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Old 05-09-2011, 12:14 PM   #1

Recipe Type: Extract   
Yeast: US-05   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5   
Original Gravity: 1.052   
Final Gravity: 1.009   
IBU: 29.2   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 5   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7   
Tasting Notes: Awesome beer for the warmer months   

This is an American Wheat Ale that I love. It resembles a hefe-weizen, but it tastes nothing like one. It's easy-drinking, with an evident sweetness from the honey and honey malt. The hops, especially the late addition Centennials, balances out the sweetness and gives it a nice subtle aroma. I brew this in the Spring typically, but it can easily be a refreshing summer beer.

Fermentables
6lbs Wheat LME
1lb Orange Blossom Honey
.5lb Honey Malt

Hops
.75oz Mt. Hood (6 AAU) @ 60 min
.75oz Mt. Hood (6 AAU) @ 20 min
1oz Centennial @ 1 min

Yeast
US-05

Add half the extract at the beginning of the boil, then add the remaining in the final 10-15 minutes. This will increase the bitterness a little bit while also keeping the beer lighter. If you want the beer to be cloudy, take a cup of regular wheat flour and add it to some water to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the boil with around 15-20 minutes left. Add the honey with about 3 minutes left in the boil.

You can easily sub the Centennials with Amarillos or possibly even Cascades.

This is one of my favorite beers.


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Old 06-19-2011, 11:37 PM   #2
watlings
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Apr 2011
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Thank you very much for posting your recipe. It sounds (and looks) delicious. I would like to try this.

I have a dumb newbie question. After reading your recipe, I'm not sure what to do with the half pound of honey malt. I assume I should steep it in the boil water for 15 or twenty minutes prior to kicking it up to a full boil. Is this correct?

 
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:36 PM   #3
watlings
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Apr 2011
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Sorry... answered my own question. A little research shows that honey malts are most commonly steeped. Particularly in extract brews.

 
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:07 PM   #4

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Thank you very much for posting your recipe. It sounds (and looks) delicious. I would like to try this.

I have a dumb newbie question. After reading your recipe, I'm not sure what to do with the half pound of honey malt. I assume I should steep it in the boil water for 15 or twenty minutes prior to kicking it up to a full boil. Is this correct?
Yes, you steep the malt for 20-30 minutes.

I don't think you'll be disappointed with this beer. I killed my last keg of this two weeks ago, and I miss it already.

Here's another photo:


 
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:46 PM   #5
iheartcraftbeer
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Aug 2011
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Going to brew this next week, but need to tweak it a bit due to ingredient availability and my insatiable need to tinker. This would be my first attempt at straying from a written recipe. I'd like some feedback on the recipe and process.

Fermentables
6.6lbs Wheat LME (2 full cans)
1.5lbs Orange Blossom Honey
.5lb 20L Caramel Crystal Malt

Hops
.75oz Mt. Hood (6 AAU) pellet @ 60 min
.75oz Mt. Hood (6 AAU) pellet @ 20 min
.75oz Cascade leaf @ 5 min
.75oz Cascade leaf @ 1 min
1oz Cascade leaf dry hop in secondary @ 7 days

Yeast
US-05

Add half the extract at the beginning of the boil, then add the remaining in the final 10-15 minutes. Was also thinking about adding 1 tbsp orange zest at 20 mins, 5 mins and 1 min for some citrus aroma and flavor. What does everyone think?

 
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #6
iheartcraftbeer
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Bump, anybody?

 
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:21 PM   #7

I think I mentioned in another thread to you that you really should try to find the Honey Malt (Northern brewer has it). My original version of this recipe didn't have Honey Malt in it, and it was a very different brew. The malt really breathes some life into it.

And if you're being that much more assertive with the hops, it makes it even more important. This beer is fairly balanced (maybe leaning a little more on the hoppy side).

Regardless your version does look like a tasty brew. The dry-hopping might be a nice addition. It'll just be a different beer than the one my recipe creates. Definitely worth a try.

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:53 PM   #8
RandyKlein
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This recipe sounds awesome! I'm putting it on the list for next spring / summer.

I added the recipe to my brew site at: http://www.brewitagain.com/recipe/handsome-honey-wheat . Let me know if you have any issues with this.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:38 PM   #9

No problem at all! Hope you like it!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:45 PM   #10
kingboomer
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This sounds really good. I may have to try this one very soon.


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