A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier). Expect unique flavours of banana and cloves, you also may taste fruit, banana, clove and vanilla flavors. This traditional German hefeweizens remains true to form and has minimal hop flavour.
20 Litre Batch
Grainfather – All Grain
Est. ABV: 5.3%
Est. IBU’s: 16
Est. SG: 1.051
Est. FG: 1.010
MALTS FOR THE MASH:
1.25 kg German Pilsner
2.5 kg Wheat
Add 15 litres of water to your Grainfather and insert inner basket, heat to 71°C. Add grain and stir well. Set temperature to 66°C, attach recirculation arm and recirculate for 60mins. Raise to 75°C and rest for 20 minutes. Raise basket and sparge with 13.5 litres of 75°C water to make a pre-boil volume of approximately 26 litres.
HOPS FOR THE BOIL (60 minute total):
40g Hersbrucker (2.5% AA) (60min boil)
1tsp Irish Moss/Whirlfloc (10min boil)
20g Hersbrucker (2.5% AA) (10min boil)
Attach counter-flow chiller and chill wort. Aerate well and start fermentation as close as possible to 22°C, preferably with Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan, Safale WB-06, or Mangrove Jack’s M20 Bavarian Wheat yeast.
Tips for temperature control:
-Use the chilled water to reach a satisfactory temperature and add yeast immediately.
-Maintain a cool even temperature in the fermenter.
-Place the fermenter in a tray and wrap it in a blanket with an end in a container of water.
-Placing the fermenter on a concrete slab can also help to keep the temperature constant.
–Use a Brewing Thermostat and a fridge for optimum brewing conditions all year round.
Equipment needed for mead making:
– 4 Litre Pot
– Medium Funnel
– 2 x 5L Demijohns
– Bored Bung
– Solid Bung
-To make oak spirit use a 4-5 Litre wide neck glass jar, use around 200-300g of oak blocks or chips and 1 litre of vodka/neutral spirit. Soak for at least 14 days but the flavour intensifies the longer you leave the oak soaking. When ready, strain the oak out by passing it through filter wool in a funnel.