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Homebrew: Weiße Katzen – Hefeweizen


Today we had a second go at brewing with the new brew kettle. I have tons of wheat malt, so we decided to brew a Hefeweizen, a style I haven’t brewed before. The malt bill consists of 60% Wheat, 33% Pilsner and 7% Munich. We hopped with the Hallertau Mittelfrüh that remained from last week’s Pilsner brewday. For yeast we chose Wyeast’s 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen, as Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweizen is among my personal favorite wheat beers (I’m not a great fan of the style to be honest), and I made a 1.5 liter starter on a stir plate. The brewday went surprisingly well, but wasn’t problem-free. We managed to lose 2-3 liters of wort on the floor, as a silicon hose from the pump loosened from the kettle and fell to the floor. My brewing friend got a huge heat exchanger for free from his former employer, so we cleaned it up and used it for cooling the batch (will try to take pictures the next time we use it). The wort cooled from boiling to 15.5C in 5 minutes, and at the same time the wort was transferred to the fermenter. Talk about fast cooling! This will be a valuable addition to the brewing equipment, as the brewday was shortened by about 30 minutes. Will be interesting to see how this one turns out. Recipe below:

Recipe: Weisse Katzen
Style: Weizen/Weissbier
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 34.44 l
Post Boil Volume: 30.16 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 25.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 21.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 11.0 EBC
Estimated IBU: 14.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 53.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 61.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt           Name                                Type          #    %/IBU         
7.00 g        Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins)   Water Agent   1    -             
4.500 kg      Wheat (6.0 EBC)                     Grain         2    60.0 %        
2.500 kg      Pilsner (4.5 EBC)                   Grain         3    33.3 %        
0.500 kg      Munich II (Weyermann) (16.7 EBC)    Grain         4    6.7 %         
30.00 g       Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [45 min] -  Hop           5    11.9 IBUs     
10.00 g       Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [15 min] -  Hop           6    2.1 IBUs      
1.0 pkg       Weihenstephan Weizen (Wyeast #3068) Yeast         7    -             


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