Today I brewed my first hefeweizen. Due to the popularity of Witty Kitty witbier among family and friends (I myself am a big fan of how Erika’s beer turned out), I wanted to try another one that is similar to that style. While a witbier is Belgian (dutch), a hefeweizen is bavarian (german). Both use pilsner and wheat malt, but the witbier was a 50/50 split between the two grains while my hefeweizen is 58% wheat. Also, the hefeweizen does not have any flavor adjuncts like the coriander or orange peel in the witbier. Two different and distinct yeasts are also used along with different hops (tettnang for the hefe, hersbrucker for the wit). The brew day went without incident.
Solaris Hefeweizen (5 gallon BIAB)
6.2 lbs Weyermann Light Wheat
4.5 lbs Weyermann Pilsner
Strike Water: 5.4 gallons @ 126F
Step Mash: Protein Rest: 122F for 20 min
Beta Saccharification: 149F for 30 min
Alpha Saccharification: 158F for 30 min
Sparge: 1.7 gallons @ 170F
Hops: 0.8 oz Tettnang @ 60min
Yeast: Wyeast Weihenstephan Weizen 3068
Original Gravity: 1.050 (target), 1.044 (actual)
Target ABV: 4.9%
Also today, I bottled Big Mane IPA. It’s been in primary for 3 weeks, with the last week being dry hopped with 1oz of Cascade. Yield for the 3 gallon batch was one 16 oz PET and 29 12oz glass bottles. The FG was 1.007 with an ABV of 7.7%. It ended up with a higher ABV and drier than anticipated but the taste test was very good. Solid hop flavor and aroma.