This is a recipe I threw together for a party beer. The goal was a light and spritzy wheat beer, with a tad more hop flavor than usual as a refreshing twist.
- 5 lb Belgian Pale
- 3 lb Flaked Wheat
- 1 lb white wheat
- 0.5 crystal 40
- 0.75 oz Cascade (FWH)
- 0.25 Cascade, 1 oz Liberty (15 min)
//Mash in 2 qts per lb. at 154F for 55 min, 168F for 5 min. Sparge to collect 6.5 gal 1.035 wort. Boil 60 minutes, collect 5.5 gal 1.047 wort. Brewed 12/14/13. //
UPDATE (12/17/13): Beer is slightly sweet, but has a lot of hop flavor. More of grassy and slightly fruity. A little bit of a buttery flavor, but I think this will clean up. Gravity at 1.019. //
UPDATE (12/21/13): Gravity at 1.016. A little bit of a grainy/wheat flavor now, with similar hop flavor.
All in all, I’m really happy with how this came out. It’s a moderate to medium flavored beer with some nice traits. The amount of hop flavor is appropriate, but I think I’d like a little more citrus and flowery flavors rather than what I’m getting from the Liberty. It did round out very nice in the end, though. A small amount of knock-out hops would be a nice touch, but not much. Aside from not fermenting out as much as I’d hoped for, the overall malt flavor is good, with a solid bread and wheat flavor from the flaked wheat. I tried this side-by-side with a white IPA that contained only pilsner, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and oats; very similar malt flavor, but the Crystal 40 in this recipe is a really great addition that you don’t quite realize until it’s not there. The wheat and pale malt flavors are still up front, but the crystal malt just adds more depth of flavor. The picture shows virtually no head, but that was only because i left it off c02 for a while, so it went a little flat on me. Before that it had a nice pillow-y white head that lasted a good 10 minutes. The beer also retained a nice cloudy-ness throughout its lifecycle.