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Old 02-10-2009, 07:32 PM   #21
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I'm sorry did you say you pitched US-5 for a Wit? I always thought you needed belgian wit yeast and that US-5 would leave it a little bland and lacking that tart that comes with a wit? Have you done this before? How did it work out. The wit yeast is less flocculant than the US-5 right?
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:40 PM   #22
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I'm sorry did you say you pitched US-5 for a Wit? I always thought you needed belgian wit yeast and that US-5 would leave it a little bland and lacking that tart that comes with a wit?

This is the most requested beer in my house by the family and neighbors who come over.

If I had some wit yeast laying around I’d have certainly used it, but as it is, the 05 will do just fine for giving me a flavorful house quaffer. The lay person won’t know the diff, but this isn’t something I’d enter into a competition without the proper yeast.

FWIW, I tapped the first keg this past weekend so that’s about a 2.5 weeks from grain to glass. It is mighty tasty and I mashed this high so the ABV on this 1.047 finished around 1.017 to give me a nice 3.9% session ale.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:45 PM   #23
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Well great job on the wit and thanks for the pics. Perhaps i should move the wit up in my queue?
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:44 PM   #24
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What does using all that flaked wheat do for the beer? IS it a big difference compared to using the regular wheat malt? I ask because I have never used that much flaked anything.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:45 PM   #25
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Are those the zested oranges behind the box grater in the op pic? I ask because I decided to try adding some orange zest to my Spanish Castle Ale I just brewed and I wasn't quite sure how far to go. It seemed just one or two passes and I was down to the pith. I only had two oranges (kinda hard to find around here) and didn't have that much zest (I used a flat grater that has finer holes than your box grater...same type of 'offset' holes though). This was for a 5 gal. batch.

Would you believe that when I went to the grocery to get two oranges that I could not get ANY Florida oranges? In Orlando! WTF! They had plenty of California oranges and some specialty stuff...but not a Florida orange to be had (so I passed). Luckily a coworker brought in a bag of homegrowns (people do that all the time down here) and a I grabbed a couple. Indian River zest FTW!
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:49 PM   #26
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Wow, pretty inspiring display of brewing knowdelge.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:18 PM   #27
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Wow, that looks awesome! I have to ask though, why the fan perched over the kettle?

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:22 PM   #28
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Wow, that looks awesome! I have to ask though, why the fan perched over the kettle?

To stop boil-over. A spray bottle of water will knock down foam as well.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:24 PM   #29
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Ah, gotcha. Thanks!

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:26 PM   #30
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Wow! That sounds and looks like a great Winter Brew!
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