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Old 04-10-2010, 03:16 AM   #1
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I mistakenly let a Hefe go in a primary for 5 weeks. I have had many of my ales in the primary for 4 weeks before with no ill affect, and it seems to actually help my bigger beers. I am new to wheat beers, as this was my second. The final gravity is 1.004 from 1.052. Very strong fairly sour tasting. Is this servable to those who can stand it? I haven't chilled or carbed it yet as I don't want to waste space/ time. The sample I tasted when kegging was pretty tart.


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Old 04-10-2010, 03:49 AM   #2
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I mistakenly let a Hefe go in a primary for 5 weeks. I have had many of my ales in the primary for 4 weeks before with no ill affect, and it seems to actually help my bigger beers. I am new to wheat beers, as this was my second. The final gravity is 1.004 from 1.052. Very strong fairly sour tasting. Is this servable to those who can stand it? I haven't chilled or carbed it yet as I don't want to waste space/ time. The sample I tasted when kegging was pretty tart.
Hefewiezen tend to be tart. You may perceive tartness more than others so it's hard to say. I would reserve judgment till it's carbed and chilled. If it's still too tart letting it sit should mellow the tartness.
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Like clonefarmer said, chilled and carbonated will change it completely. When you first pour it, allow the head to form and then breathe for a few minutes, it will taste much better. My first hefe had the same character you are describing.
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