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Hoppy American Wheat Ale

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My earliest forays into the world of craft beer were likely American Wheat Ales, followed closely by massively hopped IPAs. Last summer, I decided to brew a wheat ale to bring together the two styles. I wanted something crisp with citrusy hop notes – something to enjoy on a warm, sunny day. Given how much I enjoyed the Amarillo/Citra combo in my Wookey Jack clone and the Summer Golden Ale – it was clearly the right choice for the recipe. As usual, my desire to write about beer isn’t quite as strong as my desire to sit around drinking beer – so I never got around to writing a post about it (though, I do have some great photos of it in a Muskoka Brewery Weizen glass). My brief tasting notes at the time were: “Light. Golden Promise shines through. Bit of Amarillo/Citra fruitiness on finish, slight tartness from wheat. Delightfully easy drinker!

As our “winter” transitioned to spring (this is Vancouver after all), I decided that I needed to revisit the recipe… and add more hops! MOAR HOPS! Drawing upon recipes from Bertus Brewery and The Mad Fermentationist, I substantially increased the hops from last year’s recipe. Similar to last batch, all hop additions are after 15 minutes in the boil – employing yet again, the hop burst technique. As Mike described his beer, this is “a real beer-nerd session beer. Layers of hop flavor in a package you could drink a few of.” Exactly what I wanted and exactly what I got, as scrawled in my notes from the first taste of the beer: “Nailed it with this year’s batch. It just got carb’d and it’s great. More IPA than wheat ale, fine by me!” It lasted a few weeks and was my go-to beer when the sun was shining. This has the makings of an annual beer…

Hoppy American Wheat Ale Recipe

Wort Volume Before Boil: 7.00 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 6.10 US gals
Volume Transferred: 6.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 6.00 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.02 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.045 SG
Actual Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.044 SG
Expected OG: 1.052 SG
Actual OG: 1.051
Expected FG: 1.013 SG
Actual FG: 1.010 SG
Expected Efficiency: 60.0 %
Actual Efficiency: 58.1 %
Expected ABV: 5.2 %
Actual ABV: 5.4 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 36.4
Expected Color: 6.5 SRM
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins

Wheat Malt 7.00 lb (48.3 %)
Golden Promise 7.00 lb (48.3 %)
Carastan Malt 0.50 lb (3.4 %)

Amarillo (8.8 % alpha) 28 g Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
Citra (14.1 % alpha) 28 g Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
Citra (14.1 % alpha) 113 g Loose Pellet Hops used At turn off
Amarillo (8.8 % alpha) 57 g Loose Pellet Hops used At turn off
Citra (12.5 % alpha) 70 g Loose Pellet Hops used Dry-Hopped
Amarillo (8.8 % alpha) 23 g Loose Pellet Hops used Dry-Hopped

Other Ingredients
Yeast: DCL US-05
Mashed at 67C/152F


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November 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

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