Summer’s here so it’s time to get some light and refreshing beers on tap. Looking at the kegerator, I have 3 beers all around 6% in strength, so some smaller beers are in need. This is the 2nd time I’ve brewed a Wit and the 1st one turned out pretty good. I made a few minor tweaks from the 1st edition, but kept with a traditional recipe. I sourced some fresher citrus instead of the bitter orange peel from last time (which I wasn’t a huge fan of).
Mash: 122 (15 min), 154 (45 min)
Added: 2.5g Gypsum, 2.2g CaCl to Mash and 1.8g Gypsum & 1.6g CaCl to Sparge water
Mash pH: 5.4
45.8% Pils Malt
41.7% Flaked Wheat
10.4% Flaked Oats
2.1% Acid Malt
1.0 oz Hallertau (4.2%) 60 min.
1.5 oz Fresh Citrus Zest* 5 min.
14g Crushed Coriander 5 min.
5g Chamomile 5 min.
Wyeast 3944 – Belgian Wit
The zest of one orange, grapefruit and a lemon were added in the last five minutes. The aroma this yielded was huge and I think its going to give a much better result than last time. Made a 1 liter starter and fermentation started in about 4 hours. Yeast was pitched at 74 and temp was brought down to 68 and has been held there for a day. I’m going to let this free rise until complete.
This stain appeared to ferment a little slower (active, just a slower rate of fermentation) than some other stains and I did a little research into why. It seem that such a large Krausen gets formed and a lot of yeast is up there and not actually fermenting the beer. I started to swirl the carboy once or twice a day and that seems to speed things along. The Krausen did reform almost every time swirled the carboy but finally dropped about 12 days in and thats when I kegged it. I got this one out of primary a little quicker than normal since wheat beers seem to taste the best young and wanted to get the full flavors of the spice additions.
Kegged on 7.11, Finished at 1.012
Tasting Notes – 8.8.14
Appearance: Cloudy, milky with a frothy head that fades away after a few minutes.
Aroma: Strong notes of citrus followed by a little bit of yeast ester aroma mixed in with some earthiness of the chamomile. Really fresh and inviting.
Taste: Citrus flavor is greets the palate initially. The other spices come in and are blended nicely, but definitely pick up a fruity/earthy character. Some creaminess from the wheat is an underlying flavor as well followed by a restrained ester profile. Real easy to drink.
Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation. More carbonation would serve this beer better.
Overall: I like how this beer turned out. The spice additions are very complementary and don’t dominate or seem overbearing. I do wish there was a bigger ester profile as its pretty subdued. Its a really nice pint that drinks well with the summer heat.
**Reviewed was a bottled sample, not from the keg. In the keg this beer cleared up way too much and pours crystal clear. I swirled the yeast in the bottle to obtain the appearance described above.