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Old 10-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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3.3 pounds of wheat extract (60 minute boil)
1/2 pound wheat dry malt extract @ 15 mins
1/4 oz Hallertau @ 60 minutes, 1/4 oz @ 15 minutes
1/2 oz coriander @ 15 minutes?
1/2 oz bitter orange peel @ 30 minutes?

German Wheat Activator Wyeast ACT3333 after cool down.

Going for a 2.5 to 3 gallon brew.

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Is there a particular style you're aiming for? I'm not sure if the spice / fruit would play well with the banana flavors you'll get from the Weizen yeast. If it's a Wit, you might want to use a belgian strain. If it's a Hefe, I'd just leave 'em out.

Otherwise, it looks OK at first glance. What kind of IBUs are you expecting from the hops? Looks like it might be a little light, but it depends on where they fall in the AA range.

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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Well, not sure to be honest. I am new to this. One of my favorite commercial brews is Bluemoon which has the orange and coriander. Not trying to make a clone but since it's a flavor profile I like, I figured using the same spices would get me something enjoyable. I also really enjoy Hoengaarden which has the same spices, so I guess I am trying for something along those lines. I've been trying to read as many recipes as possible but at this point, it's overwhelming. I do know I do NOT like bitter beer so I want to avoid that by all means.

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I see. The style you're looking for is called a Belgian Wit. I've actually never brewed one, so I can't help much, but if you look through the recipe database here on HBT, you can find plenty of good examples:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/?day...c&sort=voteavg

You also may just want to get a kit. They're mostly set up for 5 gallon batches, but you could just use half of everything and keep the rest for the next time you brew.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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You'll want a neutral yeast for a Blue Moon clone and my research tells me that they use sweet orange peel in Blue moon, Valencia to be exact.
Get yourself a bottle of Shock Top Belgian White and compare, I believe they use bitter orange.
I prefer the shock top myself.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Yeah, I love Shock Top too...so sweet or bitter orange, I'm a fan...lol

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Your recipe looks OK to me. I'd add both the orange peel and corriander just before flameout, shoot for 15-18 IBUs on the hops. An easy and cheap neutral yeast is a pack of US-05. 1/2 oz may be way too much corriander though, I used 1.25 teaspoon of coarsely crushed corriander seed in mine. It could have stood more...but too much can't be taken back!

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