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01D1. American Wheat Beer

167 calories 16.1 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: American Wheat Beer
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.037 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 167 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 16.1 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday August 21st 2017
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
5 lb American - Pale 2-Row5 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 50%
5 lb American - Wheat5 lb Wheat 38 1.8 50%
10 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.50 oz Amarillo0.5 oz Amarillo Hops Pellet 8.6 Boil 60 min 16.62 50%
0.25 oz Amarillo0.25 oz Amarillo Hops Pellet 8.6 Boil 10 min 3.01 25%
0.25 oz Amarillo0.25 oz Amarillo Hops Pellet 8.6 Boil 5 min 1.66 25%
1 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
1.55 gal Strike Water (Wheat Malt) Temperature 120 °F --
Beta-glucanase Rest (Wheat Malt) Infusion 112 °F 20 min
Protein Rest (Wheat Malt) Temperature 131 °F 15 min
3.1 gal Strike Water Temperature 151 °F --
Amylase Rest (All Grain) Infusion 148 °F 60 min
Mash Out Temperature 170 °F 15 min
3.62 gal Batch Sparge Sparge 170 °F 15 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.75 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
48.64 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
5.84 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
Wyeast - American Wheat 1010
1 Each
Attenuation (custom):
Optimum Temp:
58 - 74 °F
Fermentation Temp:
70 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 197 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 3 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Pilsen (Light Lager)
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
7 3 2 5 5 25
Add 1lb rice hulls to every 5lb of grain to help keep mash temperature evenly distributed.

Wheat Malt:
Beta-glucanase rest @ 97-113 F (20 min)
Followed by Protein Rest @ 122-131F (10 min)
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Overall Impression:
Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins. A clean fermentation character allows bready, doughy, or grainy wheat flavors to be complemented by hop flavor and bitterness rather than yeast qualities.

Low to moderate grainy, bready, or doughy wheat character. A light to moderate malty sweetness is acceptable. Esters can be moderate to none, although should reflect relatively neutral yeast strains; banana is inappropriate. Hop aroma may be low to moderate, and can have a citrusy, spicy, floral, or fruity character. No clove phenols.

Usually pale yellow to gold. Clarity may range from brilliant to hazy with yeast approximating the German weissbier style of beer. Big, long-lasting white head.

Light to moderately-strong bready, doughy, or grainy wheat flavor, which can linger into the finish. May have a moderate malty sweetness or finish quite dry. Low to moderate hop bitterness, which sometimes lasts into the finish. Balance is usually even, but may be slightly bitter. Low to moderate hop flavor (citrusy, spicy, floral, or fruity). Esters can be moderate to none, but should not include banana. No clove phenols. May have a slightly crisp finish.

Medium-light to medium body. Medium-high to high carbonation. Slight creaminess is optional; wheat beers sometimes have a soft, ‘fluffy’ impression.

Different variations exist, from an easy-drinking sweet beer to a dry, aggressively-hopped beer with a strong wheat flavor. American rye beers should be entered in the Alternative Fermentables specialty category.

An American craft beer adaptation of the German weissbier style using a cleaner yeast and more hops, first widely popularized by Widmer in the mid-1980s.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Clean American ale or lager yeast (German weissbier yeast is inappropriate). Large proportion of wheat malt (often 30–50%, which is lower than is typical in German weissbiers). American, German, or New World hops are typical.

Style Comparison:
More hop character and less yeast character than German weissbier. Never with the banana and clove character of German weissbier. Generally, can have the same range and balance as Blonde Ales, but with a wheat character as the primary malt flavor.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.040 – 1.055
FG: 1.008 – 1.013
ABV: 4.0 – 5.5%
IBUs: 15 – 30
SRM: 3 – 6

Commercial Examples:
Bell’s Oberon, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen

standard-strength, pale-color, any-fermentation, north-America, craft-style, wheat-beer-family, balanced

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