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Honeydew Wheat

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Honeydew Wheat

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Beer Style: Weizen/Weissbier (15A)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Weizen/Weissbier

Description:

The color of this beer is a medium golden hue that is cloudy, just as a wheat should be. The honey flavor is very prevalent but not overbearing and melds well with the amount of hops. Liberty hops imparted a slight spice to the initial taste but dissipates in the aftertaste, leaving only the clean, sweet honey flavor. Will have a strong citrus aroma.

Ingredients:

  • 6.3 lbs./100 oz. British Light Wheat Dry Extract
  • 1 lb. Clover Honey
  • 1 oz. Liberty hop pellets (4.5% AAU) (bittering)
  • 1 oz. Liberty hop pellets (4.5 % AAU) (bittering)
  • 1 oz. Amarillo hop pellets (9% AAU) (aroma)
  • 1 packet of American ale yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar

Additional Instructions

Primary Ferment: 9 days
Secondary Ferment: Didn't use one.

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol by Vol: 6.94%
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Procedure:

Boil the wheat extract and 1 oz. of Liberty hops in 1 1/2 gal. of water for 60 minutes. After 40 min. throw in 1 more ounce of Liberty hops. This allows the liberty hops to assert its clean aftertaste and to prevent the honey from being too overbearing and sweet. Basically, this ounce keeps this a beer and not a girly wheat drink...

After 50 minutes of the boil put in the honey. Stir while you pour to prevent burning honey and having it stick on the pot. You won't like the taste very much if it burns. After the 60 minutes is over take the pot off the heat and throw in the ounce of Amarillo hops. You don't boil these because you don't want any of their bittering qualities in this particular beer. You can boil them if you like hoppy beer but I chose to accentuate the clean honey taste rather than the hoppy overtone. It's up to you.

Let the Amarillo hops simmer for 5-7 minutes and then sparge, cool, and transfer to your fermenter. Cool to 77 F and pitch your yeast. Let sit for 9 days and bottle. Enjoy!

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