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Offline brianbgarber

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Clear Weizen beer?
« on: August 05, 2011, 12:30:58 pm »
Not sure why, but it seems like my weizen beers always turn out clear. Here are the details...

Wheat- Dingemans,  5 lb
Lager Malt-6 Row Briess,  5 lb
Saaz-Pellet, 0.25 oz, 120 min
Perle-Pellet, 0.4 oz, 30 min

Step mash, 133° for 15 min, direct heat to 148° for 20 minutes, finally direct heat up to 155° for 30 minutes. o.g. 1.048, no filtering. After ~ a month or so in the keg, I get perfectly a clear weizen pour, and not much head retention either. Serving temp is about 45°, and I hand wash my beer glasses.

I thought weizens were supposed to be a bit cloudy!!! Thoughts?


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Re: Clear Weizen beer?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011, 12:36:58 pm »
bottle-condition and rouse the yeast before pouring.
Or just call it a Kristalweizen
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Re: Clear Weizen beer?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 12:39:36 pm »
I'd skip the rest at 133 and dough in at 111 for a ferulic acid rest then follow the rest of your schedule. The rest at 133 might be breaking down the proteins to clear up the beer. that said, a lot of the haze in a hefeweizen is from the yeast.

OTOH if you let it sit too long in the keg the yeast will start to drop out. Drink 'em up faster!  ;) Or blow some Co2 up through the dip tube. A lot of breweries store their wheat beer kegs upside down until they are served to keep 'em cloudy.

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Re: Clear Weizen beer?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 12:42:21 pm »
"Drink 'em up faster"! Now that is good advice!!!!

Thanks for the tips!

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Re: Clear Weizen beer?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011, 02:17:21 pm »
I put about a 1/2 teaspoon per keg of cornstarch in the boil with about 5 minutes before flameout.  Just mix with a little cold water (to prevent clumps) and dump in.  The starch haze won't go away.
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Re: Clear Weizen beer?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2011, 02:45:18 pm »
Adding starch? A solution to be sure but the yeast are part of the flavor-profile. Give the keg a little wobble before you serve and that will kick up some yeast. A Cristal beer or Club-Weizen is pretty good though. Very refreshing.

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Offline EHall

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Re: Clear Weizen beer?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2011, 02:53:00 pm »
I found adding some flaked wheat helps too...
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