Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bob’s 50th American Wheat

I had my youngest son, 17, and his cousin, 12, here to help me brew last week.  My nephew was really interested in how one brews, and couldn’t wait to try.
We have a 50th birthday party to attend in the middle of August, and most of the attendees will be Bud drinkers, with a couple that like craft beer.  So for this party I decided on a simple American Wheat recipe that most would enjoy.  Maybe even most of the Bud drinkers.


Myself, Nephew Jake & son Kyle


Questionable dots

I also found some questionable ‘dots’ on the top of my fermentor after it had bottomed out at a gravity reading of 1.010

My thought now is that these are nodules of yeast, as my sample for the hydrometer was clear, clean and tasted fine.  I’ll keep an eye on this.
What do you think?  Does this look like some sort of infection?  Experience this before?


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Bobs 50th Wheat

American Wheat or Rye Beer

Recipe by Jerry

Recipe Specs

Original Gravity Final Gravity Colour (SRM / EBC) Bitterness Alcohol by Volume
1.052 1.013 4.3 / 8.5 23.0 IBU 5.1%

Brewhouse Specs

Recipe Type Batch Size Boil Time Efficiency
All Grain 13.2 Litres / 3.5 Gal 60.0 min 55.0%


Name Type SRM Percentage Amount
American 2-Row Grain 1.8 50.00 % 1.98 Kg / 4.38 Lbs
Wheat Malt Grain 2.0 50.00 % 1.98 Kg / 4.38 Lbs


Name AA% Amount Use Time
Willamette 4.0% 24.66 g / 0.87 oz Boil 60 mins
Willamette 4.0% 12.47 g / 0.44 oz Boil 5 mins


Name Amount Use Time
Whirlfloc Tablet 6.24 g / 0.22 oz Boil 10 mins


Name Attenuation
Safale US-05 75 %

Mash Steps

Step Name Time Temperature Type
Saccharification Rest 60.0 min 65.0 °C / 149.0 °F Infusion


Homebrew Haul Part Duece

Other than my Flanders Red I brewed in mid June, I haven’t had a lot of time to do much on the homebrew front.  I can see now that summers living in Portland will be pretty busy, enjoying friends and family, and that is good.  Next year I’ll plan it out and do a bunch of brews leading up to summer, and then let them age a bit and bottle/keg when I can.
One thing I have done is buy some more brewing equipment.  My last post showed my first haul, a nice pickup from craigslist, see below:



I got a new used propane burner, two glass 5 gallon carboys, two keggles with valves, a 5lb CO2 tank (full), and a local brew starter kit (I already brew of course, but I like having another fermenter and misc equipment).
That was great, but now even better, especially for the price of $15, a friend of my wifes and mine found a steal at a yard sale.  She called my wife to ask if she should get it, and neither of them knew exactly what they were or what to call them, but they knew it was homebrew related and likely a good bargain.  They were right.
I introduce to you my new, old banged up, pin lock corny kegs, along with the proper fittings and hoses, and a couple of cases of bottles, and even a Hoff Stevens coupler – that gives me some ideas:

So now I am just short of a regulator to get back into kegging.  Of course, I do have a spare fridge I could use for the kegs, but we use that fridge for a lot of other things.  So my next item likely will be a used deep freezer that I can convert over.
My next brew day will be this Thursday, my son will be here from Houston, and my younger nephew (13 years old) is really excited to come over and learn about brewing.  We’ll be doing a light american wheat, something I can have ready for my brother-in-laws 50th birthday party in mid August.

Homebrew Haul

Always one to peruse craigslist for good deals, I finally came across one I couldn’t pass up.


There were two keggles with drain valves, two 5 gallon glass carboys, one propane stove (not pictured), a five pound full CO2 bottle (not pictured), a long poorly bent but likely effective immersion chiller, and a “starter” kit from a local homebrew shop.
The starter kit had an auto siphon (which I need a new one for my sour beers), old school hydrometer, thermometer, 8 gallon bucket, and various other odds & ends.
I cannot stand glass carboys, so I’ll sell these and replace them with better bottles.