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I have my first self-designed brew in the fermenter - been there 7 days tonight. I picked-up a six-pack of Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefe's and both are great, so I knew what my first brew had to be. Here's what I used:

Batch size - 2.125 gallons
Boil size - 1 gallon water plus LME
3.3 lbs. Midwest bulk Breiss Wheat LME (65%/35%)
.25 oz. Hallertau pellet 3.8 - 1 hour
Wyeast 3068 (I used 2.1 oz. (weight))

The calculator predicts this to be:
OG 1.053
FG 1.013
IBU 11
ABV 5.2 %

Very basic, but from what I can read on the style, it's supposed to be. It has been fermenting at exactly 67.8 degrees F. I don't have a hydrometer yet, but it's still bubbling the airlock about every 10-15 seconds. I plan to carbonate to 3.5 to be safe since I am bottling it. I also have a tip on a used kegerator and hopefully in the future will be able to move to 5 gallon batches and keg it!

Comments are welcome - I'm here to learn........

Did you pitch a whole smack pack?  Did you make a starter and weigh that?  I'm not sure what you mean by 2.1 oz of yeast.

That's about half the smack-pack. I did not do a starter, I just smacked the pack, let it swell, and pitched what looked like about half and weighed as a went so that I can duplicate the batch if I like it. I don't know the weight of the packaging, so I was just guessing on what was about half. I put the open package in a zip-lock bag and put it back in the refrigerator for another day.

For future reference, the full smack pack is about the right amount of yeast for 2 gallons of ale. Sounds like you're doing everything else right though!

Looks good so far. I'd personally like to see the fermentation temp a little lower - 62-64 makes the best hefeweizen IMO. If you are really interested in the style pick up Eric Warner's Book "German Wheat Beers". Also, Stan Hieronymus has a book coming out this months called :Brewing with Wheat" - I already have it pre-ordered.


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