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Old 10-13-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
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So, my mother has decided she wants to get into homebrewing. I'd like to pick up the basic equipment for her along with a nice Hefeweizen kit (she loves Pyramid Hefeweizen if it makes a difference).
The equipment I have no problem with. I have an excellent winemaking store nearby that I get all my stuff for making mead from, but the whole beer-making world is a bit of a mystery to me. Any recommendations for either an extract or partial mash Hefeweizen kit?

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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I opened our first bottle of the North Coast Blue Star Wheat (BYO's 150 clones) and we are quite happy with it. I made it for my wife who does not appreciate hops as much as I do and found it to be aromatic, slightly hoppy at the beginning but no bitterness or lingering hops. A tad fruity with a light body.

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Old 10-13-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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A great hefe kit I have done, is the Hanks Hefe Kit from Midwest. My wife and I love this kit. It has a fast turn around also. I think I started drinking mine within 3 weeks of making it.

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Old 10-13-2009, 06:25 PM   #4
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+1 For Hanks Hefeweizen... Great taste, fast turn... This is one I'll make again no doubt.

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Old 10-13-2009, 06:46 PM   #5
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as far as hefeweizens go, pyramid is not a true hefeweizen. it's an american wheat. but hey, I've heard the AHS (austinhomebrew.com) kits for clones are pretty spot on and delicious

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Old 10-13-2009, 06:58 PM   #6
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My first homebrew was a True Brew German Wheat kit. It came out delicious and was as easy as can be; two cans of malt extract, 1oz hop pellets.

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Old 10-13-2009, 08:50 PM   #7
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+1 For Hanks Hefeweizen... Great taste, fast turn... This is one I'll make again no doubt.
+2 for Hank's (from Midwest). I've done this one a number of times, in both extract and after I switched to AG. Very popular with my wife and others in the family. Add some blueberry extract and coriander, and you've got a really good Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat clone.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:18 PM   #8
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Hmm Hank's looks like a good choice. How much bitterness is that one ounce of hops going to give it?

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depends on your boilsize. the more you boil the more IBUs.


use beersmith to give you an idea. on hefeweizens I shoot for 10 IBUs

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Hefe's aren't supposed to be overly bitter, this one seems to be just right. Has the soft banana flavors with just a little bite to it...I enjoy it alot. If you want more hops try an american wheat they are hopped up a bit more.

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