Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Easiest Hefeweizen in the World

Dang, I love simplicity. This is the easiest recipe I've ever used, and it's the best hefeweizen I've ever tasted. It can truly be called a close clone for Franziskaner or Paulaner. Hefeweizen, for those of you who are not beer geeks, is a type of ale made from a mix of malted barley and wheat. It's naturally hazy due to the wheat and the special strain of yeast used. Originating in Bavaria, it's been around for hundreds of years because it rocks.

I've brewed hef many times, and it's been good, don't get me wrong. But this is just too good and too easy not to share. The main ingredient is Thomas Coopers Brewmaster Selection Wheat Beer Hopped Malt Concentrate, 3.75-Pound Can

To prepare, simply dissolve the Briess Wheat Dry Malt Extract 3lbs
in a gallon of boiling water, then add the wheat beer kit and stir until well mixed. Top up to 5.5 gallons with cold water and pitch a nice starter of White Labs 300 - Hefeweizen yeast. Make no mistake, the yeast is the clincher. If you use something else you'll get something else. Word. If you use this yeast you'll get a fruity, bready, delicious Bavarian-style Hef.

P.S. If you are a homebrewer whose self-esteem is based on making beer absolutely from scratch, this recipes not for you. It utilizes a beer kit and you'll be ready to pitch the yeast in about 10 minutes. If you're a homebrewer who wants to drink tasty hefeweizen and don't give a freak what people think, come give me a high-five. Then make this beer.

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