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Planning my second batch on your suggestion. -- Vanilla Hefeweizen?

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In The Sand:
If you like IPA's too, Northern Brewer has a good India Pale Weizen kit. I brewed an all-grain version that was so tasty it was gone in a week.

erockrph:
If you're trying for a vanilla hefe, I would highly recommend Wyeast 3638 (Bavarian Wheat) for your yeast. It gives vanilla and other sweet spice notes that will really compliment the vanilla bean addition well. My best results have been with one pack (no starter) in 5 gallons of 1.050ish wort, fermented at 65-66F.

brewmanator:
Funny.  I did a hefeweizen with my second batch as well.  I can remember tasting it and thinking at the time it was one of the worst beers I'd ever had.  It tasted like banana bread with some clove mixed in.  For years I would tell people what failure that beer was, not knowing that it was probably pretty true to style.  I had never had a German Weizen beer at that point, so I thought I was making a Pyramid or Widmer hefeweizen clone.  ;D

Good luck with the second batch, I recommend not going too crazy with the extra ingredients so that you can nail down your process for future brews.

rjharper:

--- Quote from: brewmanator on January 17, 2013, 12:38:57 PM ---Funny.  I did a hefeweizen with my second batch as well.  I can remember tasting it and thinking at the time it was one of the worst beers I'd ever had.  It tasted like banana bread with some clove mixed in.  For years I would tell people what failure that beer was, not knowing that it was probably pretty true to style.  I had never had a German Weizen beer at that point, so I thought I was making a Pyramid or Widmer hefeweizen clone.  ;D

Good luck with the second batch, I recommend not going too crazy with the extra ingredients so that you can nail down your process for future brews.

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I hear ya! My first batch was an Arrogant Bastard clone, and I remember thinking at the time, this isn't very pale, and man the hops are overpowering.  In hindsight, it probably was spot on... :)

alcaponejunior:

--- Quote from: erockrph on January 17, 2013, 12:12:02 PM ---If you're trying for a vanilla hefe, I would highly recommend Wyeast 3638 (Bavarian Wheat) for your yeast. It gives vanilla and other sweet spice notes that will really compliment the vanilla bean addition well. My best results have been with one pack (no starter) in 5 gallons of 1.050ish wort, fermented at 65-66F.

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well I made elderberry wheat with 3638, and it came out great!  I'm about to make the same beer again, all grain, same yeast, similar parameters.  The first batch was just liquid wheat extract and hallertau (plus the berries, obviously), and I was amazed at how good it came out.

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