I covered the three beers in the 2012 Dogs of Christmas series, but that wasn’t all that I brewed for the holidays that year. For my wonderful girlfriend, Amy, I made a hefeweizen. This was sort of last minute idea and it turned out decent.
This was an all extract batch. I added the smaller amount of DME at the beginning of the boil and the large tub of LME in the last ten minutes to try to keep the color lighter. It still ended up on the dark side for a hefeweizen, but that was not really the main concern and being an extract beer, it is to be expected.
This is one of the only beers that I’ve made with all extract and no steeping grains. I think that on one hand, all extract beer is not going to have as much character, but on the other hand, some styles just don’t call for specialty grains. With proper conditions, you can make a great beer with all extract, but if you’re going to the trouble of getting those conditions in place, you’re really probably better off going the extra step of mashing.
This was a six gallon batch. Five gallons was bottled normally and the last gallon was held for a special project, which I’ll cover tomorrow.
Brew Date: November 9, 2012
Serve Date: Christmas 2012
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.010
2 lb Bavarian Wheat DME
7 lb Bavarian Wheat LME
1.5 oz Halletauer @ 60 min
Munich Wheat Dry Ale Yeast