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Bavarian Weizen

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Bavarian Weizen

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

Weizen/Weissbier

Description:

My all-grain version of a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen, dominated by banana ester and clove-like characteristics. Slightly tart and refreshing finish.

Bitterness: 15.1 IBUs
Color: 3.8 (SRM)
Estimated Alcohol: 4.9%

Ingredients:

  • 6 lbs White Wheat Malt
  • 4 lbs Pale Malt (2 row) US
  • 8 oz Carapils
  • 4 oz Rice Hulls
  • 1 oz Hallertau Hops (3.8% AAU) - 60 min (T60)
  • 1 oz Hallertau Hops (3.8% AAU) - 5 min (T5)
  • Yeast - Wyeast Weihenstephan Weizen #3068

Additional Instructions

Primary Ferment: 7 days @ 64-75 degrees (cooler the better)
Secondary Ferment: 7 days @ 64-75 degrees

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol by Vol: 4.84%
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Procedure:

Mash Schedule: Multi-Rest Infusion / Batch Sparge

Heat 2.75 gal water @ 136.0F to obtain a mash temperature of 125.0F. Mash for 20 min for Protein Rest. Add an additional 1 gal water @ 212.0F (boiling) to mash to obtain a mash temp of 150.0F. Mash for one hour and drain. Heat 4.75 gal water @ 179.3F to get a sparge temp of 165.2F. Mash for 15 min and drain....will yield approx. 6.5 gal of wort to boil. Heat to boiling. At first sign of boiling, add 1 oz of Hallertau. Boil for 60 min. With 15 min to go (T15), I add one teaspoon of Irish Moss to help with protein break. With 5 min to go (T5), add remaining hops. Cool to pitching temp and add yeast.

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 Reviewed by Michael on Tue Apr 21 2015

I'm working on a second batch I liked the first so much. At first it comes off a little grainy, but 2 months of bottle aging improves the flavour immensely. It is lightly hopped, so I threw in a handful of fresh frozen feral hops on my second batch. It does have the advertised clove and banana nose but was just a little light for my taste so I made a greater effort to stay a little warmer on saccharification and went slightly heavier on the grain bill on batch 2. Still, a very drinkable brew and one of my wife's favourites.