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stikolaboloni 06-09-2012 04:38 AM

Belgian Wit
*FG was actually 1.012

The nice weather had me itchin for a nice clean summer brew, so here goes. I brewed this on Memorial Day, just took a sample and it tastes spot on what I had in mind. Will be bottling shortly, I'll follow up with an update and pic after I crack one. Cheers

5.0 lb German/Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner malt [2.1L]
2.0 lb U.S. Malted Red Wheat [3.0-3.5L]
*3.0 lb Flaked (unmalted) Soft White Wheat
1.0 oz Tettnang [4.5%] pellets (30 min)
0.5 oz Saazer [4.3%] (30 min)
0.5 oz Saazer [4.3%] (FWH) *add to BK as wort is received from tun
1.0 oz Bitter orange (2 min)
1.0 oz Coriander seeds (2 min)
1 tablet Whirlfloc (20 min)
Campden tablets (1 per G)

*The LBS was out of the soft white wheat, so at his recommendation I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up Wheat Flakes from the bulk section for $1.49/lb. The grain bill I came across in another thread from someone who posted an email from Jason Perkins, head brewer at Allagash

I normally do single-step mashes, but with the wheat I went with a beta/protein rest about 122 for 15mins, then sacc rest around 150-152 for 60mins. Overshot the temp a little, added some sanitized ice.

Nateo 06-09-2012 04:53 PM

IMO 1oz of coriander is way too much. The best wits I've made were spiced at 1g per gallon.

Vcreations 06-11-2012 05:37 PM

i think 1oz of coriander can be a bit to much, but i have tried it before and did like it (it was a higher abv so it balanced well)! my wife loved it, but i prefer a little bit less, say about .5oz to .75oz for 5 gallons. I've even tried putting a little bit of cracked black peppercorn in it as well, about a 1/4 of a teaspoon was almost perfect.

stikolaboloni 06-11-2012 06:04 PM

Yeah I guess we'll see how it turns out, I'm not a big coriander fan myself but used .5oz before and found it was hardly detectable. I can see if coriander was the only spice and I was adding it in the fermenter and/or crushing the seeds or something, but here I didn't crush, used an equal amount of bitter orange and added at the end of the boil. Also I strain the wort once cooled. The sample I tasted didn't seem overbearing, even for my taste, but to each his own.

In any case, when it's ready to drink I'll certainly be the first to concede if it was too much and adjust for future recipes. Appreciate the feedback

stikolaboloni 06-19-2012 11:01 PM

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Turned out quite deelish if I must say. If you crack the seeds (like you're supposed to) I would probably go like 0.5oz. Since coriander comes in 1oz packages from the LBS I figured I'd toss the whole bag in uncracked, and I get only a hint of the residual flavor on my palate. Beyond that, not quite sure yet how I'll play around with the grain bill next time. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and just in time for a heat wave. Cheers

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