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Old 01-12-2007, 12:39 AM   #1
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Ok... my first ever Hefeweizen has been fermenting for 6 days now and I just did the first check of the gravity since I laid it down. The OG was 1.053, my reading today (taking the 70 degree temp. into consideration) was @ 1.013. I figure thats 75.5% attenuation.

The recipe for ~ 3 gallons (full boil):
4.30 lbs. dry wheat extract
.50 oz 3.99% AA Liberty hops @ 60 minutes
White Labs WLP300 Hefeweizen yeast

Didn't make a starter but fermentation was strong within 12 hours @ 70 degress sustained... White Labs says the attenuation is 72%-76%, should I bottle this one yet? Everything looks, smells and tastes ok, but being my first stab at this style, I guess I'm just not used to it fermenting out this quickly...

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Old 01-12-2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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Take another measurement tomorrow and if it stays the same you should be good to go.

You did say it was a 3 gallon batch, so it probably did ferment a little quicker, and that WL Hefeweizen yeast will go crazy.


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If you like a German style hefe, then be sure to try Wyeast 3068 which is a Weihenstephan strain from the oldest Brewery in the world. It's all I use for my Bavarian Hefe's
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Thanks... I figured as much, I'm pretty sure it's done, but I'll know more tomorrow...

I'll give that other strain a shot for my next Hefe, I'm a big Weihenstephan too so, win/win.

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