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Old 07-05-2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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Littleton, CO
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: WLP400   
Yeast Starter: 1 liter   
Batch Size (Gallons): 6   
Original Gravity: 1.048   
Final Gravity: 1.010   
IBU: 15.5   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90   
Color: Straw Yellow   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 15 days, 65F   
Additional Fermentation: None   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): None   

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Recipe: Sorachi Wit
Brewer: Joe S
Asst Brewer:
Style: Witbier
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (40.0)

Recipe Specifications

Batch Size: 6.00 gal
Boil Size: 8.54 gal
Estimated OG: 1.048 SG
Estimated Color: 3.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 15.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 79.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
8.0 oz        Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM)                      Adjunct      4.76 %        
5 lbs         Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)             Grain        47.62 %       
3 lbs         Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM)                   Grain        28.57 %       
1 lbs         Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                    Grain        9.52 %        
1 lbs         White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)                Grain        9.52 %        
0.25 oz       Sorachi Ace [14.00 %]  (60 min)           Hops         10.3 IBU      
0.25 oz       Sorachi Ace [14.00 %]  (15 min)           Hops         5.1 IBU       
0.20 oz       Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 min)        Misc                       
0.40 oz       Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min)             Misc                       
1.00 oz       Tangerine Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 min)      Misc                       
2.00 tsp      Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min)                Misc                       
1 Pkgs        Belgian Wit Ale (White Labs #WLP400) [StarYeast-Wheat
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10.50 lb
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp     
80 min        Mash In            Add 13.13 qt of water at 165.9 F    154.0 F
Note: Persistent, Rocky, Oily head throughout ferment. It was still present on May 5, when I racked and transferred to keg. This still needs a few weeks in the keg to be ready to drink.

Ready for drinking in mid-may, about four weeks from brewing. "lemon" flavor from Sorachi Ace hops is present, but subdued, not overpowering at all. There was a fairly sulfurous odor from the beer upon kegging, and it persisted through the first couple of pints, which were hazy, with lots of suspended yeast. later pints have been clearer, but with pronounced chill haze. Flavor is somewhat spicy and phenolic, but with enough tart citrus notes to balance it. While wit isn't my most favorite style, this one is certainly drinkable and refreshing.

At our family 4th of July picnic, this beer went fast. Several people, brewers and non-brewers, commented without prompting on how much they like this beer.

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Old 07-06-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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Dec 2007
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looks like a great recipe. i'll have to give this a shot sometime down the line.
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