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Old 11-22-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Ok, so I know my timing of the year is off, but I am looking to brew an extract hefeweizen this week. I had some ingredients, but went to the LHBS this week and told him what I had.
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2lbs. Weyer LT Wheat
.25lbs. of Dingmans Aromatic
1lb of Pilsen Light DME

He said I could use this and sold me 1lb of Muntons Plain Wheat DME, Hersbrucker hops AA 2.8%, and 1 packet of Safbrew BW-06.

He told me to just mix everything in my brewpot and boil for 60 mins. My ???'s are so do I still steep the grains in the grain bag, and hops in the hop sock or what. I am definitely a new brewer this is my 3 batch. Please someone help me so I feel more assured and comfortable.

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Old 11-22-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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What size batch are you trying to make? That all looks a little light for a 5 gallon. Also, you dont ever want to boil grains. Usually, you steep them @ 150-155 for 30 minutes or more, then discard before the boil.. Hops can stay in the boil the whole time if they're bittering hops.

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Old 11-22-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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Steep the grains in grain bag, THEN add the extract and proceed with the boil. Use the hop sock if that is what you like to do.

It's hard to say whether he was just assuming that was understood or if he is an idiot.

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probably that it was understood, I just didn't ask exactly what I needed to I guess. Yes it was supposed to be for five gallons, should I take it down some or what would you recommend?

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should I lower my batch size???

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Old 11-22-2009, 07:25 PM   #6
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Yes.. If you dont have a few more lbs of DME then cut back your recipe.. Most hefe recipes call for at least 5 lbs of DME. It sounds like you have half that.. I would cut it back.

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Check out some other recipes that are close to yours and see how much DME and grains they used for 5 gallon batch.. Then cut yours back accordingly..

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ok thank u, should I still steep the grains though, most of the hefe recipes I see on here are just DME or LME, hops, & yeast

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This falls into the "I dont like hefe's and I dont make them" category, so I cant really give you any good advice on the grain.. It definitely wouldn't hurt your brew.. If it were me, I would steep them and see what happens.

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ok did this recipe as a 3 gallon batch, dont know if that was the right thing to do, but oh well too late now. When I checked the SG it said it was 1.70 this seems pretty for a hefe doesnt it. Please let me know your thoughts

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