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My first Wheat Beer and a bit of a user-upper too 🙂  I’m only doing 19L as the recipe is tailored around the 2kg of Wheat Malt I had left, with the Crystal Wheat & Chocolate Wheat it takes the Wheat percentage to just over 50% of the entire malt bill.
Hops are the end of a bag of Perle, pre-dry hopped Mittlefruh kept in the Freezer, and the end of a bag of Hersbrucker.
The yeast needed using up too 😉
No intentions of using any water treatments other than to kill the Chlorine and not going to be using protafloc as I want to keep this beer cloudy.

Dark Wheat WB06

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt 2000g 45.4%
Maris Otter 2000g 45.4%
Crystal Wheat Malt 200g 4.6%
Carafa Special III 100g 2.3%
Chocolate Wheat Malt 100g 2.3%

Hops:
Perle @ 60 mins 26g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh @ 20 mins 20g
Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 10 mins 34g

Final Volume: 19 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 5% ABV
Total Liquor: 28.3 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 36 EBU
Colour: 96 EBC

Mash for 90mins, Boil for 60mins, pitch and attempt to keep as cool as possible in the garage (I’m going to need a fermenting fridge sometime!)

The Malts; 50:50 Maris Otter & Wheat Malt, Carafa Special 3, Chocolate Wheat malt, Crystal Wheat malt, NO Gypsum or other water treatments today:
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Mash at 67c, which is probably 66c on my thermometer:
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FWH:
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Coming to a boil, even so it was only a 19L brew it was close to boil over, a full 23L would have needed a bit of stirring etc:
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1052:
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Muddy water:
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Safbrew WB-06 dry sprinkled:
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Another no fuss brewday, kind of had a bit of a break in the middle before starting the boil but still finished up for about 1pm 🙂
Weird not using Protafloc (or other copper finings) the total lack of any cold break material and instead just muddy looking wort, all in the sake of Cloudiness.

*Bottled 3rd Jun ’10 with 100g Sugar priming.

The making of my Hot Liquor Tank (HLT), this is going to be the upper-most stage of my gravity-fed garage brewery, holding up-to 50 Litres with 2 heating elements, sight tube and ball-valve tap. This will eventually be Insulated and temperature controlled.

This first shot shows the first Element, a budget Kettle Element from Curry’s:
HLT construction
The Inside with element and other side of the Ball-Valve Tank connector with soldered-in copper pipe:
HLT construction
Both elements now fitted and doing a leak / heating up test:
HLT construction
The Polycarbonate sight glass tube fixed at the bottom with a Compression fitting and another Tank Connector, clipped on higher up with a 15mm Plastic pipe clip drilled and tapped out to screw onto a length of M10 Stainless studding (including nuts and washers):
HLT construction
I cut two holes in the lid, one for filling and another for sticking a spoon through to give it a stir. I decided I’d heat / Boil with the lid in place as it keeps the barrel’s shape better along with keeping the heat in, I shall eventually insulate the sides with Foil-backed Camping mats or something:
HLT construction
Element splash shrouds (and good for keeping fingers away) made from used Silicone Sealant tubes, I Just need to ‘seal’ them round with something.. maybe Silicone Sealant!:
HLT construction

The parts for this are as follows:
The Mango Chutney Barrels came from http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Smiths-of-the-Forest-of-Dean-Ltd__W0QQ_armrsZ1 I bought 2 as I’m sure I’ll find a use for the other even if its just storing malt.
I got the Polycarbonate tube from – http://www.theonestopplasticsshop.co.uk I have about 1.5m left over which I suppose I could sell but might just hang onto for a while in case I find any other uses.
The little white Pipe clip and Tank connectors was from ebay.
The Stainless nuts, stud and washers came from – http://www.a2stainless.co.uk
The Compression Elbow was from – http://www.tradingdepot.co.uk as it seemed to be the cheapest place.
🙂 I Just had to bend a little bit of copper pipe to join from the Tank connector to the Elbow 🙂
Copper pipe from the Local Plumbers merchants.
Temperature Controller on order from Hong Kong, so I can control 1 element and keep the liquor at a constant 80°C ideal for Mash & Sparge:
I got a couple of long ‘Hot Condition’ Kettle leads and a Temp Sensor from RS:
461-159   NTCH Liquid Probe. SS. Silicon Cable
406-219   Hot condition straight plug w/cordset,2m


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