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Honey Wheat Ale


I decided to try my hand at making a honey wheat ale, and it was definitely a success. These disappeared way too fast. Two things I'd change: yeast and mash schedule. While it was subtle, I could detect faint hints of diacetyl — despite doing a very long "rest" at the end of fermentation. This strain is notorious for that.
I also would urge everyone to avoid a protein rest — ruined the head retention and probably contributed to the beer being a bit less cloudy than you normally would want a wheat ale to be. Luckily it was sediment-free and easy to drink out of bottles (so you didn't have to see the ugly headless beer).

.rec file

Anticipated OG:   	1.057
Anticipated SRM: 	11.7 (		)
Anticipated IBU: 	23.7

Brew date:
Actual OG:		1.067
Days in primary:	35 days
Days in secondary:	[none]
Final gravity:		1.009

% 	Amount 		Name 			Origin 		Potential 	SRM
36.8 	4.00 lbs.  	Pale Malt(2-row) 	America 	1.036	 	2
27.6 	3.00 lbs.  	Wheat Malt 		America 	1.038	 	2
13.8 	1.50 lbs.  	Honey Malt 		Canada 		1.030	 	18
9.2 	1.00 lbs.  	Crystal 60L 		America 	1.034	 	60
12.6 	1.38 lbs.  	Clover Honey 		Generic 	1.035	 	0

Amount 		Name 		Form 	Alpha 	IBU 	Boil Time
0.25 oz.  	Zeus 		Whole 	16.40 	15.9 	45 min
0.50 oz.  	Mt. Hood 	Whole 	5.10 	2.9 	15 min
0.50 oz.  	Mt. Hood 	Whole 	5.10 	1.8 	5 min
0.25 oz.  	Zeus 		Whole 	16.40 	3.0 	5 min

WYeast 1187 Ringwood Ale

While I did a protein rest at 122F for about 10 minutes, I do not recommend doing so.  
Add the honey at the end of the boil (immediately after flameout) to preserve as much of 
the flavor as possible.

Prime with about 4oz table sugar per 5 gallons (see brew log for information about how I
diluted this beer).

Brewer's log (view full log)
I guess I never posted a final analysis of the beer—right now there are only 2-3 bottles left, so I'd say it's about as final as can be.   The good. . . . . [view full post]
Finally bottled the Honey Wheat today! It smelled great and had a noticeable (but not overpowering) honey taste, though it's always hard to gauge the flavors a. . . . . [view full post]
Just took FG measurement — made it down to 1.011! That's 7.4% ABV before I water it down for bottling (planning to add about a gallon of water with the p. . . . . [view full post]
Fermentation looks to have pretty much finished up for this one, but I'll probably let it rest until at least this weekend before I take FG measurement to be s. . . . . [view full post]
I probably should have chosen a different yeast for this beer, since I have a lot of trouble keeping my apartment cooler than about 72°F (and this yeast is . . . . . [view full post]
The Honey Wheat is now in its primary! I tweaked the recipe slightly, but ended up doing pretty much what I'd planned. The OG was way higher than I expected... . . . . [view full post]
I'll be brewing this one soon, I hope. The idea is to have a true wheat beer that's a little more rich in flavor and color than your average wheat ale (but not. . . . . [view full post]


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