I also think that the type and amount of hops lent itself to a spicier flavor in the beer.
For this one, I'm looking at a total grain weight of just over 2 lb, and I'd like to get a bit better head retention. I also opted to use a different yeast, in hopes of getting something a bit closer to notes of banana and clove that you usually find in hefeweizens.
Brew Day: 28 July
Partial Mash - 1 lb of grain in muslin bag, strike temp of 156 - 158 deg F for 1 hr (in a cooler)
8 oz German Pale Ale malt
4 oz Rahr Red Wheat malt
2 oz carapils
Boil - 60 min
1 lb Bavarian Wheat DME (=~ 1.5 lb grain)
4 g German Perle (@ 60 min)
Jasper Yeast JY074 - 5 gal pitch, pitch ~1/2 of container.
This time, I tried something a little different with respect to aeration of the wort. I filled the fermenter about 1/3 of the way up, and then removed the transfer hose. I put a piece of sanitized aluminum foil over the top of the fermenter, and aerated the wort. This created a bit of foam, but that died down as I added the rest of the wort. With the yeast, I had removed the container from the fridge and allowed it to come up to about room temperature, and kept it well mixed. I then pitched around half of the container (maybe a little less).
|Hefeweizen, 29 July|
Addendum, 31 July: The bubbles flowing through the blow-off tube has settled down quite a bit, so I replaced the blow-off tube with an air lock. In under a minute, the cap was pushed up slightly, and floating after that...a good sign. ;-)
Addendum, 6 Aug: I ran across this really interesting read today on what goes into a good hefeweizen. What I like most about it is that it goes through the process of making different award-winning hefes, and then follows up with an option for those of us without the equipment to follow the process.
Addendum, 11 Aug: Bottled today. Dissolved 1 oz of table sugar in 1/2 cup of boiling water, put that in a fermenter. After giving it time to cool down, I racked the hefe into the fermenter, and then let it set for about 15 min. I then bottled normally. Ended up with 10 bottles.
Tasting Notes, 25 Aug: Foamy, non-persistent head, good carbonation...so good, that after opening the bottle, some of the beer bubbled out of the bottle. Mild, non-persistent lacing. Definite banana aroma, still trying to figure out how it finishes. I may leave that to the next taste test. Terri likes it, definitely a keeper.