Smoked American Wheat

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Okay, let’s try this again. Last year I brewed a traditional Grodziskie and it ended up being the only batch to date that I’ve dumped. The low gravity and smoked wheat malt combined with it being really a bitter brew and was something I just couldn’t drink. I read that it was a pretty high IBU beer for the starting gravity, but mine probably was more bitter than what was traditionally brewed. In the end that beer didn’t work out but I wanted to take another stab at a beer in the same vein. Since summer is right around the corner here in the Northwest I thought this would be a good one to have on tap. This beer is a big departure from the traditional Grodziskie, but having learned some lessons I think this versions is going to be much more approachable than the last attempt. Alright, enough rambling on, here’s the recipe.

OG: 1.048
FG: 1.010
ABV: 4.9%
Mash: 152

Added: 1.8g Gypsum & 1.4g CaCl to Mash and 2.1g Gypsum & 1.7g CaCl to Sparge water

Water Profile:

Ca: 62.1
Mg: 0.6
Na: 8.3
So4: 76.7
Cl: 60.0
BiCarbonate: 9.7
Mash PH: 5.4

Carboy

21.7% Oak Smoked Wheat Malt
19.6% White Wheat Malt
26.1% 2-Row Malt
21.7% Rauch Malt
10.9% Flaked Wheat

1.5 oz Saaz (3.5%) 60 min.
1.25 oz Saaz (3.5%) 15 min.
1.00 oz Sterling (5%) 5 min.
1.5 oz Saaz (3.5%) 0 min.
1.0 oz Sterling (5%) Dry Hop
1.5 oz Saaz (3.5%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1010 – American Wheat Ale

1.25l starter made 35 hrs prior to pitching. Yeast viability 87%. Slight over-pitch to in hopes of drying out the beer a little more. Active fermentation began within 4 hours of pitching.

Fermented out nicely, w/ temps being 64/65 the first 2 weeks and 70 the last week.  Dry hopped 5 days w/ a cold crash for 2 days at 40 deg.

Gravity sample tasted very clean w/ a solid bitterness and a really clean grainy character.  Smoked flavors tucked away in the background, but they can be picked out if you were looking for them.

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Tasting Notes – 7.16.13

Appearance:  Thick white head, pale yellow thats a little hazy.

Aroma:  Subtle smoke aroma, little pit of pine.

Taste:  Crisp, little bit of bitterness up front with some graininess.  Faint subtle smoke flavors come next, but tucked away in the background.  Finishes with a little bit of spicy bitterness that hangs of the tongue.  Some citrus hop flavors can also be picked out.

Mouthfeel:  Medium mouthfeel with a crispy & dry finish.

Overall: A much closer effort than last time on this beer.  I wish the smoke flavors came out a bit more, mostly noticeable in the aroma.  It is a pretty easy to drink summer beer and a nice spin on a normal american wheat.  This beer pairs really well with food, especially grilled meats or veggies or cuisine that has a little spice to it. All and all a nice, drinkable pint under 5%.  Cheers!

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