Witbier - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Witbier
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway

Thread Tools
Old 04-21-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 53

I just brewed a Witbier, since it will be cloudy by nature is a secondary necessary?

Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
Go Gators
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Posts: 178

No you really don't NEED a secondary on most beers. It is used for clearing, and aging. So if neither of those are important to you, then you can skip that step. If you do opt to skip the secondary make sure you let it sit long enough in the primary. You don't want to bottle a beer that is not finished.

Primaries -Cider
Secondaries - Winter IPA, Belgium Noel
Extra Kegs - Empty
On Tap - Sam Adam's Boston Lager
Next - Nothing at the moment
Reading - Radical Brewing


Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2008, 02:56 PM   #3
FatDuc's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Leland, NC
Posts: 1,617
Liked 42 Times on 42 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Personally I've not used a secondary on any beer of mine except my first. Secondary is usually good to get the beer off the old yeast and to aid in clearing, but since switching to 21day minimum primary I've had great results with clarity and no need to secondary.

The BJCP guidelines for Witbier:
Appearance: Very pale straw to very light gold in color. The beer will be very cloudy from starch haze and/or yeast, which gives it a milky, whitish-yellow appearance. Dense, white, moussy head. Head retention should be quite good.
That pretty much tells me I'd want to avoid a secondary altogether. YMMV
Originally Posted by olllllo View Post
Every brewer here would tuck in his junk to have this opportunity.
A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention. Aldous Huxley
Fat Duc Brewing
Special Character cheatsheets

Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
malkore's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 9

secondary depends on the style. for wit, i'd say no secondary, period. maybe 10 days total in primary, and assuming your gravity readings are good, bottle it and wait.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

Cevan Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2008, 11:34 PM   #5
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,781
Liked 123 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 1

...and the opposition says... I secondary my wheat beers for the simple reason it allows more yeast to fall out of suspension. You can always add more yeast from the secondary while racking to the bottling bucket/keg.

Doing this will reduce the amount of sediment in your bottles, but contain enough to make the brew cloudy again while pouring.

The choice is yours...enjoy either way!

HB Bill

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Increasing ABV in Witbier Kit jeffmeh Extract Brewing 7 07-29-2009 09:42 PM
Why is my Witbier OG low? Gibbnal All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 06-29-2009 01:07 PM
witbier boydak Recipes/Ingredients 1 04-24-2009 02:51 AM
6-row or 2-row for a witbier? ph0ngwh0ng Recipes/Ingredients 16 08-15-2008 03:25 AM
low FG witbier _Edge Extract Brewing 6 06-08-2007 08:31 PM

Forum Jump