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Monday, April 4, 2011

Hefeweizen Round 2 4/3/2011

Tim and I brewed this beer after the Imperial Stout finished, while Lee took the afternoon off to nap. Our last hefeweizen was such a success we decided to go for round two. If you didn't get to try the first round, you're not alone; we didn't really want to share.

At Angry Monocle we're always trying to innovate, and this beer is no exception. The Western Wheat as I have just decided to call it, is a german style hefeweizen dry-hopped with Amarillo, currently our favorite hop. For this brew we decided to take the recipe from the previous hefeweizen and up the malt and add in some american hops. Our aim is to make a beer that's got a good balance of body and sweetness with a fruity kick from the yeast and pungency from the dry-hopping. Its gonna be interesting to see how the fruitiness of the Weihenstephan mingles with the fruitiness of Armarillo hops.

Batch size: 5 gallons
Boil Volume: 3 gallons
Calculated OG: 1.062
Estimated FG: 1.015
Calculated ABV: 6.3%
Calculated IBUs (Tinseth): ??
Yeast: Weihenstephan Smack pack
Fermentation vessel: Better Bottle Carboy

10 lbs wheat LME (40% wheat)

1 oz Hallertau 4.3% AA at 60 minutes
0.25 oz Amarillo 9.3% AA at 60 minutes
0.75 oz Amarillo 9.3% AA dry-hop

The boil went without a hitch. As usual, we added half the LME at the start, and this time the other half went in at 15. We added it earlier than usual as previous batches had been held up by adding the LME too close to the end. This was also the first batch we remembered to add yeast nutrient (.5 tsp at 10 min). Crunched on time, we opted to pitch right from the smack pack this time, which swelled up like a bag of Lay's on a cross-country flight.

The only possible trouble could result from infection. The outside of the funnel wasn't santized, and the foam billowed out as the fermentor was filled, contacting the funnel. I don't think this should cause much of a problem, but we'll see! Right now the airlock is bubbling away nicely.

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