Hoegaarden clone - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Hoegaarden clone

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-18-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
grnich
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Ottawa, ON
Posts: 162


I made a hoegaarden clone a few weeks ago from Beer Captured. Last night, tried it for the first time. I must say, it's pretty good beer, but tastes nothing like Hoegaarden.

It has a real hoppy flavor to it. Which isn't a bad thing, but I wouldn't call Hoegaarden hoppy. I followed the recipe to the letter pretty much.

However, I did have to leave it for over a week in the primary because the Wyeast Witbier yeast was really slow to ferment and I did not strain my wort. Could the hoppy flavor be caused by the leftover hops sitting in the trub from the boil for over a week?

If that's the case, I guess I'll be straining from now on.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 131 Times on 98 Posts


I always strain so I would be inclined to say yes...more like "wet hopping". HAHA!!


__________________
HB Bill

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2006, 05:41 PM   #3
Cheesefood
Recipes 
 
Jul 2005
Poo-Poo Land
Posts: 6,748
Liked 40 Times on 28 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by grnich
I made a hoegaarden clone a few weeks ago from Beer Captured. Last night, tried it for the first time. I must say, it's pretty good beer, but tastes nothing like Hoegaarden.

It has a real hoppy flavor to it. Which isn't a bad thing, but I wouldn't call Hoegaarden hoppy. I followed the recipe to the letter pretty much.

However, I did have to leave it for over a week in the primary because the Wyeast Witbier yeast was really slow to ferment and I did not strain my wort. Could the hoppy flavor be caused by the leftover hops sitting in the trub from the boil for over a week?

If that's the case, I guess I'll be straining from now on.
If your recipe is anything like the one in my sig, it takes about 6 months to age and then it'll taste perfect.
__________________
Past Winners: Caramel Cream Ale #1, Hoegaarden Clone, Boom-Boom Vanilla Ale, Lazy Monk Abbey Style, Amarillo Cream Ale. (AG),

Buy a shirt now!!! Please! Did I help you? Buya shirt!
Cool Shirts.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2006, 06:00 PM   #4
grnich
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Ottawa, ON
Posts: 162

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cheesefood
If your recipe is anything like the one in my sig, it takes about 6 months to age and then it'll taste perfect.
Actually, that looks just like the recipe from beer captured. If that's the case, I will set aside next to my wine and let it age.

Thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 06:11 AM   #5
Blaine
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Melbourne Australia, Victoria
Posts: 116

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cheesefood
If your recipe is anything like the one in my sig, it takes about 6 months to age and then it'll taste perfect.
I have a Hoegarrden clone conditioning at present in PET Bottles and am frustrated that after 3 1/2 weeks still have no carbonation. Does wheat beer take longer than barley based beers?
__________________
Cheers to the beers
Boof

Primary: Dry

Seconary: N/A

Conditioning: Dry
Conditioning: Dry

Now drinking: Hop Head Golden Saaz Pilsner

Next up: My own Pilzsner from scratch

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 02:30 PM   #6
RoaringBrewer
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,787
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I made a Belgian Wit with WhiteLabs yeast. My recipe included Corriander and Orange Peel (although its not near as detailed as the recipe posted above). Do y'all think this will take 4-6 months to condition itself as discussed above? I thought you were supposed to drink wheat-beer while it was "young"?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 02:44 PM   #7
Cheesefood
Recipes 
 
Jul 2005
Poo-Poo Land
Posts: 6,748
Liked 40 Times on 28 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by SilkkyBrew
I made a Belgian Wit with WhiteLabs yeast. My recipe included Corriander and Orange Peel (although its not near as detailed as the recipe posted above). Do y'all think this will take 4-6 months to condition itself as discussed above? I thought you were supposed to drink wheat-beer while it was "young"?
The coriander and orange need to mellow. They were too strong in mine until I let them sit for a few months.

Brewing beer teaches us patience. You can't rush the aging process. After you've tasted your first properly aged homebrew, you'll never rush into drinking them again.
__________________
Past Winners: Caramel Cream Ale #1, Hoegaarden Clone, Boom-Boom Vanilla Ale, Lazy Monk Abbey Style, Amarillo Cream Ale. (AG),

Buy a shirt now!!! Please! Did I help you? Buya shirt!
Cool Shirts.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 02:55 PM   #8
rdwj
 
rdwj's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Plainfield, IL
Posts: 4,577
Liked 35 Times on 25 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by SilkkyBrew
I made a Belgian Wit with WhiteLabs yeast. My recipe included Corriander and Orange Peel (although its not near as detailed as the recipe posted above). Do y'all think this will take 4-6 months to condition itself as discussed above? I thought you were supposed to drink wheat-beer while it was "young"?
The grand cru kit in my sig had corriander and orange peel. It was "ready" in 6 weeks, but VERY drinkable after 4. I didn't notice any significant change after the 6 week mark.

It's one of those things - try it. If it's great - drink it! If it's not what you expected, give it some time.
__________________
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 03:08 PM   #9
Evan!
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,863
Liked 87 Times on 72 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Blaine
I have a Hoegarrden clone conditioning at present in PET Bottles and am frustrated that after 3 1/2 weeks still have no carbonation. Does wheat beer take longer than barley based beers?
Not that I know of. How much time did it spend in secondary? What temps are your bottles conditioning at?

I've been having the same "problem" with alot of my brews since it got colder. Oh well...just gotta be patient. They'll be better with some aging anyway.
__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 03:31 PM   #10
RoaringBrewer
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,787
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cheesefood
The coriander and orange need to mellow. They were too strong in mine until I let them sit for a few months.

Brewing beer teaches us patience. You can't rush the aging process. After you've tasted your first properly aged homebrew, you'll never rush into drinking them again.
Oh, I have no problem letting it sit for 4 months if need be to get the correct flavor; I was just curious as I always heard to dring wheat based beers when they are young. Maybe this was just for "unspiced" wheat beers...

Anyway, I tasted the beer when racking to secondary and neither the orange nor corriander seemed overbearing in my brew. I may be OK after 2 months or so...



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hoegaarden clone pcolson Recipes/Ingredients 56 02-03-2013 12:04 AM
Hoegaarden clone 80/- Recipes/Ingredients 35 02-26-2011 09:25 PM
Hoegaarden Clone cjdezz Recipes/Ingredients 1 03-17-2009 09:21 PM
Hoegaarden Clone: Look okay? EamusCatuli Recipes/Ingredients 1 08-14-2008 02:32 AM
AHS Hoegaarden clone ohiobrewtus All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 06-21-2007 01:36 PM


Forum Jump