Pints for Prostates

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Beer #2: Bavarian Hefeweizen

On Tuesday (November 1st), we started brewing Beer #2, a Bavarian Hefeweizen, as soon as I got home from work.

Earlier in the afternoon Kim "smacked" the Wyeast yeast pack to release nutrients for the yeast to feed on. The package inflates to show that the yeast is healthy and active.
Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Wheat
I used the Bavarian Hefeweizen extract kit from Northern Brewer. The kit cost $28.75. I ordered a second extract kit at the same time to lower overall shipping charges.

The recipe for the Bavarian Hefeweizen is the following:
  • 6 lbs Wheat malt syrup (additions at 60 and 15 min)
  • 1 lbs Wheat dry malt extract (at 15 min)
  • 1 oz Tettnang hops (60 min)
  • Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Wheat yeast

Boiling Wort
The total brew process went smoothly and took a little less time than our first batch. I didn't make any of the potential errors I made during Beer #1. We recorded an original gravity of 1.049.

The fermentation bucket started bubbling within 12 hours and had a scent of bananas. This beer only ferments for two weeks. In the meantime, I'm trying to get enough bottles.

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