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Beer Recipes / Re: Drunkey Monkey
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:23:03 PM »
Thanks again, folks.  What a huge help!  I've adjusted this recipe quite a bit for my first go around - please have a look and let me know if i'm getting closer:

3 lbs - Wheat LME
3 lbs - Extra Light DME
4 oz - Honey Malt (steeped)
2 oz - Hallertauer Hops (60 min)
Wyeast 3068 @ high 60 degrees (68-70)
**Will add mashed bananas to secondary ONLY if needed

This recipe seems very simple - easier than I thought it would be but, after reading all of your replies, I think this will get me to where I want to be.

Two things - I kept the 3/3 lb split because if I just use wheat it ends up dropping my gravity below the "green" in BeerSmith.  Having the 3/3 split keeps me in the middle, where I'd like to be.  Also - I removed all of the additional ingredients except for the banana if I'm not getting enough banana after primary.  I added some honey malt (4 ounces) just to give me a bit of honey to taste.  Wife and I thought that might taste good.

Does this look a little better?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Drunkey Monkey
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:43:36 PM »
great feedback - thank you very much.  i think i may scrap most of the additions, but may add cinnamon to the end of the boil and bananas to the secondary, just to see what happens.  i'll stick with the banana-y 3068 yeast.  also - i've read that you'll get more of a banana/clove taste at a higher temp with this yeast.  is that not the case?

one other thing - how do you guys feel about the idea of adding honey malt to this recipe?  i'm just trying to make it a little more exciting than simple, but simple may be the way to go.  again, i'm a noob - i apologize if i'm thinking too far out of the box (or have wandered out of the box altogether).

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Beer Recipes / Re: Drunkey Monkey
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:43:02 AM »
ummm ... thanks, zimaclone?  lol

majorvices - just about everyone has told me i have a little too much going on here.  i will definitely remove the carapils.  i've seen others add their spices to the boil instead of the secondary for holiday beers and the like.  would that assist with taking out a bit of the sweet "bite" i may get from this brew?

i'm brewing this one for the SWMBO.  she wants a wheat beer with a banana flavor.  would it be as simple as brewing a basic wheat and using the yeast i've chosen, which is supposed to give off a banana aroma and taste?  do i need the other spices?  like i said, most people are telling me there's too much going on, but i'm not getting a whole lot of other suggestions.  i just want to make sure i don't waste money on something that won't be drinkable.

i really appreciate your help, truly!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Honey Hefey
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:39:02 AM »
Thanks for the feedback guys - with that info, I'm going to adjust my recipe a bit.  I'll let you know how this turns out!

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Beer Recipes / Honey Hefey
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:29:40 PM »
I'm still new to this and only have one batch under my belt (2 more on their way!) I'm brewing my first 2 from kits, my third will be my first recipe. It's between a banana wheat or this, a honey hef. I've built it in BeerSmith2. Please let me know what you think - I'm in need of help!

HONEY HEF

INGREDIENTS
3 lbs - Extra Light DME
3 lbs - Wheat LME
4 oz - Honey malt (steeped)
1.5 oz - Saaz hops (60 min)
.5 oz - Saaz hops (5 min)
4 oz - Honey (flame out)
WLP380 (hefeweizen ale liquid yeast from White Labs)

Possibly racking on top of orange zest in secondary, even though I'm told this would make the beer a Witbier and not a Hef.

TARGET STATS
OG - 1.050
FG - 1.011
IBU - 19.5
SRM - 6.2
ABV - 5.1%

Have at it - please!

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Beer Recipes / Drunkey Monkey
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:17:56 PM »
Hi all - I'm new to the board.  I'm still new to home brewing and only have one batch under my belt (2 more on their way!) I'm brewing my first 2 from kits, my third will be my first recipe. It's between a honey hefey or this, a banana wheat. I've built it in BeerSmith2. Please let me know what you think - I'm in need of help!

DRUNKEY MONKEY

INGREDIENTS
3 lbs - Extra Light DME
3 lbs - Wheat LME
1 lb - Carapils
2 oz - Hallertauer (60 min)
A few cinnamon sticks (flame out or final 5?)
Orange peel (5 oranges - flame out or final 5?)
WL3068 (weizen liquid yeast from Wyeast)

Planning to add bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to secondary.

TARGET STATS (before secondary additions)
OG - 1.049
FG - 1.012
IBU - 22
SRM - 5.7
ABV - 4.8%

Have at it - please!

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