Hello, Im a Newbie Brewie LOL And 1st time posting here. ANY n ALL Help will be greatfull. I picked out this recipe outa the LHBS book because it was easy and I love weisse beer. Never tasted this Berliner before. Hopefully I'll like it? This is what I did.........
I only brewed Mr. Beer 2 batches before this. No other brewing experince at all.
Berliner Weisse: 5 gal EXTRACT
3.3# Northwesteren Weizen LME
1/3 lbs Northewesteren Bavarian Wheat DME
<NONE USED Out o Stock, was told it wouldn't make much difference?>
2/3 lbs Light DME <Used the whole 1 lb not 2/3's>
1 oz Hersbrucker Pellets - 45 Minutes
1 oz Pumpkin Pie Spice - 5 Minutes
1 tsp Wyeast Yeast Beer Nutrient <added dry in carboy before adding yeast>
Wyeast 2565 - KOLSCH activator
1.5 oz of 88% Lactic Acid < will add at bottom of keg before racking into keg>
45 Minute Boil
Fermentation: 3 weeks
Cleaned and santized everything before started . even the boil pots
Sooo, Pre boiled tap water for TOP OFF and CHILL water.
Put 1 1/2 gal in freezer another gal in fridge for different temps.
Start 3 gals tap water on top of smooth top ele. range with lid on pot .....MAN it takes friggin FOREVER to get that to boil. Have to do smaller batches and add to make 3 gallons next time. I hope that will be quicker? ANY TIPS ON THAT?
Right before boil I added the LME and the DME and boiled for 40 minutes and added the Pumpkin Pie spice in the last 5 mintues of the 45 minute boil.
Had an ICE bath waiting in the sink for the pot. Man that ice melted fast, Should I have topped off to 5 gals of the chilled water before Ice bath?
Anyway topped off to 5 gals and got temp down to 75.
Fermentation Temp is 70 as per instructions given to me.
Took OG reading, I took it right in the pot, Im pretty sure it was at 1.035, or very close to it.
Siphoned to 6 gal glass primary carboy, left the hose dangle at the top to splash and make good aeration for wort.
NOTE to SELF: Make sure hose stays in carboy next time! had a LiL spill .
Stired the wort very much to make a good head on the wort with my long handled plastic Brew Spoon.
Added 1 tsp of Beer Yeast Nutrient dry? <The info on the wyeast container says to dissolve in warm waterand add to boil 10 minutes before end?> Should I have followed that?
Stirred and added Wyeast 2565 KOLSCH and stirred like crazy to add air.
I did the smack pac thing and placed it on my stove where it was nice n warm around 3 hours before I started and it did swell up. NOT really, really hard, but firm? Hoping thats ok?
Thats when I got upset.....The date on the pack was MFG 07 SEP 10, and I brewed it on 04/20/11. Well, all I could do is hope for the best.
I have a FERMOMETER on carboy and it was 72 when I pitched the yeast.
24 hours it was 70, 48 hours later it was 68 And nothing appeared to be happening. No airlock bubbles, nothing, then the 3rd morning between 48 n 54 hours later.....WOW, pancake started and the yeast were a swiming, churning that carboy. The carboy was burping like every 10 seconds. Its now almost 5 days and pancake has tripled in thickness, still bubbling every 10 secs, but the swimmers dont look as active. I still see movement, but not as much as the 2 days before. NORMAL? or not. Its still at 70. I should let it stay in the primary for 14 days, Then into a secondary for another 7 days. Thats what I was told. Can I rack it into one of my kegs for the secondary? If so what would I have to do to the cornny keg ? I have a 5 gal water bottle that we have spring water delivered to us, Can I, Should I use that as opposed to the keg? I have 4 kegs to use.
Do ya think everything is ok sooo far? What can I add (IF ANYTHING) for an alcohol boost? HONEY? Or just leave it alone?
Thanks for any help !