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Old 11-06-2011, 04:08 AM   #1
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I'm a new brewer, just have 3 extract kits under my belt, hoping to do my fourth batch tomorrow. My first three were kits, two from Midwest and the other from a local shop. For the next one , I individually bought the ingredients for the Three Weisse Guys wheat beer that's in John Palmers How To Brew book. But I noticed a difference - all the kits I have brewed started out with an initial step of steeping a provided grain mixture in a muslin bag before adding the extracts and doing the boil. The recipes in the Palmer book don't include the steeping process. Why the difference or am I missing something? I'd hate to make the wheat beer without the step if its really needed. Thanks in advance for any advice.



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Old 11-06-2011, 04:12 AM   #2
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Can you post the recipe you're going to brew?

Steeping doesn't do anything diastaticly; it's only for flavor, body, etc.

I see no harm in steeping, but I think seeing the recipe may prove helpful in answering your concerns (I have the book, but that would require me walking away from my currently boiling wort )



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Old 11-06-2011, 07:47 AM   #3
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I believe the recipe is on this site: http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter19-3.html

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:37 AM   #4
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The recipe as written in John's book is for extract only - no grains. Which naturally means no steeping

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Old 11-06-2011, 12:14 PM   #5
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I don't have the recipe right in front of me, but you can make a really good weizen with extract only, no need to steep any grains.

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Old 11-06-2011, 12:21 PM   #6
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I don't have the recipe right in front of me, but you can make a really good weizen with extract only, no need to steep any grains.

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Agreed. The wheat I make for my wife is 6 lbs wheat LME, 30 minute boil, 1 oz perle for 30 and the zest of two oranges at flameout. A tablespoon of flour is nice to cloud it up even more. Additional hopping wouldn't hurt, but wifey likes it how it is.

It is the cheapest and easiest beer I make.
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:45 PM   #7
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Yes, that's the recipe. Thanks for the replies, folks!!



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