Smoked Wheat Ale (5%)
Firstly, this is not a Schlenkerla beer, it doesn’t have 600 years of history, it doesn’t require malting barley for 36 hours over an open flame, nor does it involve a nine-hour mash, nevertheless, we still think it’s a great beer, perfect for winter. Rich and malty with a deep smoky flavour, it’s as close as we come to owning a fireplace.
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60-Minute Mash at 67°C
- 1.9 L (2 qt) water, with an extra gallon (3.8 L) for sparging
- 250g (1 lb) German 2-row malt
- 270g (0.6 lb) German pale wheat malt
- 90g (0.2 lb) Special B malt
- 90g (0.2 lb) Beechwood Smoked malt
- *All grains should be milled - see this page for information on milling
- 8.5g (0.3 oz) Styrian Golding hops, split into thirds
- German ale yeast, such as Wyeast German Ale (see note)
- 65g maple syrup, for bottling
- In a medium-sized stockpot, heat the 1.9 L (2 qt) of water over high heat to 70°C. Combine with all the malts and stir gently. The temperature should decrease to 66°C in around 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat. Steep the grains for 60 minutes between 62°C and 67°C. Every 10 minutes or so, stir and take a temperature reading. If the temperature of the grain becomes too cold, return it to heat and stir until the temperature returns to the specified range and then take it back off the heat. With 10 minutes remaining, in a separate medium-sized stockpot heat 1 gallon (3.8 litres) of water to 77°C. Once the grains have been steeped for60 minutes, turn the heat to high and stir until the temperature hits 77°C. At this point, take it off the heat.
- Position a fine-mesh strainer across a stockpot and pour the grains into the strainer, maintain the liquid. Pour the gallon (3.8 litres) of 77°C water over the grains. Recirculate the collected liquid through the grains once.
- Place the pot with the liquid in on the stove and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the liquid starts to foam, lower the heat to a slow rolling boil and add one third of the Styrian Golding hops. After 30 minutes, add another third of Styrian Golding hops, and then the final third after 55 minutes. Prepare an ice bath by stopping the sink and filling it halfway with water and ice. After 60 minutes, take the pot off the heat and place in the ice bath, cooling it to 21°C, this should take about 30 minutes.
- Use a funnel and strainer to pour the liquid into your fermenter (remember, it MUST be sanitized). Supplement with water in order to fill the to the 1-gallon mark. Add the yeast using your hands (remember to sanitize those too!) cover the mouth of the jug with one hand, and shake to distribute evenly. Insert the sanitized stopper and tubing to the fermenter and place the other end of the tubing into a bowl of sanitizing solution. As the yeast activates, this solution will bubble as gas is forced through the tube. After 2 to 3 days, once the bubbling has reduced, replace the tubing system with an airlock. Once a further 11 days has passed, bottle your beer using the maple syrup - see this page for bottling instructions.
Suggested Food Pairings
- Bamberg Onion, Welsh Rarebit Beer Fondue, white asparagus
For 5 Gallons:
60-Minute Mash at 67°C
- 9.5 L (2½ gallons) water, plus 5 gallons (19 L) for sparging
- 2.2kg (5 pounds) German 2-row malt
- 1.3kg (3 pounds) German pale wheat malt
- 450g (1 pound) Special B malt
- 250g (1 pound) Beechwood Smoked malt
- 42g (1.5 ounces) Styrian Golding hops, split into thirds
- German ale yeast, such as Wyeast German Ale
- 340g maple syrup, for bottling