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Scotto's Rapier-Like Wit

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Scotto's Rapier-Like Wit

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Beer Style: Witbier  (16A)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons



My latest batch of beer seems to be taking an awful long time to ferment. It's been a total of 2 and 1/2 weeks now, and it has only fallen to half of its O.G. There is still some slow action in the airlock and bubbles rising, but it looks like I'm in for another two weeks perhaps. This seems really long.

Although this beer is labelled as a "wit", a true Belgian wit will be made with unmalted barley. Still, this is an interesting approach to making an extract version since I'm not sure how you'd handle unmalted wheat in this case. ---Ed.


  • 3 lb Dutch extra-light DME
  • 12 oz N. Western light DME
  • 1 lb clover honey
  • 3.3 lb N. Western Weizen extract
  • 1.5 oz Hallertauer leaf hops
  • 2 oz coriander
  • 0.5 oz orange peel
  • Wyeast Belgian white pitched from 32 oz of 1.050 starter

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.060
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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The yeast was pitched when VERY active, and visible signs of fermentation were ween within 6 hours. O.G. was 1.060. Racked to secondary after 8 days, gravity only 1.040. After a week in secondary, gravity is 1.032. Fermentation has taken place at an average temp of 65 degrees.