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Heffe or not Heffe?
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:16:02 AM »
I just brewed what is supposed to be a Heffeweizen last night, but when I tasted the wort it was much hoppier than you might expect a Heffe to be (delicious none the less). According to my BrewTarget software, it's a Heffe with the exception of bitterness. The IBUs came out to 20, and the "style" calls for 8-15 IBUs. I know IBUs don't have anything to do with flavor, but if I have a hoppy flavor, is it still considered a Heffe? My recipe also calls for another 1.5oz of dry hopping. I'm not very familiar with "styles" and what defines them. Could my beer still be classified as a Heffe?

Quick summary of the recipe:
6 gal batch

7 lb white wheat malt
5 lb Briess - Goldpils Vienna Malt
mashed at 157F for 1 hour

1 hour boil
1 oz Amarillo @ 20 min
1.5 oz Saaz @ 5 min
1.5 oz Amarillo for 7 days in secondary



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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 12:45:39 AM »
Looks like an excellent American Wheat beer. My rule is if it ain't brewed for a competition, brew for you. It's your hobby.
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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 01:13:46 AM »
Definitely not hefe with those hops. What yeast did you use?
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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2017, 01:17:09 AM »
Definitely not hefe with those hops. What yeast did you use?

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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2017, 01:24:48 AM »
Definitely not hefe with those hops. What yeast did you use?

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Ok yeah. You need a hefe yeast for a hefe. Looks like a nice hoppy American wheat or something like Bob said. I don't brew to style that often so I wouldnt worry about it if it's not going in a comp
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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2017, 01:54:12 AM »
Definitely not hefe with those hops. What yeast did you use?

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Ok yeah. You need a hefe yeast for a hefe. Looks like a nice hoppy American wheat or something like Bob said. I don't brew to style that often so I wouldnt worry about it if it's not going in a comp

It's not going into a competition, I was just curious. It seems like it's going to turn out delicious either way.

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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2017, 04:15:48 PM »
Sounds like an American Wheat (without checking any guidelines).

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Re: Heffe or not Heffe?
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2017, 04:19:59 PM »
Sounds like an American Wheat (without checking any guidelines).


Yeah, fairly similar to Gumball Head (a classic American Wheat). Especially using a neutral strain, I'd definitely call it American Wheat over a Hefeweizen.
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