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Old 04-16-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
dcott
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: Wyeast 3944 - Belgian Witbier   
Yeast Starter: No   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5   
Original Gravity: 1.049   
Final Gravity: 1.012   
IBU: 32   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90   
Color: 4.2   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 @ 68F   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): None   
Tasting Notes: Rich mouthfeel, full of wheaty, yeasty, estery goodness.   

Primary Malt Bill:

Belgian Pilsen Malt - 3.0#
US Mild Ale Malt - 1.0#
US Carapils Malt - 0.38#

Adjunct Malt Bill:

Red Wheat - 3.0#
US 6-Row - 2.0#
Oats - 1.13#

Hop Schedule:

US Northern Brewer 8.0%AA - 14g @ 90min
German Tettnang 4.5%AA - 28g @ 30min
German Tettnang 4.5%AA - 28g @ 5min

Spicing Regimen (all at flameout, steep):

Crushed Coriander (the good stuff from the indian market) - 14g
Chamomile Tea (again, the good stuff from tea shop) - 7g
Fresh, Sweet Orange Peel - 1g

Mash Schedule:

Primary is step mash: Dough-In at .98 qt/# at 98F for 30min, raise by infusion of boiling 2.5qts to 122F for 15min, raise by addition of adjunct mash to 155F for 45min

Adjunct Mash (concurrent to primary mash, in separate heating vessel): Dough-In at 1.1 qt/#. Rest at 122F for 15min, raise by direct heat to 150F for 15min, Boil for 15min, add to Primary Mash to bring total mas to 155F for 45min

Mash out at 170F, sparge to reach target system volume



I know it's a super complicated mash, but it's worth it. The beer is damn tasty (IMHO)!


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Old 04-30-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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I've been eyeing up lots of Witbier recipes and this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and will give this a whirl.

Cheers

Chris



 
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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Let me know how it turns out. It's one of my favorite recipes, in fact, I'm planning to brew it next weekend.

Cheers!
Dan
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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dcott,

I've been looking at a lot of Wit recipes, and I'm getting a little discouraged. I'm not too confident about doing all the different rests. Would you say that the separate mash and rests are a necessity for this beer? Or could I get a similar result using flaked wheat?

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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I would imagine you could sub flaked wheat and do a single step infusion mash. The step mash is more traditional, and you may get slightly lower efficiency, but I'm sure you'll still make great beer.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:04 AM   #6
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I also forgot to add to the recipe that I add rice hulls to aid with lautering.
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:50 PM   #7
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Chamomile at flameout? Do you sanitize it? I just purchased the tea and a 3" tea ball. I was planning on loading up the tea ball and dunking it in at flame out without sanitizing. Thoughts?

 
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #8
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Should be fine. I haven't had any problems thus far.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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How did brew day turn out for you on this, Hebby?
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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Brewed last Saturday and still in the fermenter. My LHBS store didn't have Mild Malt or Red Wheat. So, I modified the recipe per the following:

Amount Item Type
4.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain
4.50 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain
0.50 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (60 min) Hops
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (15 min) Hops
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (10 min) Hops
0.75 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.00 oz Chamomile Tea (Boil 0.0 min) Misc
4.00 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
5.00 gal Raleigh Water
1 Pkgs Belgian Witbier (Wyeast Labs #3944) Yeast-Wheat


I didn't actually measure the Orange Peel. I zested 2 large Naval Oranges and 1 Pink (Ruby) Grapefruit. I did get some good Chamomile Tea from a local English Tea Room. Smelled amazing!

I should be bottling this next weekend.

Did you cold crash? I have never cold crashed before and thought I might try that for this brew to really add some clarity. Thoughts?

Cheers!

Chris



 
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