A Hefe with 50% wheat DME/ 50% Extra Light DME

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ACo

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I was wondering if anyone has experimented with mixing wheat DME and extra light DME.

Does anyone think it would noticeably change the taste as a hefe?

I'm primarily asking because I use 6.6lbs of wheat DME for my dunkleweizen and it comes out so dark. I was hoping this would change the color a bit.

I realize that im doomed from the beginning by using DME.


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I think Wheat DME is already 50-50 or 60-40 something like that, So Im not sure the color would be any different. Did you add some steeping grains to your dunkel?
 

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i think 55/45....
It depends on the brand. Last weekend I used some Breiss that was 60/40, but I've also seen 65/35 and 55/45.

I generally formulate my hefe recipes to be 50/50 wheat/barley or slightly more wheat, which generally means somewhere in the range of 90% wheat DME and 10% pilsen DME.
 

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Wheat DME is not any darker than Light DME, so no...that wouldn't help. There are lots of ways to improve color and flavor of extract brews, however.

If you have a medium-sized pot in addition to your boiling pot, you can do a small partial mash. Hefeweizens are my favorite beers to make using this method...check out my sig.

Dunkelweizens are supposed to be a little dark, but if it's too dark you may have too many of or the wrong kind of specialty grains. What was your recipe?

EDIT: Oh, and I often use 70% wheat in my all-grain recipes. Wheat is good stuff. Usually at least 60/40. Most extract is between 50/50 to 60/40 blend of wheat/barley.
 
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