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Title: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: brianbgarber on August 05, 2011, 06:30:58 PM
Not sure why, but it seems like my weizen beers always turn out clear. Here are the details...

Wheat- Dingemans,  5 lb
Lager Malt-6 Row Briess,  5 lb
Saaz-Pellet, 0.25 oz, 120 min
Perle-Pellet, 0.4 oz, 30 min
Weihenstephan-3068

Step mash, 133° for 15 min, direct heat to 148° for 20 minutes, finally direct heat up to 155° for 30 minutes. o.g. 1.048, no filtering. After ~ a month or so in the keg, I get perfectly a clear weizen pour, and not much head retention either. Serving temp is about 45°, and I hand wash my beer glasses.

I thought weizens were supposed to be a bit cloudy!!! Thoughts?

Thanks!
Brian


Title: Re: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: tom on August 05, 2011, 06:36:58 PM
bottle-condition and rouse the yeast before pouring.
Or just call it a Kristalweizen
Title: Re: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: majorvices on August 05, 2011, 06:39:36 PM
I'd skip the rest at 133 and dough in at 111 for a ferulic acid rest then follow the rest of your schedule. The rest at 133 might be breaking down the proteins to clear up the beer. that said, a lot of the haze in a hefeweizen is from the yeast.

OTOH if you let it sit too long in the keg the yeast will start to drop out. Drink 'em up faster!  ;) Or blow some Co2 up through the dip tube. A lot of breweries store their wheat beer kegs upside down until they are served to keep 'em cloudy.
Title: Re: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: brianbgarber on August 05, 2011, 06:42:21 PM
"Drink 'em up faster"! Now that is good advice!!!!

Thanks for the tips!
Title: Re: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: dak0415 on August 05, 2011, 08:17:21 PM
I put about a 1/2 teaspoon per keg of cornstarch in the boil with about 5 minutes before flameout.  Just mix with a little cold water (to prevent clumps) and dump in.  The starch haze won't go away.
Title: Re: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: euge on August 05, 2011, 08:45:18 PM
Adding starch? A solution to be sure but the yeast are part of the flavor-profile. Give the keg a little wobble before you serve and that will kick up some yeast. A Cristal beer or Club-Weizen is pretty good though. Very refreshing.

Title: Re: Clear Weizen beer?
Post by: EHall on August 05, 2011, 08:53:00 PM
I found adding some flaked wheat helps too...