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>Sour #3 (Cheater Berliner Weisse) Recipe & Tasting

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As there are more and more commercial examples of Berliner Weisse becoming available in recent years (with one of the best – The Bruery’s Hottenroth Berliner Weisse – available very close to me), a homebrewer’s natural inclination is to try their hand at the style. With White Labs’ WLP630 Berliner Weisse Blend made available on the last round of Platinum Series releases, so doing a Small Batch was a no-brainer.


Coincidentally, my personal favorite homebrewing podcast, Basic Brewing Radio, did an episode on brewing Berliner Weisse about two months after I brewed mine. Naturally The Mad Fermentationist was on hand to go over his production method, a no-boil double decocted mash-hopped take on the style. I took a decidedly different route with mine, using a simple single infusion mash and 15 minute boil. Awesomely, I sent James Spencer an email about my take on it, and I got a mention on the 04-14-11 episode! Sweet! I definitely credit Mr. Spencer and BBR for a nice bump in my readership, so thanks so much!


2011-007 Sour #3 (Cheater Berliner Weisse)


Brewed: 01/26/11

Racked to secondary: 04/03/11

Kegged/Bottled: 04/27/11

Ready: 04/27/11


Batch Info

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Batch Size: 2.5 Gallons

Extraction Efficiency: 77%

OG: 1.035

FG: 1.004

IBU: 4

SRM: 2.4

Boil Length: 15 minutes


Grain Bill

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German Pilsner Malt: 1lb 12oz (54%)

US White Wheat Malt: 1lb 8oz (46%)


Hop Bill

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German Hallertau Hersbrucker (3.8%AA): 14g @ 15 minutes


Other

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Irish Moss: 1 tsp @ 15 minutes

Servomyces: 1 gelcap @ 15 minutes


Water

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Carbon Filtered San Bernardino Ground Water


Yeast

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White Labs WLP630 Berliner Weisse Blend


Mash Schedule

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Sacch Rest: 156F for 90 minutes

Batch Sparge


Fermentation Schedule

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Pitch @ 68F, freerise for 10 days


Carbonation

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Quick Carb: 35psi, shake for 45 seconds


Notes

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A quickie beer to test WLP630. Not too bad!


Tasting

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Appearance: Pale straw. About as light as you can get. One-finger soda-like head, with little staying power.


Aroma: Lemons and stone fruit. Perfumy. Pretty simple.


Taste: Lemons and fruit. Some grassy herbal character. A nice, mild tartness.


Mouthfeel: as dry as you would expect, bolstered by spritzy carbonation.


Thoughts: for being as simple as it was, not too dang bad! One of the few times I’m sad I didn’t make a full 5 gallons. Although I do have another vial….

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