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Alright guys, it is my great pleasure to finally be able to contribute positively to this forum.  I'm going to share with you the best Weizen I've ever had / created.  This is NOT an American Hefeweizen, rather a TRADITIONAL Weizen.  I've found that the most important parts of this recipe are not necessarily the ingredients, but more so the process by which you brew it.  Without further ado, I give you the Ultimate Traditional Weizen:

Ultimate Traditional Weizen:
OG: 1.048
FG: 1.010
Batch Size: 5.75 Gal
ABV: 5%
Carb: 2.9 vols
Color: 3.2 SRM
IBU: 12.6

Water profile:
pH: 8
Calcium: 250ppm
Magnesium: 25ppm
Sodium: 70ppm
Sulfate: 100ppm
Chloride: 280ppm
Bicarbonate: 550ppm

Recipe: 5.25gal, 76% BHEfficiancy


4.75lbs Wheat Malt (German) (2.0 SRM)
2.75lbs Pilsner (2 Row, German, 2.0 SRM)
1lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)

1oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [3.8%AA] - 90 min


WLP300 (1L starter at 1.035sg for 24 hours)

- Utilize a step mash with an acid rest at 109-113*F for 15 minutes (do NOT add acid prior to this step, optimal pH should be 5.8-6.0 for this step!) to promote clove like flavors and then add your phosphoric acid if necessary to acheive 5.2-5.6pH prior to the normal protien rest at 122*F for 20 mins, this step gives your Weizen great head retention (especially with unrefined grains found in Germany/Belgium), then raise temp for Sacchrification Rest at 149*F, then finally Mashout at 168*F for 10 mins
- Boil heavily for 90 mionutes to combat DMS.
- Hefe should be hazy, no need for finnings.
- No late addition hops. maintain bitterness around 10 IBU's to balance bitter with fruit/clove esters and bread malty flavors.
- Ferment between 62-65*F to promote proper yeast attenuation and correct clove/banana flavors.

Fermentation Notes:

Hefe Yeast (WLP 300) is VERY sensitive to temperature change.  Recommend pitching and fermenting at 62*F +/- 1*, then allowing the temp to rise to 64*F of the course of 3 days and hold for two weeks.  This prevents a banana bomb that characterizes American Hefe's.  This being a traditional German Weizen, you want a balance between clove and banana flavor which is acheived primarily through fermentation temperature.

Hope you all enjoy!  Let me know if you make this one with similar results!

Yeast and Fermentation / Reaching Final Gravity
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:02:14 PM »
Hey all!

I'm having a hard time reaching final gravity on my brews.  I just got a new setup and haven't been able to fully ferment to 1.010.  I've been shaking the crap out of my fermenters and still not quite getting there.  I've tried making starters, still nothing.  This last brew, I added yeast nutrient hoping it will correct the problem.  Anyone else have this issue?  What did you do to correct it?

Kegging and Bottling / Belgian Strong Ale Bottles
« on: November 26, 2017, 07:49:09 PM »
Hi All!

I'm a keg brewer for the most part.  I haven't bottled since I got my kegerator and switched to all grain batches.  However, I am going to be making a Duvel Clone next week (I know, bottling is a ways off).  From everything I've read, it seems as though bottling is really the only way to go for a Belgian Golden Strong Ale as the carbonation is different (I'm not here to debate this, it's simply the overwhelming majority of brewers believe this makes a difference in this ale).  I was wondering if you had any suggestions for the type of bottles to use for this?  I will be carbonating to 3-4 vols, which is a lot more than most beers I've brewed.  I'm guessing this is what gives Duvel its champagne like mouth feel.  Will standard beer bottles and caps be able to withstand this pressure?  My LHBS has "Belgian Beer Bottles w/corks", is this a gimmick or is it designed for exactly this purpose?  Is the glass stronger than typical beer bottles?  If I go this route, should I get champagne wire caps for the corks? 

Thanks for any suggestions!  I'm really excited to brew this beer!

Equipment and Software / New Equipment, New Issues
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:19:46 PM »
Hey everyone,

I finally bought my own equipment after brewing with a friend for a while.  I bought the SSBrewtech Infussion MT and Kettle.  I also got the chugger pump and duda energy 30 plate wort chiller.  I've made two batches with this new setup and have ended up low in my conical fermenters.  I'm only getting 4 gallons into the fermenter and a lower than expected OG.  I'm assuming this means I'm not getting full conversion AND losing water somewhere.  Now, I've noticed every time I transfer water/wort I end up losing a little in my lines but I don't know how to account for this in BeerSmith.  While I'm losing water/wort in the lines, I'd still need to figure out why I'm not getting the correct OG.  I'm currently set up to do a single infussion mash with no mashout and fly sparging. using a 5 gallon water cooler as my HLT. 

I'd love to hear your input, thanks so much for any help you can provide me with.


General Homebrew Discussion / It's so pretty
« on: August 14, 2017, 12:44:51 AM »
Just wanted to share a picture of my little sumpin sumpin clone. It came out so good!

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Beer Recipes / Summer Weissbier
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:29:34 PM »
Hello fellow brewers!  I'd love for you to critique this recipe I came up with for a Weissbier.  Here it is, let me know your thoughts:

Grain Bill:
8 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 59.3 %
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 6 14.8 %
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7 7.4 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 8 3.7 %
8.0 oz Wheat, Torrified (1.7 SRM) Grain 9 3.7 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 4 11.1 %

0.50 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [4.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 10 5.1 IBUs
0.50 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [4.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 11 3.3 IBUs
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 3.0 IBUs

1.0 pkg Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP300) [35.49 ml] Yeast 13

Beer Recipes / Altbier
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:38:04 PM »
Hello everyone!  This is my first post on here.  I recently dove head first into home brewing.  I should say that I've brewed extracts several years ago, and even switched to partial grain and now have fully committed to full grain brewing.  I don't have all of my own equipment yet, but my buddy has one hell of a set-up!  We are brewing 5.5 gallon batches and kegging to soda kegs.  We fly-sparge in a 10 gal water cooler with a false bottom.  Okay, so now that the background is done, I've brewed several clones and have finally decided to try my hand at recipe creation.  I've decided to try my first altbier and would love some feedback from you guys.  Anything that stands out to you as good / bad, please let me know your thoughts/opinions.  Thanks!

Octobier fest Altbier v1

Grist Bill:
8 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 4 66.7 %
2 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) Grain 5 16.7 %
1 lbs Caramel Wheat Malt (46.0 SRM) Grain 6 8.3 %
1 lbs Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 7 8.3 %

Hops Schedule:
1.00 oz Perle [8.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 27.4 IBUs
0.50 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 9 5.9 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 10 -
1.00 oz Spalt Spalter [3.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 11 5.1 IBUs
1.00 oz Hersbrucker [2.75 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

15.00 gal Salt Lake City, UT Water 1 -
1.50 g Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
1.20 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 3 -

1.0 pkg Alt (Omega #OYL-001) Yeast 12

Mash Process:
Single infusion, medium body, fly sparge

Thanks in advance for your critique!

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