Bleicherweiß 3.0 (sometimes called "Bleicherweizen," "hefeweizen," "Weißbier," or "that yellow one in the big glass") is the current iteration of my house Bavarian Hefeweizen recipe; it's been a work in progress since summer 2006, variously brewed with slight modifications as an extract, all-grain, and places in between. In Episode 1.4, we learn what happens when it undergoes an open fermentation.
Five gallons, partial-mash
- 1.5 lbs Weyermann Pale Wheat
- 1 lb German Munich (20 EBC)
mash: multi-temp infusion
- 100 F for 5"
- 122 F for 10"
- 152 F for 30"
- 3 lbs wheat malt syrup @ 60"
- 0.5 oz Palisade (plug, 9%) @ 60"
- 3 lbs wheat malt syrup @ 15"
- Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen
- primary: an uncovered 8 gallon bucket
- 3 days @ 64 F
- 18 hours: flecks of foam, aroma is worty
- 20 hours: first krausen, clove and plastic aroma
- 22 hours: krausen is scuzzy; clove, ripe banana, and bread dough
- 24 hours: skimmed krausen (discarded) and roused, SG 1.042
- 26 hours: second krausen; bubblegum, clove, cinnamon
- 48 hours: krausen is creamy and very active; banana cream pie; skimmed krausen (saved) and roused; SG 1.028
- 72 hours: krausen still creamy but no longer bubbling; cloves back; SG 1.018, rack to closed secondary
- 3 days @ 64 F
- 7 days @ 64 F in an airlocked 5 gallon carboy, SG 1.012
- crash cool 3 days
- package, carb it high, and drink it like you brewed it
- swap the Munich & pale wheat malts for 1 lb wheat DME
no Palisade hop plugs?
- yeah, I have that problem now too ... that was my last 0.5 oz. I usually use German Tradition for this recipe (thought I had some on brew day, but I was out), but you could use Palisade pellets as well.
is this crazy?
Not if you mind your p's and q's (it still feels weird, though): keep everything very sanitary and rack to a closed secondary as soon as you sense things slowing down, fermentation-wise. I got away not doing a yeast starter this time (I had a very fresh yeast pack) but I will be making one next time; if I had older yeast or yeast shipped by mail, I would definitely make a starter - how's that for do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do?