Spring Wheat Beer

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Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:40 am

I can't believe I'm the first to post in this section, is everyone else just polishing their shiny thing and not brewing?!?

So this is my third attempt at a Wheat beer, the previous two attempts haven't really gone to plan for one reason or another, but they both turned out very enjoyable. This time I'm trying a single decoction. I'm also going to try the fast ferment test along the way.

To save time I heated the water to 45 C and held overnight so I could mash-in as soon as I crawled out of bed :D

The brew day went well, all targets hit, a couple of points higher on the SG, but that's acceptable and my mash pH was slightly out, but by not too far, looking forward to sampling this when ready :drink:

Here's the detail:

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Liquor treatment

Alk   Baseline  250ppm   Target   30ppm
Ca               78ppm           180ppm
Cl               18ppm           250ppm
SO4              13ppm           220ppm

70ml CRS all liquor treated
4g DWB in the mash for brew length 40L
11g Calcium Chloride Flake in the mash for brew length 40L

pH After treatment 5.28
pH Mash 5.7 (unfortunately no Lactic Acid in stock to bring this down further)

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size:              48.58 l
Post Boil Volume:       41.08 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 39.00 l   
Bottling Volume:        36.00 l
Estimated OG:           1.045 SG
Estimated Color:          3.2 SRM
Estimated IBU:           14.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency:   76.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency:    77.00 %
Boil Time:                 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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5.00 kg               Wheat Malt, Dingemanns (2.0 SRM)        69.4 %       
2.20 kg               Pilsner  Dingemanns (2 Row) (2.0 SRM)   30.6 %       
500 g oat hulls I had lying around just for good measure and no-stick mash
50.00 g               Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 90.0 min     
2.0 pkg               Safbrew Wheat (DCL/Fermentis #WB-06         

Mash Schedule:
Total Grain Weight: 7.20 kg
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Strike @ 45 with 53L
Ferulic Acid/Gela      45.0 C        15 min   
Protein                55.0 C         10 min
Pull thick decoction heat to 70 C for 20 mins, boil for 10 mins while main mash is @ 63 C, add back into main mash for Sacch rest
Maltose                63.0 C        35 min       
Saccharification       71.0 C        35 min       
Mash Out       Heat to 78.0 C        10 min       

Sparge: Fly sparge with 2 l water at 78.0 C

Pitch @ 15 C allow to rise to 18 C, ferment @ 18 C keg half bottle half

Drink & Enjoy


Milling grains.jpg
Milling Grains


Dough in sm.JPG
Dough In


Recirc on.jpg
Recirculation on


Pull decoct temp.jpg
Ready to pull decoction at Maltose rest, set the BM running again whilst I heated the decoction


Pulling decoction.jpg
Pulling decoction
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:20 am

:D
Decoction pot 1 sm.jpg
70L Copper from my 3V days at the decoction ready


Decoction pot 2 sm.jpg
Powered by 7.5Kw gas burner, it took me about 10 mins longer than the Maltose rest to complete the decoction and I stopped the BM at 63 C. When I recombined the grains the temperature did not change and the BM carried on with it's step program to 71 C as normal.


Hoisting malt pipe.jpg
Hoisting the malt pipe


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Draining wort, no sparge needed


Pre-boil OG 1040 sm.jpg
Pre-boil OG 1.040 and 48.5 litres, only 2 points over and spot on volume, efficiency around 85%
:D
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:28 am

adding hops sm.jpg
Up to the boil, hops in, didn't have enough Saaz so went 50/50 with Mittelfruh Hallertauer


adding hops 2 sm.jpg


Rolling boil sm.jpg
A good rolling boil


End of boil.jpg
End of boil, no kettle finings just yeast nutrient, you can see the proteins forming the cold break


Wort chiller in.jpg
Wort chiller in, I leave the wort until it hits around 85 C for the trub to collect at the bottom before turning on the water
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:28 am

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Brewcorner


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Trial jar post boil sm.JPG
Post boil trial jar, SG 1.047, looks alot lighter than I thought it might, more like a Weiss! I hope the yeast darkens it a little.
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:39 am

Collecting wort 2.jpg
Collecting 38.5L of freshly brewed wort


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Clean up needed


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Into the fermenter - shaken, not stirred


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3 packets of yeast, some will be retained for the fast ferment test


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Rehydrating
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:18 pm

Fermenter.jpg
Yeast pitched and fast ferment test underway
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby niels » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:40 pm

Thanks for sharing! When seeing the photos it starts itching to put on a brew too, but I'll have to wait a few more weeks :(

I like the roundings (or how to call them) on top of your chiller. Did you make the chiller yourself? If so, what kind of piping is that?

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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:07 pm

niels wrote:Thanks for sharing! When seeing the photos it starts itching to put on a brew too, but I'll have to wait a few more weeks :(


Yes an itch that needs to be scratched :cheers:

I like the roundings (or how to call them) on top of your chiller. Did you make the chiller yourself? If so, what kind of piping is that?

Niels


I made the chiller out of 10mm copper pipe, formed around a grain bucket it seems to nestle nicely just on/inside the inner elements, the take off tubes are flexible copper 15mm that you can get from a supplier in the UK called Screwfix, they are pretty cheap, I attach them with compression fittings. The make and finish of the chiller is pretty poor because I am hamfisted at DIY plumbing stuff but it does the job without much fuss.
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby dinnerstick » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:57 am

Nice pics! thanks
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby Twonky » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:09 am

Extensive brew day log, nice work BrauTim

@niels, in NL we have something called "zacht koperen pijp" which you can buy on a roll, it is soft copper pipe and you can form it really easily...

Or if you are a bit cheeky you can use a pipe bender in the DIY store to bend two hard copper pipes, I have asked if I was allowed to do that, and depending on who you ask it usually isn't a problem.

Or you can do it by hand, but it will not be so nice as with a proper tool. If you are doing it by hand it is best to fill the pipe with fine grained sand, to prevent the pipe from collapsing.

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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby cpa4ny » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:19 am

Awesome photoblog BrauTim! :beer:

I dig that Iron Maiden avatar of yours as well :beerbang:

Up the Irons!
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:34 pm

cpa4ny wrote:Awesome photoblog BrauTim! :beer:

I dig that Iron Maiden avatar of yours as well :beerbang:

Up the Irons!



The avatar comes from the label on a bottle of Robinsons Trooper beer that was designed by Iron Maiden and brewed by Robinsons Brewery in Stockport, UK, which is my home town brewery, I managed to get a case from the first batch which they brewed back in May last year, I think they are still brewing and selling the stuff, might have to clone it one day :beerbang:

Oh yeah and the music is great too, rock on!
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Unread postby cpa4ny » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:08 am

Wow! Iron Maiden beer!

Being a huge fan of theirs, I got to clone that :drink:
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:08 pm

The result of the fast ferment test is 1.005 after 4 days on a stir plate. The main wort was at 1.022 yesterday so some way to go yet, but it's still bubbling away nicely 8)
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Re: Spring Wheat Beer

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:28 pm

The beer is now down to 1.008 and steady (Day 10), so the brewfridge has been set to drop to 10.5°C in anticipation of bottling sometime before the end of the weekend 8)

Tasting from the trial jar is fantastic, my best Wheat beer so far, I'm impressed with WB-06 (and my own brewing skills of course :lol: ).
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