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Old 03-05-2009, 04:14 PM   #111
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Glad it turned out nice. Kicking a keg in less than 24 hours? Must have been brewed pretty well.
It was deffinetly my best Belgian Wit I have made. My only issue that I have had on the last two Wits (including this one) has been a stuck fermentation. Both times I waited about a week and the krauzen was still pretty think. So I got some dry yeast and sprinkled it in there which cleared it up in a day or so. Im not sure why this is happening.

My first thought was temp since it got pretty cold where I was keeping it. Since I have taken some yeast cake out of my fermenter after I kegged it and made a starter with it which has been built up twice and the krauzen has done the same thing...any ideas?
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...Both times I waited about a week and the krauzen was still pretty think. So I got some dry yeast and sprinkled it in there which cleared it up in a day or so. Im not sure why this is happening.
Belgian yeast is notorious for violent, prolonged fermentation. Sometimes it will
actually get so thick on the fermenter wall that fermentation slows down and you have to knock the yeast back down into solution.

It's pretty typical.
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Belgian yeast is notorious for violent, prolonged fermentation. Sometimes it will
actually get so thick on the fermenter wall that fermentation slows down and you have to knock the yeast back down into solution.

It's pretty typical.
interusting. I guess I will have to try knocking this stuff back down into the wort when I get home.

Regardless of the issues I have been having I have just been loving the wits lately and so does the lady freind. Now if only I could clone Wittekerke! One of these days I will...
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interusting. I guess I will have to try knocking this stuff back down into the wort when I get home.
Just give the fermenter a good rocking back and forth (no splashing) and that should do it.
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I promised SWMBO a belgian for my next batch, and the recipe(s) in this thread have me intrigued. I do have one question however, if you don't have a yeast cake from a previous belgian in the fermenter, how will it effect this brew to just use a fresh package?

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Old 03-13-2009, 05:57 PM   #116
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I used a fresh packet the first time I made this and it was fine except for the stuck fermentation which i don't think had anything to do with the freash yeast.

I did another on of these guys last sunday and it has been fermenting like crazy. I have also been taking a spoon and scrapping the yeast from the sides of the fermenter to help keep the fermentation going. It seems to be working well, I have been doing it every other day and a day after I do it the krauzen is freakin massive again.

I also used some grape fruit zest this time around instead of bitter orange peel so I am curious to see how it turns out.

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just popped the first bottle. tastes nice. light but flavor full. its been in bottles for 3 weeks, probably needs a little longer. OR at least longer in the fridge. tastes a but yeasty.

Here is the final Partial Mash recipe I used. Not sure if it tastes like BeirMucnhers, but I like it:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.00 lb Wheat Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 min] Extract 34.29 %
2.00 lb Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 22.86 %
1.50 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 17.14 %
1.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) Grain 11.43 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 5.71 %
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 5.71 %
0.25 lb Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 2.86 %
1.25 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 16.9 IBU
1 Pkgs Belgian Wit Ale (White Labs #WLP400) Yeast-Wheat

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Thanks BierMuncher, I believe I have found what I'm going to brew for homebrewday. I'm getting really excited about this one. One question though (just as a curiosity) what would happen if one were to attempt to prime with wheat extract? (D/LWE)?

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Thanks BierMuncher, I believe I have found what I'm going to brew for homebrewday. I'm getting really excited about this one. One question though (just as a curiosity) what would happen if one were to attempt to prime with wheat extract? (D/LWE)?
If given the choice, I would usually save my extract for brewing. You never know when you're going to want to kick up a recipe just a bit.
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Got my batch going on Saturday. My first all-grain, and my first 10 gallon. Brewing went without a hitch. I was afraid of a stuck sparge, so I added 1 lb of rice hulls, and it came flowing out without a problem. For my next batch though, I think I'll add a spigot to my brew kettle. Auto-siphons are great, but they are slow...

I had bubbles in my airlocks by 12 hours. At 36 hours, I had krausen in my airlock. Didn't think I'd need a blow off tube from my two 7.5 gal buckets, but I did!

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