It’s nice to have a Friday off where I’m not sick to the point of incapacitated.
I’m brewing a Belgian Wit today. Getting a late start, but that’s OK.
I’ve not brewed in a few months, so it’s a good feeling to be boiling, cleaning, and sanitizing again. I formulated my own recipe, with a few aspects slightly out of style, but I think it’s going to be a good brew.
Formulating recipes is probably the most enjoyable and most frustrating part of brewing for me. I don’t know a lot about it yet, and often, I feel like I shouldn’t ask for input, because I’ve not contributed enough to a forum. I don’t know the individual ingredients (hop and malt characteristics) well enough to know what goes well with other things, but I’m learning. It’s definitely fun, though, to start a recipe in BeerTools Pro and add and subtract different ingredients, the time during the boil to add them, and how much of each to add.
This recipe is a completely original creation with no input from anyone, other than reading other recipes and combining the best of each; which is usually how I cook, anyway. It should be a good summertime beer, though the alcohol level (a hair over 6% ABV) is a bit higher than it probably should.
Size: 4.36 gal
Calories: 203.9 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.061 (1.044 – 1.052)
Terminal Gravity: 1.015 (1.008 – 1.012)
Color: 2.57 (2.0 – 4.0)
Alcohol: 6.02% (4.5% – 5.5%)
Bitterness: 17.0 (10.0 – 20.0)
6.6 lb Liquid Wheat Extract
16 oz Cara-Pils® Malt
.5 oz Styrian Goldings (4.2%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
0.5 oz Saaz (4.40%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
0.5 oz Saaz (4.4%) – added during boil, boiled 7.0 min
1 oz Bitter Curacao/Bitter Orange (Peel) – added during boil, boiled 5 min
.5 oz Corriander seeds – added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
1.0 ea White Labs WLP400 Belgian Wit Ale
Partial Mash – 30 mins @148 degrees
Results generated by BeerTools Pro 1.5.0b