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JMSetzler 06-05-2009 05:26 PM

Orange Blossom Special
 
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Orange Blossom Special
Brew Type: Extract Date: 2/22/2009
Style: Weizen/Weissbier Brewer: John Setzler
Batch Size: 5.00 gal Assistant Brewer:
Boil Volume: 5.50 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating (50 possible points): 35.0

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.00 lb Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 85.71 %
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.00 %] (30 min) Hops 10.8 IBU
0.75 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 14.29 % @ Flameout
1 Pkgs Belgian Wit Ale (White Labs #WLP400) [Starter 1-liter] Yeast-Wheat

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.059 SG (1.044-1.052 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.062 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.014 SG (1.010-1.014 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Color: 7.1 SRM (2.0-8.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 10.8 IBU (8.0-15.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 4.0 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 5.96 % (4.30-5.60 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 6.53 %
Actual Calories: 277 cal/pint



Carbonation and Storage Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Carbonation Volumes: 2.4 (2.5-2.9 vols)
Estimated Priming Weight: 3.8 oz Temperature at Bottling: 60.0 F
Primer Used: - Age for: 4.0 Weeks


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This beer is a variation of DubbelDach's "Orange Honey Hefeweizen" that I found here on HBT. After reading this recipe, I decided I wanted to give it a whirl and make a few minor changes to it.

scinerd3000 06-05-2009 11:59 PM

love the logo. Orange blossom honey or clover?

JMSetzler 06-06-2009 04:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scinerd3000 (Post 1365985)
love the logo. Orange blossom honey or clover?

I used Orange Blossom Honey, but clover honey would work equally well and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

FWIW, I only recently learned that Orange Blossom and Clover honey names really have little or nothing to do with the flavor of the honey. Those are just the sources of the pollen that the particular honeybees collect in whatever hive the honey is being collected from. A while back, I taste tested the two types to see if I could tell a difference, and I couldn't distinguish one from the other, so I doubt it would have any impact on a beer or much of anything else...

KillerKellers 06-30-2009 05:14 PM

How much "orange" flavor is in this? The SWMBO and I were down in Tucson a little while back and they had a beer called "Orange U Glad" that was heavy on the orange flavor. She loved it, so I thought I would give your recipe a shot this weekend.

JMSetzler 06-30-2009 05:31 PM

The orange 'flavor' isn't significant. There is just a very light citrus aroma on this beer. If you wanted this beer to have a citrus flavor, you might want to consider adding one of the extracts in the bottling bucket or possibly adding some orange slices in the secondary...

KillerKellers 06-30-2009 08:14 PM

Thanks, ill give that a shot =)

Rhoobarb 06-30-2009 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JMSetzler (Post 1407695)
The orange 'flavor' isn't significant. There is just a very light citrus aroma on this beer. If you wanted this beer to have a citrus flavor, you might want to consider adding one of the extracts in the bottling bucket or possibly adding some orange slices in the secondary...

Or try some dried sweet orange peel in the last few mins. of the boil.

Nice looking beer and label!

KillerKellers 07-27-2009 06:56 PM

So I did this, and made a couple changes..

- I zested 4 oranges, then peeled them and cut them into smaller pieces. Brought all of that up to 160* with 1cup of water. Cooled and added when I pitched the starter.
- I did not add peel to the boil
- Fermented 14 days in primary @68

This beer had a nice orange flavor that only lasted a couple days, but that was OK because the keg only lasted about a week. The SWMBO and everyone who tried it loved it. I plan to brew it again and do 2 batches. One with a much larger orange profile (going to step up to ~5lbs of oranges) and going to freeze them this time. Also going to put the zest in some vodka and add that at bottling instead.

JMSetzler 07-27-2009 07:57 PM

When I do this one again, I think I might zest two oranges and soak the zest in vodka for a week or two while the beer is in the primary and then dump the vodka and zest into the secondary for another two weeks to see what sort of flavor/aroma profile that provides...

KillerKellers 07-28-2009 12:06 AM

Post up how that turns out! I really liked the flavor profile of this, even when the orange faded... so I may try 2 different methods of getting the good orange flavor.

I cannot wait as long as you did though, and I skipped the secondary to keep it from losing that wonderful hazy/yeasty look/flavor! You are a way more patient man then I am!


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