Perfecting 6…

A few posts back I was planning on brewing all 80 recipes from JZ’s book Brewing Classic Styles. However, I couldn’t figure out where to start let alone how many fermenters I would need or how I was going to consume all that beer. Then the boys at were talking about getting back to the basics and picking 5 beers and perfecting them. After a couple days of reading JZ’s book I found 6 recipes that I wanted to brew but couldn’t slim it down to the final 5 so I decided to leave it at 6.  Those 6 are Blonde Ale, American Wheat, American Pilsner, Irish Ale, Bier De Garde, and a Dry Stout.

I’ll post as I brew them and then add brewing notes to the comments.  This Saturday I will be brewing with Ted Saxe.  We’ll be brewing the American Wheat.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: American Wheat
Brewer: Jeff Mitchell
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 13.79 gal
Post Boil Volume: 12.74 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 11.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 11.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 3.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 19.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 83.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 50.0 %
10 lbs Wheat - Red Malt (Briess) (2.3 SRM) Grain 2 50.0 %
2.00 oz Willamette [5.60 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 16.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [11.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 4 3.1 IBUs
0.50 oz Willamette [5.60 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 5 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Wheat Ale (Wyeast Labs #1010) [ Yeast 6 -

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 20 lbs
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 25.00 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (3.05gal, 6.90gal) of 168.0 F water

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