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BSC April 2018 Weissbier/Hefeweizen

The Brew Style Challenge for April 2018 will be a Weissbier aka Hefeweizen. It can be found in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines: 10 German Wheat Beer, Sub 10A Weissbier

I have always referred to the Weissbier as a Hefeweizen, so for the remainder of the post I’ll continue to do that. The Hefeweizen is a German Wheat beer that when made correctly has a soft creamy texture along with a nice mix of banana and clove phenols.  The key to making a great Hefeweizen is using good quality malt along with a lot of healthy yeast, oxygen and the fermentation temp.  If you had to choose one part to skimp on I would suggest the quality of the malt.  They yeast and the temp you ferment this beer at is the most important part of making a good example.  I have also experienced bubble gum flavors caused by the yeast.  Oh and this yeast will get a little wild on you, meaning it will really create a big Krausen, so leave plenty of room in your fermentor.

(From Jamil Zainasheff and John J. Palmer’s book Brewing Classic Styles) The following is assuming a 70% efficiency with 6 gallons left at the end of the boil and 5.5 gallons going into the fermenter.

OG 1.050, FG 1.012, IBU 13, SRM 5, ABV 5%

GRAIN: 5.6# continental Pilsner Malt and 5.6# Wheat Malt.  Mash at 152F. Increase the pre-boil volume as needed to allow for a 90 minute boil, which will help reduce DMS in the beer.

EXTRACTt: 8.6# Wheat LME (No Mash required)

HOPS: 0.8oz Hallertau 4%AA for 60 mins giving you around 13 IBUs (Feel free to play around and try different hops)

YEAST: White Labs WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale, Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen,I think there is a dry yeast out there, but I can’t recall the name or number.

Fermenting colder at around 62F will give you more of a mix of Banana and Clove, 68F should give you more Banana and less clove, 72F+ will give you more Banana and Bubble Gum.  Don’t trust my work on the temps, I would suggest checking out what other people say, but this has been my experience when using Wyeast 3068.

2018 Thirsty Thursday Schedule

Date               Location

25-Jan New Heights Brewing
22-Feb Smith & Lentz
22-Mar Blackstone
26-Apr Yazoo
24-May Southern Grist
28-Jun Fat Bottoms
26-Jul East Nashville Beer Works
23-Aug Black Abbey
27-Sep Jackalope
25-Oct Tennessee Beer Works
15-Nov Little Harpeth (I have moved this one up one week because of Thanksgiving)
27-Dec Bearded Iris

Music City Brew Off 2016

The 2016 MCBO Approach-eth! Come one, come all, be merry and … fall… er, maybe not. Unless you have a ride. Then its OK. We have the same lovely venue as last year, similar schedule, awesome food, and speaker TBA. Should be a great time, just like last year. For more details, please click the MCBO link in the menu at the top of the page.

Welcome to the new site!

Welcome to the Music City Brewers, the homebrew club of Nashville, TN. Our website got an overhaul, as the old one was not very useful, so hopefully this will be up to date and filled with more relevant information. Take a look around and give it a spin. Check back every now and then as we plan on adding new features.