Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wheat beer / Cherry Wheat

Making my first split batch. The base beer is a German weisse beer. The "split" will be a cherry wheat.

Wheat beer (Weissbier):

3 lbs. wheat extract (60% wheat, 40% barley)
9 oz. malt extract
2 gallons water
1 oz. Hellertau hops (2.8% AA)
boil 1 hour
add another 3 lbs. wheat extract at knockout
add water to make 5 gallons (19 litres)
yeast: Wyeast 3638 (Bavarian Wheat)

I let the batch ferment in a primary fermenter for 12 days. Today, I took 5 lbs of cherries (fresh, then I froze them, then thawed them) and put them into a 3 gallon carbuoy, and added the beer to fill. This will be the cherry wheat. The balance I bottled with 1/2 cup sugar.

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