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.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Story on Belgian Beer

If you could only drink the beers from one country for the rest of your life, it would be hard to argue against picking Belgium. The festival in Grande Place (which I think is one of the great squares of Europe) sounds fantastic!