Wil Wheat (beer)

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.

Recipe Specifics

  • 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.

  • Pacman
  • 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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Via wilwheaton.typepad.com

3 Responses to “Wil Wheat (beer)”

  1. gabriel nagmay (dot com) | Archive » Another Cream Ale Says:

    […] a big yeast count. To get there, we need to brew a few lower gravity beers. This, along with the Wil Wheat should provide enough pacman cells for the big […]

  2. Gabriel Nagmay Says:

    This placed 2nd in a local competition. A bit surprised (but happy) considering that it’s ingredients are off-style. Can’t wait to see the score sheet.

  3. gabriel nagmay (dot com) | Archive » Wil Wheat: Second Place Says:

    […] few weeks back, I entered the Wil Wheat beer in a local competition. I knew that it was off-style when I created the recipe, but was interested […]

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