claims it can crush grains so I tried it. It didn't crush them and doesn't seem to have any sort of setting to do so. I used the pulse button, which pulverized quite a bit of it since it was leaving so much of it unscathed despite doing small portions at a time.

I brewed with it and got about 70% efficiency in one brew (wheat beer), and another hit ~72.5%. I only used small amounts (1.75 lbs in wheat and 0.5 lbs in other). I used 2-row too.

One of these days I'll get a mill, but until then I'll continue to use a little in some of my brews.

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Mmmm sounds like I could use it. It would be cool. Do you have a recipe I could try? I mean I'll have to go to the brew store and buy hops and yeast but the wheat I could almost for free.


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You can use unmalted wheat. You just have to mash it with some malted grain. A 50/50 mix of 2-row and wheat will work just fine.

You need a mill to crush those grains though. If you don't have one, that is pretty much the end of that plan.

BTW - your local brew shop assuredly has wheat for sale too, and probably cheaper than that, and they will mill it for you.

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Well ****. I don't have a mill. I'm going to the brew shop this weekend so I'll get some stuff there. I was only thinking of using that stuff because it's grown local.


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If you're really determined but don't want to sink money into a mill, you could use a rolling pin. But I'd definitely mix the unmalted grain with malted grain. There are enzymes that develop when you malt that are necessary for making beer. Without it, you'll make something... it may even taste like beer, but it won't be the best thing you've ever made.

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How does blending it a bit, such as how I had done, work with it?

It obviously worked to some degree as my efficiency numbers weren't too low.

It wouldn't do so well with barley I wouldn't think, but maybe ok with the wheat berries and possibly the rye?

The wheat berries we have are too hard for a rolling pin, and I even tried a mallet to no avail.

The recipe I have, if you are still interested, is for a honey wheat. I didn't use a whole lot of wheat berries as it was my first try with them, and I do partial mashes BIAB. It's great! And I'm not a wheat beer fan.

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I'm a wheat beer fan. May I see your recipe?


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My latest one was intended to be a bit heavier than a standard wheat. It breaks beyond what ought to be an American wheat.

Hard Hopped Honey Wheat
6 gal partial mash/partial boil

3 lbs wheat DME
2.25 lbs honey (FO)
1.75 lbs 2-row
1.75 lbs soft white wheat berries
0.5 lb honey malt
0.4 oz (ea) Willamette and Mt Hood @ 45 mins
0.8 oz (ea) Willamette and Mt Hood @ (both) 20/5 mins
WB-06 dry yeast

1.053/1.008
5.9% ABV
30 IBU's
4 SRM
70% eff

I'm guessing the honey fermented lower, which is why I got a FG of 1.006 instead for ~6.2% ABV.

I made this stronger as we will be moving soon, and being busy won't have the time to just enjoy some beer.

Typically I make this closer to 5.2-5.6% ABV and with closer to 20 IBU's.

This didn't come off as being nearly 30 IBU's. I'm not sure if it's due to 2 gals of top off water or plenty of honey.

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