Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Recipe #39 -Weizen-Wiessbier Wheat

 The last Wiessbier I brewed back in September was the first wheat recipe I had made using DME and honey instead of liquid extracts. As in the first recipe this recipe uses a wheat/barley mix DME base. The yeast I picked for the first brew was Safbrew WB-06 dry wheat yeast and after tasting a sampling before I bottled it tasted good so I decided to stick with it.

 This recipe I'm about to describe is a bit different than the first recipe in that it uses only the wheat/barley mix DME and some Munich steeping grains. Both recipes use Hallertauer hops but the new recipes uses different boil times and weights.

I used qBrew's default 'Weizen/Wiessbier' style guidelines to crunch the recipe's numbers. You can download the October 2010 qBrew database below and use it to upgrade your current ingredient database. This latest ingredient database includes more yeast, fruits, extracts and other helpful entries then ever before.

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Click to download this recipe file for qBrew 
Size 2.13 gallons: Estimated IBU=15, SRM=5, OG=1.044, FG=1.011, ABV=4.3%

1/4 Munich (German)
2 pounds Muntons DME - Wheat

1/4 ounce Hallertauer (German) pellet hops boiled for 30 minutes
1/4 ounce Hallertauer (German) pellet hops boiled for 12 minutes
1/2 ounce Hallertauer (German) pellet hops boiled for 5 minutes

11.5 grams Safbrew WB-06 dry wheat yeast
Pitched at 65F and fermented at 63F

Steep grains at 155F for 30 minutes in 3.5 quarts filtered water

Boil DME in wort for 10 minutes
Add and boil hops in wort for 30 minutes
Add and boil hops in wort for 12 minutes
Stir in 2 lbs. DME and boil for 10 minutes
Add and boil hops in wort for 5 minutes
Place in ice bath until wort temperature cools to 65F
Add 4 quarts cold filtered water to Mr. Beer fermenter

Pour cooled wort into fermenter keg aerate and pitch yeast  
Ferment at constant 63F temperature for 21 days


  1. So if you dont put any extra fermentables in your DME beers what is the alcohol content your getting? If you want higher can you put, lets say sugar, in to increase abv? Is this acceptable with DME beers? Or do you just need to add more of the DME?

  2. The ABV of this one is 4.3%, to raise it add more grain or DME. Sugar, honey or maple syrup will tend to make the beer dryer as it raises the alcohol content.

  3. is there a way to figure out what the alcohol content would be after adding X amount of grains or DME? do they affect the beers abv the same or differently? If so, does if differ from grain to grain?

  4. Yes there is, just click on the 'Brewing Tools & Formulas' page to download and install the free qBrew recipe designer software.

  5. i did install the qbrew, but i cannot get the mr.beer stuff to download to it. For sum reason I cant get them to work together. I guess i dont understand the instructions. any way you could dumb it down for a me? I would love to use this technology.

  6. Exit qBrew first. In the qBrew folder under Drive:\Program Files\ all you have to do is replace the current .qbrewdata file with the .qbrewdata file you downloaded. Restart qBrew and you're all set.