OK, this one may get some looks, but it really is amazing. I gave this to my skeptical, hefeweizen-hating friends and they were blown away. It is a very simple recipe with an absurd amount of hops, which allows the hop flavor and aroma to break through wyeast 3068's presence (trust me, you need a lot of hops). It is basically the "Blood Orange Hefeweizen" brew with a hop-twist. I brewed this as an extract batch, but can easily be converted to all-grain:
Step 1: Prepare Blood Orange Tea
6 large blood oranges (8 if they are on the small side)
1. Boil 1/2 gallon of water and cool to 170.
2. While water is cooling, zest 6 blood oranges (or 8 if you are using the smaller ones)
3. Once they have been zested, cut the oranges in half and place into a muslin bag.
4. Place blood orange zest and halves in the 170deg water. Steep for entire duration or boil (basically just leave it and forget about it!)
Step 2: Wort
(Again, I have only done the extract version!)
1. In 5 gallon pot, boil 3.5 gallons of water
2. Add 6lb Bavarian Wheat DME (Briess, 65% wheat, 35% barley)
All Grain (Batch Sparge): (@ 70% efficiency, 1.25qt/lb mash)
1. Heat 12.5qts water to 166deg
2. Add grains:
6lb Wheat Malt
.5lb Flaked Wheat
3.5lb Pilsner Malt
3. Mash @154deg for 60min
4. Batch Sparge with 18qts Water @170deg
Partial Mash: (70% efficiency, 1.25qt/lb)
1. Heat 5qts water to 166deg
2. Add Grain:
2.5lb Wheat Malt
1.5lb Pilsner Malt
3. mash @154 for 60min
4. Sparge with 5qts 170deg water
5. Top up to 3.5 gallons total, bring water to a boil
6. Add 3lb Briess Bavarian Wheat DME
Step 3: Hop Additions
It seems like a lot, but 3068 will mask a lot of the hop goodness, so a fair amount of hopping is required to come through in the finished beer!
1oz Cascade pellets 60min
1oz Cascade pellets 20min
1oz Cascade pellets 10min
1oz Citra pellets 5min
1oz Citra pellets 0min
Dry Hop 2oz Citra Leafs for 10 Days
Step 4: Fermentation and after
1. Cool wort
1a. If extract/partial mash, top up to about 5 gallons in the fermenter.
3. Dump entire blood orange tea into fermenter, oranges and all!!!!
2. Pitch healthy starter of 3068
3. Ferment @ around 65 for 10 days
4. Dry hop directly in the primary fermenter for 10 days
5. Bottle condition with 1cup corn sugar, condition at room temp for 2 weeks
This beer really is fantastic. If is very citrusy, fruity, and floral, a really great summer beer!
here are the blood oranges:
Dump the ENTIRE contents of the blood orange tea into the primary fermenter:
Beer (this thing has an AMAZING rocky head that lasts forever!):
I really hope you enjoy this one!