So, in what I am sure was not the first of desperate attempts to get a female excited about beer, I brewed up a blue moon style wheat beer.
I am not big on wheat beer, but it turned out well. I thought that my version had much less orange flavor that blue moon, a little more coriander, and a sharper yeast taste. There is also very little head retention. I am thinking that next time I will use fresh orange peel instead of Whole Foods dried orange peel. Anyone tried this?
Also, I brewed it before having read the 4 books I picked up on brewing and didn't really understand that oats needed malt to be converted. As a result I basically just steeped the oats and strained the resulting "oat water" into the wort boil. So I am guessing those starches are still just starches in the finished beer.
Still, I don't think it hurt the flavor very much.
Anyway, the story ends with my wife saying. "Mmm.. this tastes like something I would order at a bar. Wow. I'm impressed. I was getting a little nervous with all the beer books, and crap you have been buying that it was going to suck." .....I guess I'll take whatever compliment that was meant to be. Back to my IPA's, Stouts and Barleywines.
Here's the recipie:
5 lbs 11.8 oz Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 92.00 %
8.0 oz Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 8.00 %
1.00 oz Liberty [4.30 %] (45 min) Hops 13.0 IBU
1.00 oz Liberty [4.30 %] (5 min) Hops 2.8 IBU
0.5 oz Coriander Seed (Primary 7.0 days) Misc
0.5 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Primary 7.0 days) Misc
0.75 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.75 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Belgian Wheat Yeast (Wyeast Labs #3942) [Cultured] Yeast-Wheat
Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.15 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.21 %
Bitterness: 15.8 IBU Calories: 231 cal/pint
Est Color: 6.9 SRM Color: Color