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Wheat and Maize Grain Bill
« on: July 10, 2012, 11:13:10 AM »
Long unimportant story as to why, but on Sunday I mashed with a 50/50 mix of malted wheat/flaked maize. Hopped to 17 IBU with Willamette and added some simple sugar at the end of the boil. It’s now fermenting nicely with a clean ale yeast. The brewday was done for testing some new equipment, but what do you think this beer will be like? I can't find any information on a grain bill like this.

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Re: Wheat and Maize Grain Bill
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 12:06:46 PM »
kinda bland I would think but who knows. maize doesn't add much and wheat all by itself is pretty neutral. How did the sparge go? that's gotta be a sticky one!
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Re: Wheat and Maize Grain Bill
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 12:12:00 PM »
How long did you mash?  Did you do an iodine test?  With no barley I'd expect trouble getting full conversion.  Does that mean low alcohol with lots of body?
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Re: Wheat and Maize Grain Bill
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 12:21:52 PM »
I used white wheat. It's got a pretty high diastatic power. Had no problem with conversion. Mashed low and still got 80% efficiency. Actually was only planning on 75%, so it'll be a little bigger than planned. Fermenting at a low temperature to keep it clean. At first I was thinking it'd be something like a Cream Ale, but most of the recipes I see use pilsner and less corn. It might end up closer to a real basic American Wheat if the wheat is the only flavor contributer.

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Re: Wheat and Maize Grain Bill
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 12:26:58 PM »
How did the sparge go? that's gotta be a sticky one!
I was really worried about this. I did a decoction mash-out and had trouble getting the thin wort to come through a strainer. Suprisingly the lauter went fine.

Must have helped that the first thing that went into the tun was a pound of rice hulls.  ;)