From the HBD Archive
From: aew@spitfire.unh.edu
Subject: Wheat Beer, Mixing Beers
Date: 1992-02-28 15:45:00 GMT

Fellow Homebrewers:

I have recently brewed a wheat beer that I was modeling after the
Austrailian wheat beer RedBack. My recipe was as follows:

7.75 lbs 66% Wheat 33% Barley malt extract syrup (bulk)
1.0 lb Crystal (Steeped + removed prior to boil)
1.0 lb Amber Unhopped Dried Malt
1.5 oz. Kent Goldings 5.6% Alpha Leaf hops (60 min boil - bittering)
.5 oz. Kent Goldings 5.6% Alpha Leaf hops (10 min boil - flavor)
.5 oz. Kent Goldings 5.6% Alpha Leaf hops ( 5 min boil - aroma)
.5 oz. Kent Goldings 5.6% Alpha Leaf hops ( aroma - see note)
.5 oz. Irish Moss (15 min boil)
.75 oz. Burton water salts - for water hardening - chill proofing
2 pkg. Doric Ale yeast (Started 2 hrs. prior to brewing)

Note: Last .5 oz. hops put in funnel/strainer and wort strained through
into carboy with cold water in it a la Papazian. Blow-off method was used.

My primary ferment started in 1 hour and was supprisingly vigorous for
36 hours. It finished in 48 hours. It has been fermenting slowly for 5
days and now has stopped blowing CO2 through the airlock at any
noticeable rate (less than 1 bubble every 3-4 mins) I took a
hydrommeter reading last night and it read
1.018. This seems high for a F.G. in comparison to my other beers of
the same approximate S.G. My question is, Do wheat beers commonly have
a higher F.G. than all Barley beers of simmilar S.G.s? Also, should I
consider my beer done? (The sample tasted great but was slightly
sweeter than I am used to - DUH of course there's more sugar in it.)
Should I go ahead and bottle or pitch in some Champagne yeast?

Second question: Two of my previous batches had flavors that made
combining them together in a glass seem a good idea (Like a Black and
tan or Light and Bitter) One was a lightly hopped brown ale and the
other was a highly hopped light bitter. When I combined the two the
combination tastes good, but within 5 minutes the entire glass fills
with a precipitate that looks like cold break. (Cloudy
white/translucent fuzzy clumps) Neither beer alone does this if poured
into a glass and left alone. This precipate will settle somewhat and
usually ends up settling to half the volume of the glass. It doesn't
change the taste of the mixture but is so visually disturbing that I
can't bear to drink it. I have tried combining several beers from both
batches (in small quantities to avoid ruining good beer:-) and always
get the same results. Has anyone ever had this happen to them? What is
it? Can I mix these beers and avoid this result. I really enjoy those
frist few sips before the beer 'explodes'!

Thanks in advance,
Allan Wright
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