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Old 05-25-2010, 07:53 PM   #11
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I normally add mine to the end of the boil but they will be fine in the secondary. You will need to make sure you sanitize them though. Soak them in vodka for a few days to kill any nasties that might be in them and add it (vodka and all) into the secondary.

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Old 11-18-2010, 06:02 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by bknifefight View Post
Grand Cru isn't a style. This beer style would be a wit. Grand Cru means "great growth" in French and is supposed to be a specification of quality in a beer or wine.

Anyways, you don't need to dry the orange peel. If it were a 5 gallon batch I would use 3 or 4 oranges. The coriander is the same as what you would buy in the grocery store.
Please correct me if I am wrong but doesn't "witbier" have to contain white wheat? So this is a "great growth" but not a wit.

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Old 02-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #13
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How did this turn out?

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Old 12-25-2015, 02:47 AM   #14
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Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: Belgian Wit Style- Imperial Yeast - White Out Yeast
Yeast Starter: Yes - 1.6L
Batch Size (Gallons): 5 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.084
Final Gravity: Will update when it finishes
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60 mins
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):14 days @ 68 Deg. F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):14 days @ 68 Deg. F

8 oz. Carapils malt steep for 30 minutes@ 155 in one gal of water
6 pounds of Light Dried Malt Extract @ 60 minutes
1 oz. Hallertau bittering hops @ 60 minutes
2 pounds of Clover Honey @ 20 minutes
1 oz. crushed Coriander @ 5 minutes
1 oz. sweet Orange Peel @ 5 minutes
1 oz. Hallertau aroma hops @ 2 minutes
Imperial Yeast - White Out Yeast

I did this as a full boil. 5 gallons plus the water used for steeping. 6 gallons total

So I know I am reviving a long dead post, but I have just tried BJ's Grand Cru and wanted to try and make something close to that beer.

My substitutions are in bold, I think the main differences are that my LHBS was out of Extra Light DME so I went with just Light DME, I used my sister in laws organic Honey (shameless plug, link below) and tried a new yeast strain/company - Imperial Yeast, White Out.

My OG came out quite a bit higher that the original post, I will do a comparioson in Beer Smith to see if substituting the Light DME for the Extra LDME might be the reason or if its just the honey (my bet is the honey).

As it finishes out I will update on the overall beer and the yeast profile.


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