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Brewed: Hoppy Wheat

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
While leaf citra hops.

While leaf citra hops.

I brewed Hoppy Wheat for the first time in April of this year. That first brewing went well but I screwed up bottling. I under-carbbed. I was supposed to add 4.5 ounces of priming sugar but for some reason I wrote down in my notes and used .45 ounces. I never gave that beer a chance.

The day that I brewed this beer was only a day after I brewed Alpha Acid Aspirations – Eagle. Since Eagle uses a heaping helping of Amarillo, I changed the hop in Hoppy Wheat to Citra. I have almost two pounds of the hop and I didn't want to be “stuck” with 10 gallons of Amarillo centered beer. I like variety.

Outside of the hop change from Amarillo to Citra, nothing different between the two recipes or brew days. Enjoy!


  • 2013-08-10: dry hopped with 2.00 ounces Amarillo, 0.50 ounces Citra
  • 2013-08-18: bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar, 2 cups of water. Yielded 26, 22 ounce, 2, 16 ounce. Gravity at 1.009
  • 2013-08-30: tasted, hops are old

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Brewed: Hoppy Wheat

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

A hoppy wheat beer has been a long time coming. With Three Floyds Brewing Company less than an hour away, hopped up brews are part of the local American craft beer scene. Of course this has crept into my home brewing (Alpha Acid Aspirations line of DIPAs I have been working on). To this point I haven’t tried to emulate any of the FFF beers, merely using the hoppiness as inspiration.

Gumball Head is an American wheat beer that is darn tasty. In spite of my proximity to the brewery, I have a hard time picking this beer up locally. It sells that fast. I researched this beer on the internet, finding many different recipes and even more thoughts on the best way to duplicate this beer. I settled on the recipe below (still not 100% sure on the dry hops) but also have a second recipe that I will be brewing sometime this summer (and based on what I think of this one).

This recipe is quite wheat forward. I had some apprehensions with that amount of wheat, thinking that the bread/wheat aroma during the mash might over power the beer in both aroma and flavor. Enjoy!

General Information
Brew Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale U-05
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.040
IBU: 24.9
Color: 4.2 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 4.4%
Primary Fermentation: 21 days @68*F
Secondary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
4.00# 2-Row
4.00# Red Wheat
0.50# Crystal 20L
0.50# Flaked Wheat

Saccharification Rest @ 150*F for 60 minutes.

Hop Bill:
1.50oz Amarillo (8.5) first wort hop
1.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) @10 minutes
1.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) @1 minute

2.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) dry hop for 7 days
0.50oz Galaxy (14.0%) dry hop for 7 days

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min.
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 min.

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