Can't pass up one on the East coast. This will be my 2nd.
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That grain bill is fine.
I use 75/25 Pilsner/Kolsch malt with 029.
I have never seen Kolsch malt until now. Would Vienna be a reasonable substitute especially in smaller quantities?
Here's my super rad trick for using wheat berries, no cereal mash or rice hulls necessary:
In my opinion: flaked wheat is not a passable substitute for unmalted wheat.
Maybe its an issue with freshness in flaked wheat, or something that the process of gelatinizing raw wheat at home contributes, but I have always found beers made with raw wheat to be far superior.
A cereal mash is not terribly complicated. I think its easier than a single decoction.
Torrefied ('puffed') wheat is another option. Never tried it in a witbier, but I like it as a substitute for flaked wheat in smaller quantities (small amount for head retention, body, etc.). It has a subtle, fresh popcorn flavor.
flaked wheat IS unmalted.
However flaked is pre-gelatinizated so you don't have to worry about that aspect. whole unmalted wheat berries have a gelatinization temp around the mid to high 150s if I recall. but that is best case scenario with a grind close to flour.
so with the flaked wheat the starch will be readily available to the enzymes for conversion where the un-flaked wheat the starch has to gelatinize first. which is may or may not do completely.
I apologize for bringing politics into this, Denny. I should have refrained from posting on this thread from the get-go. I'll keep my politics to myself in the future.The government claims they want to lower the limit to save lives and protect us from ourselves, but their true agenda has always been zero tolerance and Big Brother controlling yet another aspect of our lives.
This is getting dangerously close to political and I may end up deleting this response, but you;d be hard pressed to prove the bolded part.