New Life Hefe

June 10, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

The aroma of boiling wort has filled my kitchen again. Putting the kettle back on after a long respite was a delight. I wasn’t interested in doing anything fancy. A simple, German-style hefeweizen extract recipe with no steeping grains fit the bill. This one is just a 50/50 ratio of wheat extract and pilsen malt. Easy peasy!

Some people do not rack their wheat beers to a secondary since this beer style is meant to be left unfiltered. The “hefe” in Hefeweizen literally means “yeast”. I put mine in a secondary because I just don’t care for the extra sediment. If the resulting beer is not yeasty enough I will forego that step next time.

New Life Hefe

– 3 gallons

Steeping Grains
– None

Malt Extract
– 2 lbs. dry pilsen malt
– 2 lbs. dry wheat extract

– .5 ozs Hallertauer 4.4% AA @ 60 minutes

– Wyeast 3086 Weihenstephan Weizen

– 4 ozs. corn sugar

Brewing Process
No steeping grains added to this one so add the hops at the beginning of the boil.
After boiling turn off heat and stir for 2 minutes. Let wort rest for 10 minutes. Chill wort to 65°F and add to fermenter. Pitch yeast and aerate for 1 minute. Ferment for two days (or a few points shy of your final gravity target) then rack to secondary. Add corn sugar at bottling.

The Numbers
Original Gravity (for the 2.5 gallon boil): 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.012
ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 11
BWB (Beers While Brewing): Ninkasi Maiden the Shade, Ballast Point The Homework Series #6 Robust Porter

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