Somehow I've made it this far without ever doing anything with wheat malt. Time to change that. Getting started with a clean and simple American wheat with a healthy dose of Loral hops in the late boil and American ale yeast.
Full recipe is on BrewersFriend but here's the TL;DR
- Brewday: 2018-10-13 (brew 2 of 3)
- Malt: 50/50 German Pils and Wheat (Weyermann)
- Hops: [Magnum] (Loral)
- Yeast: SafAle US-05 (slurry from Ameri-Helles)
- OG: 1.038, FG: 1.005, ABV: 4.3%
I had almost exactly 2500g of Weyermann Barke Pils malt leftover from all the German beers I made for Oktoberfest. Might as well use it up. 50% pils, 50% wheat malt
Brew session beer: One of my favorites, and fresh hop season is the best time of year.
Grains out. Heating up to boil
72g of Loral hops will go in for 5 minutes at the end of the boil for a nice blend of noble character and fruitiness
Floor Manager Steve "helping"
Hops in. Time to chill.
Into the fermenter
Didn't know what to expect for efficiency with wheat malt. Now I know: it's crap! Expected 70% and ended up with 58%. This works out to 1.038. If it attenuates like it should we'll end up with about 4% ABV which is ok, just not what I was expecting.
And away we go
2018-10-17 (+4): already down to 1.005 according to the refractometer which puts it at 4.3% - not bad. I'll check again to confirm when kegging but that seems about right.
2018-10-19 (+6) - moving to 2ndary because I needed the fermenter
2018-10-23 (+10) - Cold crash. Steve supervising.
2018-10-24 (+11): into the keg
2018-10-24 (+11): uncarbonated sample. Tasting soapy and weird, but that's US-05 still in suspension. Should clean up after some time in the keg.
2018-10-25 (+12): Carbonated sample. This is tasting really nice - I've always had a hard time getting excited about wheat beers but this has some good stuff going on and plenty of body for being 4.2%. Can't wait to see how it develops over the next couple of weeks if it lasts that long.
2018-10-31 (+18): half pour
2018-11-4 (+22): full pour in the hefe glass
2018-11-11 (+29): full pour. tasting good, has some phenols going on. Because of the wheat? Because I used the same batch of yeast for a cream ale and it came out clean. Interesting mix of flavors and I think the Loral really works. Pleasant overall and pretty crushable even though I'm not a big fan of wheat beer.