Here’s an easy double decoction Weizenbock that’s HEAVY on the Laidback SoCal attitude. Features a Honey and Chamomile presence with a rich color that says you just tasted some SoCal attitude. The recipe was pulled from a few ingredient designs on the web and the construct was taken directly from Stephen Snyder’s “The Brew-Master’s Bible” where he promotes and explains the purpose and how-to for Decoction Mashing.
The wheat, honey, and chamomile was the focus for flavor and aroma which turned out to be easy on the pallet, but the attitude is all about the 8.6% ABV which keeps in line with the SoCal +ABV standards. The 2 oz. of Chamomile can be inserted a few different ways according to research on the web, I chose to use a hop sack at the 60 min. boil point. Expect a long maturation, I’m now into it for 3 months and will give it another 3 months, but the tasters are keeping me anxious.
Fermentation was vigorous, I used a primary carboy cap with a 3/8 hose to a water bottle bucket. Primary Fermentation: 5-7 days @ 55°-68° F, Secondary Fermentation: 1-4 weeks @ 40°-45° F.