American Wheat

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  1. Jgarb86

    Jgarb86 New Member

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    Thoughts on a “honey lemon” wheat beer? Going to brew tomorrow and looking for any suggestions. Most concerned on the honey malt. I’ve read a lot that some use a little and say its overpowering and some use a lot and it’s just fine.

    2.5 pounds 2 row 52%
    2 pounds white wheat 42%
    .3 pounds honey malt 6%
    single infusion mash at 152
    .2 oz Motueka 60 min
    .3 oz Motueka 15 min
    .5 oz lemon drop 5 min
    .5 oz Lemon drop and .3 oz Motueka at whirlpool

    US 05 yeast
    1.052 sg
    1.010 fg
    34.66 IBU
     
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    Craigerrr Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, haven't brewed such a beer, can't offer much help. Having said that the grist seems reasonably balanced to me. There are some here that may have more helpful input.
     
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    While the honey malt addition wouldn't be my thing, I completely get why you are doing it. I can't help with that honey malt addition other than to say if you add too much, there is no taking it out. Otherwise, I like the recipe a lot. I use Lemondrop and Mouteka in my AW as well. Tastes great with a slice of lime.
     
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    Add some rice hulls to keep the mash from getting stuck.

    US05 gives it a more ale-like character, you probably want that, but run it a bit warmer to get some of the wheat character. Or use a hefeweitzen yeast, run it cooler to keep it from being a hefeweitzen. Or not! :D
     
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    I like honey malt but I would still keep it under 5% for a beer like this. Also I would consider dropping the ibus and possibly adding some lemon zest.
     
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    Honestly, you can just get rid of the bittering addition.
    I target 15-20 IBU's.
    That lets the sweetness of the wheat malt shine through and really reduces the need for the honey malt.
    As much as I like honey malt, use it carefully.
    Also, the rice hull suggestion is a good idea, but it just depends on the mash tun set up you have.
    Good luck!
    Brian
     

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