A good buddy of mine is looking to get into brewing, I like to think my homebrew is a good chunk of the reason. Anyway, he's a big fan of wheat beers/hefes. A local brew pub makes one he really likes, Crop Circle Wheat from the Great Dane Brew Pubs
. His birthday is coming up and his wife asked me to go with her to the LHBS and buy the ingredients for a batch that him and I would brew with my equipment. I'm not the world's biggest wheat/hefe fan, they're not bad, just not my fav. With that said, I never have brewed one or made a recipe for one. I hashed this out, please let me know what you think:
Brewer: Justin Sieglaff Email: -
Beer: - Style: Weizen/Weissbier
Type: Extract w/grain Size: 5.25 gallons
Color: 6 HCU (~5 SRM)
Bitterness: 14 IBU
OG: 1.054 FG: 1.010
Alcohol: 5.7% v/v (4.5% w/w)
Grain: 1 lb. American crystal 20L (steep)
Extract: 6 lb. Dry Wheat extract
Hops: 1 oz. Saaz (3.75% AA, 60 min.)
1 oz. Saaz (3.75% AA, 10 min.)
Yeast: Wyeast 3068 (3638 if that isn't in or 1010 as a last resort)
My biggest concerns are the crystal and the aroma hop addition. I wanted to include some crystal just to 'freshen' up the beer a little and also show how to steep. I know he likes hops so I thought a little noble hop aroma might be nice. The beer is on the stronger end of range, but I'm fine with that.
I think there some elements in this beer that fall into a german hefe block and others that are more american wheat beer block, I'm not concerned with staying to any certain style, just making a tasty beer.
Thanks for the input!