Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sleepy Wheat

So I've named the chamomile wheat beer Sleepy Wheet; because you get sleepy after having a couple glasses of it. Perhaps I should've used less chamomile (I used a whole package of Celestial Seasonings Chamomile Tea.) The other interesting ingredient in this beer is the yeast. I used Wyeast 3586, the Canada-Belgian strain, and it fermented well. Unfortunately, I think I need to brew a more neutral beer (read: no spices) in order to pick out the esters and flavors of this yeast. Overall, I'm very pleased with the batch (which was all extract), and would like to try it with a different spice instead of Chamomile. Maybe Lemon Verbena?

Here are the particulars for this batch:

05-20-2006 Marc's Sleepy Wheet

A ProMash Brewing Session Report
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Brewing Date: Saturday May 20, 2006
Head Brewer: Marc Morency
Asst Brewer: Carol Morency
Recipe: Marco's Summer Solstice Ale

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 5.00
Wort Size (Gal): 3.50
Anticipated OG: 1.040 Plato: 9.98
Anticipated SRM: 6.1
Anticipated IBU: 17.2
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Actual OG: 1.040 Plato: 9.99
Actual FG: 1.008 Plato: 2.05

Alc by Volume: 4.20
(From Measured Gravities)
ADF: 79.5
RDF: 65.8

Grain/Extract/Sugar:
5.40 lbs. of Alexander 50-50 Wheat-Malt Liquid Malt Extract

Hops:
1.00 oz. of Strisselspalt (leaf) at 2.10 AA for 60 min.
1.00 oz. of Strisselspalt (leaf) at 2.10 AA for 45 min.

Yeast:
Wyeast 3864 Canadian/Belgian Style Yest

Fermentation Specifics:
Pitched From: Liquid Pack
Amount Pitched: 125 mL
Lag Time: Less than 8 hours

Primary Fermenter: Plastic
Primary Type: Closed
Days In Primary: Eight
Primary Temperature: 72 degrees F

Secondary Fermenter: Glass
Secondary Type: Closed
Days In Secondary: Five
Secondary Temperature: 78 degrees F

Bottled: Filled 24 22-ounce bottles on 5/29/06

Fermentation Notes:
5/24/06 - ADF = 71.8 percent, which is a few degrees lower than this yeast is rated. Lots of spices in suspension. Will rack to the secondary for a few days.

Tasting Notes:
5/24/06 - Whew! The chamomile aroma is very evident. Color is hazy gold. Fairly light for an extract brew. A definite juicy fruit flavor is present from the chamomile long with some citrus (lime) detected. Kind of bubblegummy with some light spicy phenols.

5/29/06 - Tasted at bottling. Big time chamomile-bubblegum flavors in this beer. Balance is perfect. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Hops may fade, but beer should get drier, which could keep the balance.

7/2/06 - Already been enjoying this for awhile. The bubblegummy character is not as assertive, but still fairly strong, still a well-balanced and tasty wheat.

Notes:
Added a half ounce mix of dried orange peel and coriander. Added the zest of three small limes and one box of Celestial Seasonings Chamomile Tea for the last five minutes of the boil.