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Old 04-26-2007, 03:41 AM   #1
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I brewed my first hefe saturday night. The recipe came from my LHBS.

7 pounds Briess wheat-barley malt extract
1 pound Gambrius Honey malt 25L
1oz Hallertauer-60min boil
Wyeast #3068 Wheinstephen Wheat

The owner of the HBS told me that I could ferment it a little higher and get some fruity banana flavors. I fermented it between 74-77, it seems to me that I got a bit more banana flavor then I was expecting. The ferment went real well, 1.047OG, 1.012SG. I was at the hbs yesterday and I was told by the owner's wife that the banana flavor would die down a bit as it ages.

This is the first time I have been disappointed by one of my brews. It is only my 5th batch. I think that it has definate possibilities to become a good beer, I think with a hint of the fruity flavor it would be great, but I am really worried that the banana flavor won't die down, it is pretty over powering. Has anyone else fermented at higher temps on purpose? If if so did you get the same effect? Did the off flavors simmer down after time?

 
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:45 AM   #2
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Well, the temp was definitely too high. Try to keep it around 72F.

Is it sweet banana or a bitter (from the hops) banana?

If it's bitter the bitterness will subside in about 3 months. Unfortunately, if it's a sweet banana it may get sweeter.

Do a search on hop teas.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:50 AM   #3
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If anything, the banana flavor in my hefe just got stronger. After 3 months, mine is stronger than 3 weeks after bottling. I started pouring mine (bottled) in a pitcher prior to serving and adding a small dose of hop oil to offset the sweetness.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:54 AM   #4
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It is a sweet banana damn it. The overpowering only occures at the begning. It goes sweet banana, a nice hefe tang, slight malty taste, and leaves a tangy flavor after it's gone down.

So overall it was ok...not what I was expecting. I was writing the topic post as I was drinking it out of the vial. My friend said it could definatly turn into somthing good. As I was finishing the vial I thought it wasn't TOO bad....not as good as my last 3 (my first was...well my first) but right after I finished the last sip out of the vial I thought....hmmmm wish I had a litte more to drink just to make sure.

I am still worried and a little bummed, but is there hope? I don't have time to look anything up, I need to go vege-out on the couch pronto, but what exactly do hop teas do?

 
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:58 AM   #5
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Ok looked hop teas up. Do you think I could dry hop in my secondary?

 
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:15 AM   #6
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Dry hops is not the answer for your brew. DH do not add bitterness.

A hop tea may help, but if you still drink BMC (Bud, Miller, Coors) you can mix a little of these in to help balance your brew a bit.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:37 AM   #7
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My heffe is still purring away between 68-72F with the WLP300... damn it smells good

 
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:49 PM   #8
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My heffe is still purring away between 68-72F with the WLP300... damn it smells good
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My heffe is doing the same. Cannot wait to get her bottled and try her out!!!!
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:06 AM   #9
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Dry hops is not the answer for your brew. DH do not add bitterness.

A hop tea may help, but if you still drink BMC (Bud, Miller, Coors) you can mix a little of these in to help balance your brew a bit.
bud, miller, coors...HOW DARE YOU! I will check out a hop tea. I have a number of hop varieties in my freezer at the moment.

1.5oz Sterling
.5oz Crystal
.5oz Hersbrucker
1oz Northern Brewer

I am thinking either the crystal or maybe the Northern Brewer I could do a .5oz bittering and .5oz for flavor. What say you?

 
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:13 AM   #10
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bud, miller, coors...HOW DARE YOU! I will check out a hop tea. I have a number of hop varieties in my freezer at the moment.

1.5oz Sterling
.5oz Crystal
.5oz Hersbrucker
1oz Northern Brewer

I am thinking either the crystal or maybe the Northern Brewer I could do a .5oz bittering and .5oz for flavor. What say you?
With those choices I would use the Hersbrucker in 1/2 gal of water for 60 mins.

You want to make sure you have enough water to add to your brew. The bittering flavor will be concentrated so add it a little at a time.

Sorry about the BMC reference...
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