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Old 08-28-2009, 05:50 PM   #121
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I just bought a big bag of Pilsner malt (Breiss). Should I sub this in for the pale? Answer quick, cause I'm running downstate to pick it up tonight! Brewing on Sunday.

First AG Wit!! I'm stoked!

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Old 08-30-2009, 04:46 PM   #122
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Darn, I"M not stoked anymore. I made up a starter for the WLP400 last night and this morning nothing is going on. Absolutely no activity. It was getting a bit old, but still should have been viable. I'm keeping it on the stirplate, but might have to sub some nottingham again. Thank God for backup yeast! I just wish I could have used the Wit yeast this time.

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Old 08-31-2009, 12:57 PM   #123
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Well, I brewed it up. I mulled my options and decided that I really didn't have a better alternative than to brew it with Notty. I also used pilsner malt cause i had it.

I was thinking about doing a saison, or a belgian pale, but I didn't have time to build a starter, and I wanted to keep the wit yeast on the stirplate for a while to see if I can get it going.

The brew went very well, and came out so much lighter than my previous extract versions! Smelled differently, though. I blame the pilsner malt, and can't wait to try it!

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Old 09-17-2009, 04:56 PM   #124
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I've made this twice now with amazing results. I went ahead and used an ounce of coriander and an ounce of sweet orange peel, just because that is the size of the package they both came in, and it came out perfect. For me, you cannot overdo those flavors in this beer.

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Old 09-25-2009, 05:50 PM   #125
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I finally kegged and sampled this and it's awsum! I feel I'm getting my process down now. I used the Notty yeast, due to the above mentioned poor start on the Wit yeast, and I zested 2 large oranges, and 1 lemon.

This thing it very light in color, and the aroma is very nice. Taste is very clean with the usual wheat and citrus you'd expect. I am giving this to a couple of ladies who like Blue Moon and I think they will like it.

I expect I'll continue to use this as a base Wit recipe from now on, and maybe try some variations here and there. Maybe different yeast next time, or a different blend of spices.

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Old 09-25-2009, 07:49 PM   #126
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I brewed this beer 3 weeks ago and tasted it out if the primary. It had a strong banana aroma. Is this normal?

It was not that great out of the fermenter tasted watered down. How long should this beer condition before it peaks in taste?

This is my first brew so I am not experienced with how beers taste before they condition.

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Old 10-11-2009, 02:10 AM   #127
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This beer came out great. I was several degrees low on my mash, so this came out a little drier than I had hoped. Oh well, still tasty. The corrander is certainly coming through, but I'm not tasting the orange as much as I had hoped. Would I get more orange flavor by using fresh orange zest as opposed to the dried orange peel that I used? I did soak the dried peels in water before adding them to the boil to try and extract as much of the flavor as possible.

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This beer came out great. I was several degrees low on my mash, so this came out a little drier than I had hoped. Oh well, still tasty. The corrander is certainly coming through, but I'm not tasting the orange as much as I had hoped. Would I get more orange flavor by using fresh orange zest as opposed to the dried orange peel that I used? I did soak the dried peels in water before adding them to the boil to try and extract as much of the flavor as possible.
I switched to fresh zest. More of a PITA, but you definitely get a richer aroma.
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I switched to fresh zest. More of a PITA, but you definitely get a richer aroma.
Thanks BM. How much of the fresh zest do you normally use?
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:03 AM   #130
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I brewed, bottled, and tasted this last week for the first time using the Extract method.

Gotta say, it was good. However, me and the guys all commented that it seemed pretty weak in the APV vareity.

That being said, maybe bump up the Wheat extract to 2lbs might make the apv go up a little without altering the taste too much. Prolly give that a try for round 2.

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