Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LemonDrop Hefe

Partial ingredients
I stopped by Jay's Brewing recently to pick up some bottle caps, and picked up some WLP300 yeast in the Pure Pitch packaging as well, for a hefeweizen I'm going to brew.  My experience has been that with hefes, the liquid yeast works best.  Jillian was kind enough to provide some instruction regarding how to prep the yeast for use, and I promised to read the packaging again when it got to be brew day.

I've brewed hefes before...or rather, in some cases I've attempted a hefe (here, here, and here).  The big take-away so far is, don't use the WB-06 if you're looking for a good solid hefe yeast...definitely go liquid.  I've tried Jasper's stuff, and I wanted to try something else, as well.  The folks down at Jay's have the White Labs Pure Pitch in stock, so I thought I'd give that a shot.  I wanted to try a hefe using the LemonDrop hops I got from Nicobrew, using the first wort hopping technique.  I'm hoping that with a lower alpha acid percentage than the German Perle, a bit more of the hops won't be too much bittering.

Brew Day: 3 Feb 2016

Partial Mash:
12 oz Pilsner malt
1.5 oz flaked wheat

I followed my usual partial mash process.

Boil (60 min):
1 lb Bavarian wheat DME
7 g LemonDrop hops (AA: 4.4%) (FWH)

Yeast: WLP300 Pure Pitch

I followed my usual process for cooling the wort and pitching the yeast.

Addendum, 4 Feb: A LOT of activity within the first 12 hrs of fermentation!  So much so that I had to swap out the blow-off bottle.  Things are going pretty well, although I am going to have to move the fermenter and do some clean up...and people laughed at me when I said I was putting my fermenters in a bathtub!  ;-)

Addendum, 5 Feb: Fermentation appears to have settled down quite a bit.  I'll very likely remove the blow-off tube and add an airlock later today or tomorrow.

Addendum, 15 Feb: Bottled today.  Got two 22 oz bottles and 6 12 oz bottles.  Smelled really good during bottling, but it was also really clear.  We'll see if this one finishes with the cloudiness associated with the style.

Addendum, 29 Feb: First taste.  Poured a golden straw yellow color, billowy non-persistent head.  Light citrusy-clean taste, no bitterness, no bitter aftertaste.  Very clean, slightly reminiscent of a fruity cleanness, very easy drinking.  Carbonation is good.  Definitely a keeper.

Addendum, 18 Apr: Opened one of the 22 oz flip top bottles tonight, and went through that one pretty quickly.  Today's high was 81 deg F and I had cleaned the truck tonight, so I was thirsty.  I had a regular 12 oz bottle with dinner, and the head was pretty smooth and creamy.  Right after pouring the beer and for the first couple of sips, I got a good whiff of banana, but after a few minutes, it tapered off.  The beer was still very enjoyable, smooth and light, with the right body.


  1. Curious for more explanation on the WB-06. I just brewed a hefe last Saturday and used WB-06 for the first time.

  2. Craig,

    I'd used the WB-06 before, and didn't get the hefe-like results I was looking for. I'd done some reading that suggested that if I moved the beer into secondary, off of the trube, after about a week of active fermentation, that the results would be better. I didn't get that.

    Again, the WB-06 seems to be a good wheat beer yeast, but not so much for a hefe. Interestingly enough, the Belgian golden ale I did (the first one) with T-58 yeast turned out REALLY well, and I get a nose full of banana when I pour it into a glass.

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