Originally Posted by PGHcableguy
The wife wants me to try to make a Franziskaner Hefe. I see NB has a popular Hefe kit and I see Austins has a Franzi kit. Anyone else have a recommendation as to what kit I should try?
Brewer's Best "German Weizen" kit is a solid one, but I find if you brew according to their guide the LME caramelizes a little too long, leading to a roasted, caramel flavor. While great, not a typical Hefe flavor profile. I've also brewed Adventures In Homebrewing's Hefe kit (www.homebrewing.org
), which uses steeping grains in conjunction with a LME, and it was tasty. For a full-extract Hefeweizen, I would recommend either of the above with either White Labs 300 or WYeast 3068. I pitched both at about 74°, and they fermented around that temp for two or three days. If you're looking for a lighter-colored Hefeweizen, I'd probably recommend using a DME recipe, and adding it shortly before flameout, making sure it stays over 160° just long enough to pasteurize. This will avoid any excess malt caramelization. For hops, stick to Hallertau or Tettnang for your Hefe.