Friday, January 20th, 2012
As a child of the 80’s, I grew up watching Wil Wheaton on TV (Star Trek, Stand by Me). When I recently found out that he is also a home brewer – well, I knew that a beer needed to made in his honor.
Yesterday, I noticed that FH Steinbarts (my LHBS) is going to be hosting a wheat beer competition in May… an entry recipe immediately came to mind.
“Wil Wheat” is going to be a basic american wheat beer, but with a few twists:
- Galaxy hops rather then a noble, or american variety
- Triticale as an adjunct grain.
- Rouge Pacman yeast for extra nerdiness.
- Style: 6-D American Wheat/Rye
- Batch Size (Gal): 12.00 (for 10 bottled)
- Anticipated OG: 1.049
- Anticipated ABV: 5%
- Anticipated SRM: 4 (very light)
- Anticipated IBU: 27 ( Tinseth)
- Brewhouse Efficiency: 80%
- Wort Boil Time: 60Minutes
A basic wheat recipe is just 2-row and white wheat. I plan to add a small amount of triticale to maximize head retention. Triticale is a wheat/rye hybrid – not to be confused with quadrotriticale. Here is an abstract of an article that describes the “use of unmalted triticale in brewing and its effect on wort and beer quality“.
- 10 lbs Pale 2-row (US)
- 10 lb White Wheat
- 0.5 lb Unmalted Triticale
Galaxy is an high alpha Australian variety. It was accentually quite difficult to find a US supplier. The aroma profile is described a citrus/passion-fruit, which should work perfectly in this beer.
- 1 oz. Galaxy 13% @ 60 min
- 1 oz. Galaxy 13% @ 10 min
- Munic profile: per 5 gallons add
- – 3.5g Chalk
- Strike 30 quarts at 165°F
- – Add water slowly and mix thoroughly, or the wheat will clump
- – It’s OK to bring up the temp slowly
- Mash at 152°F (low is better then higher)
- Boil for 60+ minutes.
You would normally use a clean american ale yeast. Pacman seems to fit th bill, but I could not find many examples of it’s use in a wheat beer.
- 1 week @ 60F
- 1 week up to 70F
Brew Day Notes
Finally had a chance to brew this up on 3/27. Everything went smoothly.
I used quite a bit of rice hulls and added to the mash slowly: grain, water, grain… This worked very well. I hit the mash temp exactly and didn’t have any problems with stuck mash.
The only issue was a lower OG then expected (1.046 vs 1.049). This calculated to 75% efficiency instead of the expected 80%. Afterwards, I realized that the problem was my crush. Unlike barley, the size of the wheat kernels varied drastically. This meant that a small percentage slipped through without being crushed. Next time, I either need a smaller grind, or just a bit more wheat.
However, this will produce an ABV around 4.5% – so, well within the appropriate range for an American Wheat.
I used the same template as the other 22’s – but added a real image this time. The photo is “A Wide Field Image of the Galactic Center” via Astronomy Picture of the Day.
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