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Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« on: July 30, 2011, 08:11:02 AM »
I have a bunch of malted wheat. I was wondering if there are any opinions on this hybrid of sorts.

5lbs Malted Wheat
5lbs Munich
1lb Dark Munich
1/2 lb Caramunich 60
1 oz Sterling hops 60 minute boil
US-05 yeast

I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I would just like to use some of the wheat malt I have. This recipe came from a NB kit but I am subbing wheat for the pilsner malt. I do like dark wheat beers btw.

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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011, 08:12:40 AM »
looks fine, but why not just use WL380 and make dunkleweiss? that's what the grist is...
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 08:38:03 AM »
Interesting idea. I chose the yeast as I wanted the flavor of the malts to shine through.
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 12:24:08 PM »
Can we all, please, agree that it's acceptable to brew something this time of year without calling it an Oktoberfest? Please?

Haha! Just kidding! I'm off to mash in on my Imperial Rye Oktoberfest, fermented with Chimay yeast and dry-hopped with Citra.
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2011, 07:50:44 AM »
Chimay yeast would actually make an excellent weissbier. I use it for my Belgian White which in a lot of ways is really like a Belgian Hefeweizen.

I think you should use a german wheat beer yeast rather than US-05. A "fest" style hefeweizen can be "just the thing".
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011, 08:20:58 AM »
After doing some reading I have discovered what I have here is a dunkelwiezen.
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 08:26:20 AM »
umm, don't say I didn't tell you... :D
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 03:20:43 PM »
After doing some reading I have discovered what I have here is a dunkelwiezen.

Not with US-05 your not.
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2011, 07:10:24 PM »
What is chimay yeast.
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2011, 07:28:12 PM »
How would Safbrew WB06 be for this beer? And would I have to do a starter with WP 380?
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2011, 07:42:41 PM »
How would Safbrew WB06 be for this beer?

WB06 should certainly make it more like a dunkelweizen than US-05.  Danstar Munich Wheat is another dry one you might try.

And would I have to do a starter with WP 380?

Generally, you should make a starter with any liquid yeast, WLP380 included (and my favorite for these, WY3068)
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2011, 08:17:09 PM »
Next question is should I mash at a high or low temp. I like a good malty flavor so I am thinking around 155?
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2011, 05:18:01 AM »
Next question is should I mash at a high or low temp. I like a good malty flavor so I am thinking around 155?

that would be good.  SN reportedly does Kellerweiss single infusion in the high 150s and that has a nice malt balance to it.
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Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2011, 06:05:36 AM »
What is chimay yeast.

WLP500, but I would recommend a good wheat beer yeast just to be safe. WLP300 is what I normally use for dunkelweiss. It has a nice banana balance. I'll admit I am not a fan of WB06. Too tart for my tastes. That said, I would consider trying it again, maybe warmer temps to see if I like it better.
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