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Old 04-17-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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I have the following given to me by a friend. Do I have what it takes to brew a hefe? If so can you provide the steps?
6 lbs Dme
1 lb 2row munich barley malt
1/2 lb wheat malt
4 oz hallertau hops
1 vial white labs wlp380

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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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I have the following given to me by a friend. Do I have what it takes to brew a hefe? If so can you provide the steps?
6 lbs Dme
1 lb 2row munich barley malt
1/2 lb wheat malt
4 oz hallertau hops
1 vial white labs wlp380

Thanks,steve
I think 1/2 lb doesn't make a hefe.

Check out the recipe section and compare.


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Is the 6lbs of DME golden light or something else?
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You have enough to make a good beer, what kind of DME do you have ?
Id just save some of those hops for another batch, 4oz is quite a bit.

As far as steps, we really need to know how you brew.

If it were me brewing I would crush grain in my mill (before mill crush grains with a bottle or rolling pin)
Put crushed grain in a new 5 gal paint strainer sack
Im Guessing what you have? 5 gal pot? fill with 4 gal water and heat to 153 deg.
Put 5 gal sack of grain into 153 deg water for 30 min, Stir grain 1 or 2 times during 30 min
Take out sack of grain out
Add 1/2 of the DME into pot and stir
Heat to a boiling
Set a 60 min timer, and add some hops, maybe 3/4 to 1 oz if it were my beer
At 20 min left on timer turn off burner and add another 1/2 oz hops and slowly stir in the rest of your DME
Turn flame back on, watch for a boil over, if it starts to foam up, spray foam with water in a spray bottle
if you want hop smell in your beer add another 1/2 oz of hops with 5 min left on timer
When timer go's off you need to cool beer down below 80 deg, pot into a ice bath in the sink will work
Pour beer into fermenter
Add yeast
Put lid on and install airlock, as soon as beer starts to ferment, cool it down to that yeast's lower end recommended temp

Have you ever brewed before?

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You need more wheat to make a true hefe. You could make a beer with the ingredients above, and it would probably be good, but not a hefe.

If you wanna use what you have, I'd do a small mash/steep (BIAB maybe) of the grains at 152. Boil your water with 1/2 of the DME added at beginning of boil. Maybe use 1oz of your hops at 60 min. If you want, add another 1/2 oz with 10-15 min left. Add the rest of your DME with 10 min left in your boil. Cool to pitching temps and pitch the yeast. (I'd make a starter if you can to ensure large enough pitch as well as verify yeast viability). Ferment at 64 for a few days then ramp up temps to 68-70.

This would give you a beer of 1.058 OG and finish around 5.8%ABV. IBUs: ~13. Color depends on your DME.

Again, not a true hefe, but it would have some of the character which comes largely from the yeast. Just missing the wheat additions that make it true to style. If anyone cares to adjust this recipe, please feel free!
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Darn, WileE beat me to it. Glad we came up with the same beer though!
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You have enough to make a good beer, what kind of DME do you have ?
Id just save some of those hops for another batch, 4oz is quite a bit.

As far as steps, we really need to know how you brew.

If it were me brewing I would crush grain in my mill (before mill crush grains with a bottle or rolling pin)
Put crushed grain in a new 5 gal paint strainer sack
Im Guessing what you have? 5 gal pot? fill with 4 gal water and heat to 153 deg.
Put 5 gal sack of grain into 153 deg water for 30 min, Stir grain 1 or 2 times during 30 min
Take out sack of grain out
Add 1/2 of the DME into pot and stir
Heat to a boiling
Set a 60 min timer, and add some hops, maybe 3/4 to 1 oz if it were my beer
At 20 min left on timer turn off burner and add another 1/2 oz hops and slowly stir in the rest of your DME
Turn flame back on, watch for a boil over, if it starts to foam up, spray foam with water in a spray bottle
if you want hop smell in your beer add another 1/2 oz of hops with 5 min left on timer
When timer go's off you need to cool beer down below 80 deg, pot into a ice bath in the sink will work
Pour beer into fermenter
Add yeast
Put lid on and install airlock, as soon as beer starts to ferment, cool it down to that yeast's lower end recommended temp

Have you ever brewed before?

Cheers
Shouldn't he mash with less water? That's not a lot of grain, the pH might get too high in that much water.
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Darn, WileE beat me to it. Glad we came up with the same beer though!
LMAO I finally beat someone to it.

If its wheat DME its a hefe.

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Shouldn't he mash with less water? That's not a lot of grain, the pH might get too high in that much water.
Doing BIAB you can steep (thats really what he would be doing) your grains with a full volume of water, and its only for 30 min.
I didnt even bother to look those grains up to see if they had to be mashed to tell the truth.

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Yes it's wheat Dme. Yes I have brewed just have not put a recipe together on my own. Thanks for all the help
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