Widmer Hefe Clone, Extract v.01

Widmer Hefe

I am a big fan of beer fit for the current season. Summertime for me means fairly light and refreshing brews – lots of lawnmower beers as it were. One style I’ve started poking around is American Wheat. There are a lot of crap ones out there, drug but I consistently enjoy Widmer Hefeweizen. To me it is a nice beer with some actual backbone and character, not like its style-mates. Oh yeah, my sisters both like this style too — so I’m going to give them each a case for their belated birthday presents.

Besides that, trying to clone a commercial beer is a good technical challenge. Widmer has pretty good info on their website, so it is just a matter of trying to put the pieces together, brew it, taste it side-by-side, then tweak and redo.

If that weren’t enough fun, I wanted to benchmark my all-grain process against consistent and known materials like DME and LME. I’ll brew the “same” recipe in both extract and all-grain, then compare the results. It should give me a good benchmark to shoot for….


Recipe


Widmer Hefe Extract Clone v0.1

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal):         6.00    Wort Size (Gal):    6.00
Total Grain (Lbs):        8.17
Anticipated OG:         1.0485    Plato:            12.035
Anticipated SRM:           6.4
Anticipated IBU:          31.3
Brewhouse Efficiency:       70 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Grain/Extract/Sugar

%     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
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14.7     1.20 lbs. Briess DME- Weizen            America        1.0430      8
73.4     6.00 lbs. Briess LME- Weizen            America        1.0360      4
8.0     0.65 lbs. Munich Malt(2-row)            America        1.0350      6
3.9     0.32 lbs. Crystal 40L                   America        1.0340     40

Hops

Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
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7.00 g.     Warrior                           Pellet  13.43  13.6  60 min.
8.00 g.     Nugget                            Pellet  12.11  14.0  60 min.
18.00 g.     Cascade                           Whole    4.22   1.7  1 min.
18.00 g.     Willamette                        Pellet   4.63   2.0  1 min.

Extras

Amount      Name                           Type      Time
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0.50 Tsp    Yeast Nutrient                 Other     15 Min.(boil)

Yeast
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WYeast 1007 German Ale

Mash Schedule
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Total Grain Lbs:    0.97
Total Water Qts:    2.50 - Before Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:    0.63 - Before Additional Infusions

Step   Rest   Start   Stop  Heat     Infuse   Infuse  Infuse
Step Name            Time   Time   Temp    Temp  Type     Temp     Amount  Ratio
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Mash Out               5     10    169     169   Infuse   183        2.50   2.58

Total Water Qts:            2.50 - After Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:            0.63 - After Additional Infusions
Total Mash Volume Gal:      0.70 - After Additional Infusions

All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.
All infusion amounts are in Quarts.
All infusion ratios are Quarts/Lbs.

Brew Day Notes

  • Brewed 2010-07-06
  • Extract brew in the morning, all-grain in the afternoon.
  • Warm bastard – ran 5k early that morning and never quit sweating…but still beats going to work on a Tuesday!
  • Used Meusdoerffer Munich
  • Held ~3lbs of LME until last 15min of boil.
  • I couldn’t find Millennium or German Magnum hops, so I went with Nugget.
  • Whole Cascade hops are from 2007 – still nice and green in the FoodSaver vaccuum bags.
  • Collected 6gal @ 12.5B (1.0495)

Fermentation Notes

  • 1.2L starter made night before. Just O2 and intermittent shake, no stir plate. I needed more time – should have done this 5 days before to give the poor flocc’ing yeast time to drop. Decanted ~0.5L, pitched rest.
  • Fermented at 64F
  • Needed a blow off tube – blew huge foam the first few days, then slow and steady for 2 weeks.
  • 2010-07-13: 1.016. Huge tropical fruit nose and taste
  • 2010-07-17: 1.012. Done – 74.5% ADF, 4.94% ABV. Cleaned up nicely, this one should be good.
  • 2010-07-17: kegged, put into kegerator at 11PSI and 42F to carbonate.
  • 2010-07-30: Bottled 24x 12oz bottles for sisters.
  • 2010-08-04: Keg kicked while sister was here.

Tasting Notes

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