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Whisky Wife Wit

Brewed: 01/29/2011   Kegged: 02/12/2010 whiskywifeII.JPG

Well, 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 was to start moving away from Mr. Beer ingredients.  One thing I did was to make WWW both with Mr. Beer and with a completely non-Mr. Beer formulation.  The idea was to see which one the beer model preferred.  The non-Mr. Beer recipe won easily. 

The second batch I made of this was for 5 gallons (well... actually split between 2 fermenters, more like 4.8).  The cost is about the same as half batch size using the Mr. Beer ingredients.  It is very good that this was the preferred recipe.

Batch 3, I finally decided to go with an all-grain version of the witbier.

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In case you're worried about the name "Whisky Wife", the beer has nothing in it that tastes like whiskey.  Do you remember the song "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba?  It was pretty popular pretty early in our marriage.  Part of it goes:
He drinks a whisky drink
He drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink
He drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him Of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him Of the better times
I would quite often change the words to:
He has a whisky wife
He has a vodka wife
He has a lager wife
He has a cider wife
And sometimes when I needed a term-of-endearment for my bride, I would use "Whisky Wife".  As in "Hey, Whisky Wife, get me a beer!  NOW!"  I don't use that one as much as I used to.  I should start again.  Don't you think?

Whisky Wife Wit --- Batch 3

Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.050 SG
Estimated FG
1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness
15.6 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.0 %

Recipe Color
3.8 SRM

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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 50.0 %
3 lbs Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 30.0 %
2 lbs Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 3 20.0 %
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 4 15.6 IBUs
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 5 -
2.00 oz Orange Zest (Boil 5.0 mins) Flavor 6 -
0.75 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 7 -
1.000 oz Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 8 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Belgian Witbier (harvested) (Wyeast Labs #3944) [125.00 ml] Yeast 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.95gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water Recipe Notes
Note: 5 medium navel oranges zested came to 2 1/8 oz on 1/29/11

Brewing Record

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Pre-boil OG
(1.041 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
(7.76 gal)
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