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Old 07-31-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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I've recently cracked open a few bottles of my hefeweizen and have noticed a weird "lacing" as I drink it. Is this excess protein or yeast or what? Would this be considered a flaw? The beer tastes amazing but this isn't very aesthetically pleasing to me and not what I remember about hefeweizens in Germany (granted I was there many years ago).
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The recipe was Ed Wort's: 4 lb pilsener (I used under modified due to my decoction mash) and 7 pounds red wheat. I did a triple decoction mash with rests at 95, 123, 146, and 154. Fermented with the Wyeast Weihenstephan strain at 64 F letting it free rise to 68 after high kräusen fell. And of course I suspended the yeast when pouring. Thanks for any help!

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Old 07-31-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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I'm hoping your glass was just not as clean as you thought it was. Especially since it sounds like you had a good handle on your brewday. But how was your sanitation? Is there a noticeable tang to your beer?


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Old 07-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #3
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Wheat is higher in proteins than most malts, so it wouldn't be unusual to have a good bit of residual head.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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Pat yourself on the back. Lacing like that is a good thing.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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Most people strive for lacing like that. It's a pretty thing.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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That reminded me of this TRAIN WRECK:

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I can't see youtube links at work...is that the TakeSomeAdvice video where he repeats "Look at the lacing!" with the laugh track?

OP - looks like yeast/trub to me. I get this all the time when I swirl the last bit to resuspend, then pour on top. The yeast just sits in the big fluffy head and sticks to the glass. Consider it a badge of honor.
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That reminded me of this TRAIN WRECK:


Could just be me, but he sounds just a little in that video.
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I can't see youtube links at work...is that the TakeSomeAdvice video where he repeats "Look at the lacing!" with the laugh track?
Yep! That's him...
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Cool. Thanks for the reassurance!


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