The Summer Sunset Orange Wit is about 4 pints away from blowing the keg so it's time to brew something light to replace it. To be honest, I don't like Wits (Sorry Stephen!) and American Wheat beers seem to be getting lots of attention so a wheat beer it is.
Now, as much as people like wheat beers, they may not necessarily want to drink one with the word Death in the name so here's the explanation. Almost everyone reading this is going to have a lawn. Very low alcohol beers are sometimes called "lawnmower beers" meaning that you can have one when you mow the lawn. Well, I don't have a lawn, I have weeds and I've been battling them for 4 years. This year my father in law gave me a mixture of round up and some other chemicals that I'm sure will pollute the ground water for years to come, but I won't have any weeds! So, instead of "Lounge Lizard Larry's Lawnmower Libations" I opted for "Weed Death Wheat Ale", a name that was partially born out of my buddy Steve's suggestion of "Wade's Weed Death Mixture".
The yeast starter was created last night and is spinning dizzily on the stir plate. Brewday is Sunday while I smoke 16 pounds of pork butt (Yes Steve, I said pork butt). Here's the label and the recipe.
Weed Death Wheat Ale
6-D American Wheat or Rye Beer
Author: Wade L. Williams
Size: 10.56 gal
Calories: 166.16 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.050 (1.040 - 1.055)
Terminal Gravity: 1.012 (1.008 - 1.013)
Color: 6.63 (3.0 - 6.0)
Alcohol: 4.91% (4.0% - 5.5%)
Bitterness: 22.3 (15.0 - 30.0)
10.5 lb Pale Ale Malt
10.5 lb White Wheat Malt
2 lb Vienna Malt
1.5 oz Sterling (7%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient (AKA Fermax) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
1.5 oz Sterling (7%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
2.0 ea White Labs WLP320 American Hefeweizen Ale
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