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You can never have too many Bavarian Weissbiers!

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Hello old friend.  I still have a bunch of BWs to brew, so I'm thinking of doing a Celtic Wheat Beer inspired by Curim Gold from Carlow Brewing.  This would basically be another fun mini-mash using 1.5 lbs. of grain + HME, but something a little different from the standard stout or red ale for St. Patty's Day.

 

Bavarian Weissbier HME

BrewMax Smooth LME

Malting Co. of Ireland Ale malt, 0.8 lb.

Muntons Torrified Wheat, 3 oz.

Gambrinus Honey Malt, 3 oz.

Crystal 15, 4 oz.

Hallertau Blanc, 0.5 oz., 5 min. boil

Safbrew S-33 ale yeast

 

OG 1.050

 

http://www.beermonthclub.com/carlow-brewing-company-curim-gold-celtic-wheat-beer.htm

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Brewing a UK-themed dunkelweizen-- working title is Peaty Wheat. :)

 

OG was 1.050.

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On ‎10‎/‎18‎/‎2016 at 5:04 PM, Nickfixit said:

In the last Target sale I managed to sneak in an order of 2 Bav WB HMEs but they ran out before delivery and I am waiting for stock replenishment. I can wait at that price - lol.

Still did not come in. I guess they gave up on me.   Still shows "unavailable" on web site.

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Day 22 -- Bottled the 5.9% ABV UK Peaty Wheat (BeerWars II)

 

Bavarian Weissbier HME, 1.87 lb.

BrewMax Smooth DME, 0.47 lb.

Crisp Gleneagles Maris Otter, 0.5 lb.

Crisp CaraMalt 15, 0.2 lb.

Simpson's Peated Malt, 0.17 lb.

Munton's Torrified Wheat, 0.17 lb.

Simpson's Chocolate Malt, 0.06 lb.

Weyermann Carafa Special 2, 0.06 lb.

Fuggle (UK) 0.25 oz, 20 min.

Fuggle (UK) 0.75 oz, 7 min.

Safbrew WB-06 Dry Wheat yeast

 

HME + mini-mash (60 min. @ 154 F)

30 min. boil

 

SRM 17

IBU 29

OG 1.054

 

Ferment @ 68-70 F and let the esters have their fun.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

 

That batch was pretty dang tasty last year -- I drank all of it in no time!  Since, I've learned how to use Qbrew and BeerSmith to craft beer.  Those calculators are very handy in a pinch though -- thanks Nick!

As I  don't do AG but just mess with minor  additions to HME, I use these for the hop parts sometimes so I can get  rough order of magnitude on what I am doing.  Unfortunately there are no good calculators or ways to measure flavor and aroma. Bitterness is not the same.

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Took a shot at a Specialty White IPA... 

 

Hella Hoppy Wit

 

Bavarian Weissbier HME, 1.87 lb.

Mr. Beer booster, 0.39 lb.

2-Row, 1.0 lb.

Flaked Wheat, 0.15 lb.

Briess Pilsen, 0.35 lb.

Summit, 0.25 oz, 20 min.

Galaxy, 0.375 oz, 10 min.

Citra, 0.5 oz, 5 min.

Galaxy, 0.375 oz. @ flame-out

Corriander seed, ground, 1-tsp. @ 10 min.

Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale yeast

 

HME + mini-mash (60 min. @ 150 F)

Sparge with 2-3 cups hot water

30 min. boil (w/booster)

HME @ flame-out

 

SRM 4

IBU 57

OG 1.054

 

Ferment @ 68-70 F.

 

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I'll post a picture of the Hella Hoppy Wit hydrometer sample later, but I must say that the flavor of this one is special.  Galaxy + Citra + Summit, along with the coriander seed produced a very tangy (no, not twangy) and citrusy hit upfront, with a pleasant bitter finish.  I have to confess, this is the second draw that I've collected.  You have to be absolutely sure with these hydrometer readings, right? 

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57 minutes ago, Bonsai & Brew said:

I'll post a picture of the Hella Hoppy Wit hydrometer sample later, but I must say that the flavor of this one is special.  Galaxy + Citra + Summit, along with the coriander seed produced a very tangy (no, not twangy) and citrusy hit upfront, with a pleasant bitter finish.  I have to confess, this is the second draw that I've collected.  You have to be absolutely sure with these hydrometer readings, right? 

Cue in Mr. Twitty!

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30 minutes ago, AnthonyC said:

Twitty exit stage right.  The mere mention of the word TWANGY awakens him from his slumber!

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OK, I will "like" this, but this is absolutely the last time!!

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I just finished one of my Belgian Wit clones. More citrus than required but still tasty on a hot day.

No added hops but dried bitter orange peel for the citrus - lol.

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Here is my quickie recipe for an American Wheat Ale based on tastings of Deschutes AWA Thursday night.

 

Bavarian Weissbier, 1.87 lb.

Chateau Pilsen, 1 lb.

Flaked white wheat, 0.25 lb.

Rahr White wheat, 0.25 lb.

Carapils, 0.25 lb.

Styrian Golding, 0.25 oz., 15 min.

Cascade, 0.25 oz., 10 min.

Cascade, 0.25 oz., 5 min.

Safale US-05

 

Mash for 60 min. at 150 F.

45 min. boil.

 

Day 7 dry-hop with ??? (Thinking more Cascade, Mosaic or even Chinook -- suggestions?)

 

OG 1.052

IBU 27

SRM 4

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3 hours ago, MRB Tim said:

 

Citra. It seriously goes with everything.

 

Good call Tim -- thanks.  Deschutes uses Cascade, Celeia (a Styrian Golding hybrid), and Experimental HBC-431 in their American Wheat Ale.  It's almost like they went out of their way to use lesser known (at least to me) or hard to find hop varieties to give this wheat its 'peachy' aroma.  Obviously, I don't have any HBC-431 on hand at the moment, so I like the idea of Citra instead.  FWIW, here are the 431 specs according to YCHHops: Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include peach, berry, tropical fruit, citrus and herbal.  

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