So as my experience/enjoyment/equipment/expenditures into this hobby increase, the approval of SWMBO is in decline. So what to do? Eureka, brew her (with her help
) a tasty beer. She is a hefe fan. She also complains that so few things use lemongrass...ok easy enough (I have a kickbutt oriental supermarket that sells whole stalks). I also think I will add some pomegranate.
This should end with a good mild hefe with a bit of a sweet/tart kick to do battle with the moderate hops. The ingredients and hops I picked up from Wildmer Hefe recipe. Though I have zero experience working lemongrass of pomegranate (thinking of using *POM)
3.75lb Pale LME
2.00lb Wheat Dry Extract (not sure if this is a decent substitute)
0.25lb Crystal 40L
0.25lb Munich 10L
OG- approx 1.048
FG- approx 1.013
0.5oz Warrior pellet 45min boil
0.5oz Willamette Pellet 15min boil
0.25oz Cascade pellet 10min boil
1.5 oz lemongrass 5min boil
1 split med/small stalk lemongrass into secondary
(Looking for the lemongrass flavor, not just grassy)
and don't know if I want to add *POM into primary and let some of the sweetness/tartness ferment out, OR if I stick it into secondary week before bottling/kegging. I imagine in a 5gal batch a single 12oz bottle would suffice (dont want a strong presence, just in tucked away in there).
*as an edit/sidenote, I have contacted Saranac to ask about pomegranate additions in the pomegranate hefe...just haven't heard back yet.
Thanks in advance. This could really springboard my brewing
and I wouldn't complain over a nice summer hefe.