Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hefeweizen Brewday

The goal for this beer was a light and easy drinking summer beer, hence the low OG; I am planning on running through a couple of quick batches of hefeweizen to give myself some smooth summer sippin’ for the warm months ahead. Ah, summertime...

68. Hefeweizen
1 lb. Breiss White Wheat
10 oz. German Pilsner
6 oz. Fawcett Halcyon Pale

Mashed @ 155° F for 60 minutes; batch sparged grain bag in one gallon 170° F water for 10 minutes

Added fluid to brew kettle and brought to a boil (60 minutes) and added:
4 lbs. Alexander’s Wheat Liquid Malt Extract
1 oz. German Hallertauer leaf 4.1% AA

Cooled wort, racked to bucket, and added Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen smack pack

Brewed: 4/8/2010 @ 62° F
Secondary: 4/14/2010; @ 1.014
Bottled: 4/25/2010 with 8.5 oz. Bavarian Wheat DME

OG: 1.034
FG: 1.012

Tasting Notes: The goal for this beer was a light and easy drinking summer beer, and I think it pretty much fits the bill. Color is gold with the initial pour, followed by some slight cloudiness once the yeast is stirred up (I pulled an old Sierra Nevada 24 oz. size bottle, so I didn’t get much yeast on the front end). The head is a creamy white with small amounts of lacing, and the nose is a grainy wheat mixed with low levels of banana and clove, as well as possibly some other light fruitiness. Flavors open with a soft malty banana sweetness that is bright before giving way to a light breadiness in the middle mixed with small amount of spicy clove phenols and a light mineral flavor that comes with the rise of carbonation in the final third. The end has a touch of sweetness, but finishes relatively clean. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with brightness from the carbonation; the body is medium to light, and the carbonation is almost effervescent, making it a bit bright for the beer. Nonetheless, still refreshing. Nothing really exciting to make this beer stand out, but both quaffable and quenching—which was the goal—and just right for afternoons working on the yard.

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