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Old 01-30-2013, 01:16 PM   #451
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Has anyone added any fruit to this recipe? Was thinking of splitting of 1G and adding blueberries and 1G and adding strawberries.

Still haven't decided on the yeast yet...is it REALLY that huge of a difference? I prefer Blue Moon to Hoegarden so I'm thinking of S-04 or 3942.
S-04 is an English Yeast. The yeast in a Wit is EVERYTHING. Do not use an English yeast. Sheesh!
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S-04 is an English Yeast. The yeast in a Wit is EVERYTHING. Do not use an English yeast. Sheesh!
I've read that this yeast gets you closer to a "blue moon" clone with this recipe?
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I respectfully disagree. I've made this batch a few times and its a Belgian Wit (Hoegaarden) way more than an American Wheat (Blue Moon.) Taste and style guides agree. Either way it is very delicious. This recipe, and primarily this yeast, will give you a healthy clove flavor not found in Blue Moon.

If you ferment it with a wheat yeast (I've used S-04 with great results) your finished product will be much closer to Blue Moon.

The first time I made this I was expecting Blue Moon and was sorely disappointed. However, I did end up with a very satisfying Belgian Wit. I like to make this with Wyeast 3942 for more fruity notes and softer spice flavors.
This is one of the places I've read about using S-04 as I'd like this to be as close to Blue Moon as possible so SWMBO enjoys it!!
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This is one of the places I've read about using S-04 as I'd like this to be as close to Blue Moon as possible so SWMBO enjoys it!!
cbehr, The difference between S-04 and 3942 is night and day. Both will yield excellent beers with this recipe. I will say again, I think this thread needs to drop the "Blue Moon Clone" from the title since the original recipe posted (although delicious) is not at all like a Blue Moon. Here are my results from using each yeast with this recipe:

S-04: Sweeter, soft fruit + citrus flavors, coriander snap, malty, soft hop bitterness

3942: Dry, light, soft citrus flavors, stronger Belgian spice presence, coriander snap, soft hop bitterness

If you are looking for a Blue Moon clone recipe, read this thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/blue-moon-clone-65328/

This turned out much closer to Blue Moon for me.
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If you are looking for a Blue Moon clone recipe, read this thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/blue-moon-clone-65328/

This turned out much closer to Blue Moon for me.
I actually just finished up the 75 page thread...what a read!! What version did you wind up going with, Wayne's original?
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I actually just finished up the 75 page thread...what a read!! What version did you wind up going with, Wayne's original?
Holy cow. Do you do this for every thread? I usually read the first 3 and last 3 pages.
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For real. Recently someone claimed to have read the whole Apfelwein thread. All it is is 150 pages of people saying "I'm going to make this" and then 3 weeks later "I made this and liked it"

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Holy cow. Do you do this for every thread? I usually read the first 3 and last 3 pages.
I dont' always but the oldes thread was 5+ years ago...so I had a feeling the recipe changed a bit over the years. I skimmed certain sections and just read what the key contributors said
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I actually just finished up the 75 page thread...what a read!! What version did you wind up going with, Wayne's original?
I used Nilo's recipe #4. It turned out pretty close to Blue Moon. I made a couple subs that probably pushed it in the wrong direction though. I'm planning to try it again some time this year once I get my BIAB set up complete.
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I used Nilo's recipe #4. It turned out pretty close to Blue Moon. I made a couple subs that probably pushed it in the wrong direction though. I'm planning to try it again some time this year once I get my BIAB set up complete.
I would up going with #6...a bit modified with this recipe...probably should have just kept it simple but oh well.

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Gonna give the S-04 a shot.
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