Monday, February 25, 2013

#74: Smoked Hefe

Been trying to brew this the last two weekends.  Finally got it done...

This is a style I've wanted to try since I had a smoked Berliner Weisse (Freigeist Abraxxxas by Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle).  Though I'd really like to go for a Berliner Weisse, I decided I liked the smoky with the wheat enough to experiment with a hefe-like brew as my first cut.  I have found that there are a few instances of this style out there, but none that I've had my hands on.  I used the cherrywood smoked malt that I've used for the Sue smoked porter clone.  I really like the flavor of that more than the peat smoked malt.  This may really suck, but I have a feeling it will really rule.  I may submit this for the CSB contest if I like it.  I am trying to brew beers right now with the thought of using them for that contest, and am intentionally picking styles I've never seen CSB brew, since their intent is putting the grand prize winner in their rotation.  Wouldn't make sense to make something they already make is my theory, as they'll be less likely to pick it...

My efficiency stinks again.  My mash temps were great (150 for 90 minutes), so I'm thinking I may need to get a finer mill (maybe have the LHBS pass it through twice) or my pH might be off.  The last several have missed by quite a bit, but this one is still within the range of what I wanted, so life is good.  Here's what we have:

Smoky Hefe                                                      
American Wheat or Rye Beer


Type: All Grain Date: 2/25/2013
Batch Size: 4.00 gal
Boil Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Time: 60 min

Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 33.33 %
2.00 lb Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM) Grain 22.22 %
2.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 22.22 %
1.00 lb Wheat, Torrified Red (1.5 SRM) Grain 11.11 %
0.50 lb Caramel Malt - 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 5.56 %
0.50 lb Smoked Malt, Cherrywood (5.0 SRM) Grain 5.56 %
0.50 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 13.3 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.00 %] (15 min) Hops 6.0 IBU
0.50 oz Liberty [4.00 %] (5 min) Hops 1.9 IBU
1.00 tsp Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Wheat Ale (WB-06) Yeast-Wheat
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.043 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.043 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.06 %
Bitterness: 21.2 IBU Calories: 189 cal/pint
Est Color: 7.5 SRM


  1. Hmm ... a smoked Hefe is not something I would have thought of, but it sounds good.

  2. Bottled today. Hit 1.006, so about 4.5%. Perfect! Taste is spot on... Hefe with a subtle smokiness. I may up the smoke on the next go, but wanted to play conservative this time. 35 bottles... Glad I got the new Fast Rack and vinator. Really sped things up. Not sure why I hadn't made that purchase prior.