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She Who Must Be Obeyed Wheat

Brewed: 01/28/2017   Bottled: 02/14/2017

swmbo.jpgWell, in mid-August of 2013, I needed to brew something so that my wife would have a beer in the keggerator. I asked her what she wanted. She wasn't much help. I looked through some of the Beer Model's favorites, but none of them really jumped out at me. I felt I had brewed Buckwheat's BPA enough for awhile. Ello Poppet is a lager and would take too long. I just did the Summer Lovin' Un-Wheat, and didn't really feel like zesting enough orange for Summer Lovin' Wheat or Whisky Wife Wit. I didn't really want to do a fruit beer like Apricot Lovin' American Wheat or even Boo Berry American WheatLaser Salt Sandy Blonde Ale was a possibility, but in the end I decided to come up with a new recipe.
It actually became a new favorite, not only of the Beer Model, but for me as well.

So, I decided it would take elements from all those beers. 

It uses Marris Otter like Laser Salt. It has a pretty good portion of Biscuit and Caramunich like Buckwheat's BPA. It uses Tettnang, one of the hops from Ello Poppet. It is a wheat beer like the wheat beers that she likes so much. 
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Everything works together to make a nice wheat beer with a bit more color and some biscuit and caramel Munich notes. It turned out AWESOME. It was light and refreshing and very flavorful. The beer had a nice almond ester flavor coming through. I really loved the beer.

It didn't last very long. We will have to make it again sometime.

For more about this beer on my blog, see the SWMBO label.

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SWMBO --- Batch 3

Style American Wheat Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.049 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 19.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.2 %
BU : GU   0.404        
Recipe Color 6.1 SRM
Color
   
Measured OG:   1.046    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   74   Measured ABV:   4.5 

Ingredients

Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 48.0 %
4 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 2 42.7 %
8.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.3 %
6.0 oz Caramunich Malt (45.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.0 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 5 15.6 IBUs
1.000 oz Tettnang [3.90 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 4.1 IBUs
2.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 -
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 8 -
1.0 pkg Dry English Ale (White Labs #WLP007) [35.49 ml] Yeast 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 11.72 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min


Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.08gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Mash and boil as ingredients called.
Cool the wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible. Pitch the starter yeast.
Cool fermentation on first day only. Let temperature rise as it wants after that.
Ferment 2 weeks.
Keg.
Carbonate to 2.5 volumes.

Brewing Record

Brew Date: 1/28/2017  Strike Temp:   160
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   8 (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   68 
Fermentation            
Day 1: Nice kraussen. 64
Day 2: Going strong. 68  
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Brewing Notes:
01/27/2017 esheppy
Made the decision that this is what I'm brewing this weekend if I can get to the LHBS today during "lunch".
01/27/2017 esheppy
Got to LHBS and bought ingredients.
01/29/2017 esheppy
Brewed today. I split up the boil. A little before church. Then, started up after church, but had to turn it off early to pick up one of my kids. OG a bit low at 1.046, but all thing considered, not bad.
01/31/2017 esheppy
Been going nice and strong. Beautiful kraussen. 64 day 1. 68 day 2.
02/03/2017 esheppy
Main fermentation is done. Clearing up nice. Will let it condition for a week and then keg.
02/15/2017 esheppy
Kegged last night. 1.012FG makes this a 4.5% ABV beer. Sample was delicious. A little biscuit. A little almond flavor. Yummy.
02/16/2017 esheppy
Moved from beer fridge to kegerator. Gave it a taste. Delicious and clear. With carbonation this will be a great beer.
02/17/2017 esheppy
Yes. Delicious beer. Carbonation is better today, but still light.
04/09/2017 esheppy
SWMBO killed the keg last night. Clarity was great at the end. Nice that I have the keg available for when Melting Stream is ready.
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