Deep Dark Wheat - a little too deep (AKA high gravity)?

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Dec 12, 2008
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Eugene, OR
I have a Dark Wheat AG kit from midwest in my possession, and they state an OG of 1.062-064. however, when I entered the recipe into beersmith, the og came out to a predicted, my efficiency is low (round 65%)as I've not yet learned all the ins and outs of my new AG equipment, so if I went ahead as directed I'd likely get around 1.064-ish, but I'd actually like this dunkel to be kind of easy drinking.....can you experts take a look at the recipe below and tell me if you think it will produce a BIG wheat or just an average wheat?

Type: All Grain
Date: 3/5/2009
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Leland Bradley
Boil Size: 6.75 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.0
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 49.5 %
5.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 35.4 %
1.00 lb Wheat Malt, Dark (9.0 SRM) Grain 7.1 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.5 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 3.5 %
0.13 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 0.9 %
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50%] (60 min) Hops 14.8 IBU
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50%] (5 min) Hops 3.0 IBU

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.074 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.019 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.2 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.6 %
Bitterness: 17.8 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint

the only problem with modifying this recipe is that midwest has pre-mixed the grains together, so I can't selectively remove anyhting from the grain bill, though I can taka a couple pounds off and add back single ingredients.

anyhow, thanks for your help.


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Nov 24, 2006
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North Idaho
I tend to lean towards bigger beers, so to me it looks fine @ 1060 - 1070 OG. If you really want to make it a smaller beer, but can't adjust your grain bill, you could always add a little top off water ala extract brewers till you hit the marks your after.