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Old 04-26-2011, 08:14 PM   #471
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Well, enough differing in opinion that I think I will rack it at 10 days to a keg and keep drawing off until it gets where I want it.

Thanks all, I guess like most brews, you just have to try it out. My first hefe, so wasn't sure how young was too young.

Then at some point I will be buying oranges to spruce it up

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:08 AM   #472
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Well, I officially brewed a third batch, I call it tarocco tornado wheat. Tarocco because of the oranges I choose.. Tornado? Read on..

Followed the recipe but did a partial mash for the wheat grains, hit 1.045 OG which is fine with me, it's bubbling away like a happy beer. I was supposed to brew this last Friday but we literally were hit by a tornado (area code 63043, give it a google if you haven't heard). I took some bad damage but the house stands on like a champ and my wife and the animals are all okay.

Here is a vid from my neighborhood I took Saturday morning, scary stuff

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Saturday, we did all we could do for the house and the neighbors, called insurance and electric, gas, etc.. and I needed peace of mind so we packed all the equipment and ingredients from Friday, grabbed a sixer of local brew, then headed to a family members house, brew on.

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:53 PM   #473
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I followed this recipe except I decided to go with WLP 400 Belgian Wit Ale Yeast, added the zest and fruit of 5 blood oranges, substituted the Hallertau with East Kent Golding....and added 1 oz of Corriander (crushed) seed at the end.

Hoping for a tastey "Blood Orange Belgian Wit". Just started this one 4/12, expect to let it go for 3 to 4 weeks before I bottle it. Will post my results.

My OG was 1.052
FG was 1.011
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Just bottled this last nite (2 week fermentation)....Tastes like Blue Moon but better. Very well ballanced. Had to stop a few time to clear my bottle filler tip of corriander seeds. Can't wait to drink this in a couple weeks.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:05 PM   #474
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Just bottled this last nite (2 week fermentation)....Tastes like Blue Moon but better. Very well ballanced. Had to stop a few time to clear my bottle filler tip of corriander seeds. Can't wait to drink this in a couple weeks.
Just curious, but why didn't you just brew a witbier? I mean actually in a way you did. Changed the yeast, the key hops, added coriander, etc. Not sure what made you choose this hefe recipe if you were looknig to brew a belgian wit.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:42 PM   #475
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Just curious, but why didn't you just brew a witbier? I mean actually in a way you did. Changed the yeast, the key hops, added coriander, etc. Not sure what made you choose this hefe recipe if you were looknig to brew a belgian wit.
I was going to make the Hefe and just decided to brew a belgian wit instead.....I did use the main ingredients, then I changed the hops because that is what I had on hand. I did use the instructions for using the blood oranges, which I think normally in a wit you use only the peel and no fruit in the ferment.

Just wanted to try something different....turned out tasty!

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Old 05-01-2011, 02:05 PM   #476
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I just brewed this recipe, with a twist. I had a Northern Brewer Honey Weizen kit, and made some mods to mirror this recipe.

6 lbs. Northern Brewer Wheat LME
1 lb. Honey (0 min)
½ oz. Tettnang (60 min)
½ oz. Czech Saaz (20 min)
½ oz. Tettnang (10 min)
Fruit from 4 Tangelos, zest from 3 (in ½ gal. water heated to 160* in another pot, add to fermenter)
Wyeast 1010 American Wheat

The unfermented wort was easily the best I've ever tasted. It's been bubbling mightily in my fermentation chamber since last night. I can't wait for this one!

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Is it just me or does this taste pretty much like a regular hefe. Not getting a ton of orange flavor at all. It is good, but not as sexy as the name implies. Time get some fresh oranges

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Old 05-02-2011, 03:38 PM   #478
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Keep in mind that blood oranges tastes closer to a berry flavor than the traditional orange, also mine has been sitting in bottles for about a month and a half now and then yeast flavors are mellowing out allowing the oranges to come through more, hefs aren't really my favorite style but it is getting better on a daily basis

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I just had a few pints that a buddy brewed up recently. Rather than doing the zest and vodka route, he added orange near the end of the boil. I swear I could drink this stiff all day. If I didn't already have a recipe lined up I'd be doing this one next.

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Keep in mind that blood oranges tastes closer to a berry flavor than the traditional orange, also mine has been sitting in bottles for about a month and a half now and then yeast flavors are mellowing out allowing the oranges to come through more, hefs aren't really my favorite style but it is getting better on a daily basis
I guess my comment was from some of the posts that were like - "you can taste so much orange", etc. Maybe mine is just too young, but I am not getting overwhelming orange, just a slight citrus. Guess what I am saying is... I will wait this out for the course of the beer and keep trying, however this recipe (for me) isn't anything special. Though it is a lot more work than similar tasting heffe recipes.

Perhaps part of this is that wheats aren't my favorite style either. However, I have an above average palate, so I guess I am just surprised at the raving some folks did for this brew. Its good, but nothing special in my book.

I did follow the recipe to a T and monitored fermentation temp, etc.
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