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Whisky Wife Wheat

Brewed: 07/15/2010   Kegged: 07/27/2010

whiskywife.JPGWell, my hot brewing model liked Whisky Wife Wheat, but I really think that hefes are not really a style of beer that interests her as much as Belgium Wit beers.  She likes her Shock Top and Blue Moons, and my Whisky Wife Wheat should really be more along those lines.... lighter with less of that hefe clove / banana taste and more citrusy orange taste.

At the same time, one of my intentions in 2010 is to start moving away from Mr. Beer ingredients.  One thing I am doing (since I still have Mr. Beer ingredients) is making WWW both with Mr. Beer and with a completely non-Mr. Beer formulation.  We'll see which one the beer model prefers.

This beer is a Mr. Beer formulation, different than it was before.  It has a lot of orange and lemon peel flavors, but no oat to thicken it up or smooth it out like WWWII.  Not sure what I am trying to do with this beer.

Whisky Wife Wheat I --- cost $20.07

Style Witbier Batch Size 2.13 gal
Type Extract Boil Size   1.01 gal

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.050 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 19.6 IBU (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.84 %
BU : GU   0.396        
Recipe Color 5.3 SRM
Measured OG:    1.051   Measured FG:    1.014
ADF:    72.5%   Measured ABV:    4.82%


Amount Item Type % or IBU
1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Golden Wheat UME (5.0 SRM) Extract 41.44 %
1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Whispering Wheat HME (5.0 SRM) Extract 41.44 %
8.0 oz Briess Wheat LME (3.0 SRM) Extract 17.12 %
0.13 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (15 min) Hops 1.7 IBU
0.25 oz Lemon Zest (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.25 oz Lime Zest (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.32 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.00 oz Oranage Zest (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Belgian Witbier (harvested) (Wyeast Labs #3944) [Starter 125 ml] Yeast-Wheat

Mash Profile

Recipe Notes
Batch prime with 4oz of honey.
Brewing Notes:
07/15/2010 Brewing Day esheppy
Squeezed the lemon and lime into the wort. Left a bunch of the peal in the cold break. Forgot that I did not want to put hops in until 15, so ended up just doing the 15 minute boil. Yeast starter was pretty big compared to the volume of wort. Started off a bit warm (about 72). I'll just let it cool with ice overnight and then never change that out.
07/16/2010 esheppy
Cooled down nicely to around 63. Nice activity, so I changed out the ice bottle. Let temp rise from here.
Tasted a little sample. Actually tasted real good, pretty clean for the kind of yeast I used. Also, "dry hopped" another orange peal and 2 small lemons zested. Not sure why. We'll have to see how it turns out.
Bottled up with 4oz honey in 2 cups water. Got 20 12 oz and 2 liter bottles. Sample tastes like maybe I overdid it on the orange and lemon peal, but we'll let it condition awhile and see how it goes. Certainly none of the Belgium beer taste that I hate to get too much of.
08/06/2010 esheppy
Opened one that just went all over. Too much carb I guess. Tasted too much like orange peel. Put as many as possible in beer fridges. The rest in the conditioning cooler. Need to get rid of these.
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