- Product Details
- Like their German cousins, American wheat beers feature large proportions of malted wheat in the grain bill and are naturally a bit cloudy in appearance. Unlike German Hefe Weizen, though, American wheat beers have a bit more hop character and are fermented with a milder-tasting yeast, resulting in a more clean, neutral finish. With a spicy noble hop aroma and tart finish, it's a spritzy, refreshing crowd-pleaser.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for American Wheat Beer Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1043 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
- 4.6 / 5.0263 ReviewsNot quite rightI followed the instructions to a "T", as I have on many batches of other kinds of beer before. For some reason my beer is quite dark, as it is more akin to an amber or IPA color. Also, even though everyone else says it's delicious, I definitely feel it's too sweet. It has an up-front sugary sweetness and molasses flavor that at least one of the other reviewers also experienced. I would probably only add 4.5 lbs of wheat LME (instead of the 6) next time. Otherwise it's drinkable, the hops in it are fine.July 22, 2011AwesomeFirst timer...was scarey at first! Got through it just fine, turn out to be a beer I'd go out and drink at a pub... Can't wait till the next kitApril 13, 2011Great tastingThis was a great tasting beer. This was my 4th home brew, and the first where I added something extra. On the suggestion of other commenters I added 3lbs of Orange Blossom Honey. The fermentation on this was insane.Two weeks primary. Two weeks secondary. Used Coppers Carb drops.Two weeks after bottling, it was fantastic. The carbonation isn't quite where I want it yet, but coming up on the third week after bottling, hopefully there will be more carb.With the honey addition, this one came in at around 7% abv.May 20, 2010Great Summer BrewAdd 1 oz of Citra at flame out to add a nice citrus note to an easy drinking beer.May 2, 2016Quick, Easy, and DeliciousThis was a quick down and dirty brew! Easy and fun to do, plus if you want to experament with beer this is the kit to do it with! I did the Lemon/Ginger variation and it turned out like Bud Light Lime, Not a bad Taco eating beer! I will be doing this "Juan" again!May 3, 2012ExcellentThis was an excellent beer. Brewed and added extract. Did half raspberry and half apricot and threw a dried apricot in each bottle. Very easy drinker, and now my wife doesn't complain as much when I'm buying more stuff from NB!September 2, 2010First timerGot this with my deluxe brewing kit and I went 3 weeks primary, and then straight to the bottles. Just tried them after a week of bottle conditioning and I am shocked by the flavor and carbonation. It is quite a different color than what it is shown, but it was very tasty! Nice hops up front, mellow easy to drink after taste!February 17, 2015Success!This was extremely easy, and very tasty. I had a couple of people tell me it was better than some of the beers they would buy at the store.I bottled half of it, and added coffee to the other half before I bottled it. I did a cold express with french roast coffee. This also turned out fantastic! I used enough coffee so there was just a subtle difference. This is a beer I will make again, especially when the warmer months are approaching. Great beer on a hot day.May 19, 2012Awesome, aged nicely.Great beer, a real crowd pleaser. I found that it aged nicely.December 13, 2009Good BeerThis was my 2nd batch of beer ive ever made. I dont really care much for wheat beers ( my buddy wanted to make it ) but it turned out really good actually.. i like it.. i ordered all the stuff to make another batch!March 22, 2010
- Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 10 answersWhat is included in this kit?BEST ANSWER: This kit comes with malt extract and hops. Then you can select yeast and priming sugar options on the drop down menus. There are no specialty grains and you would need equipment, cleaners, sanitizers, and bottle caps in addition, if needed.What is the typical fermenting time?BEST ANSWER: This beer is typically reading in approximately 4 weeks.Looking at kegging this beer, have read no need for priming with sugar. If so what is the Force carbon psi and then pour psi? thanks NEWBBEST ANSWER: Hi Will,
Most people force carb at about 30 psi for a few days, until the desired carbonation level is reached. After that, a good serving pressure is 8 -12 psi.
Hope that helps!
CharlesSecond guessing myself on this brew. Big hit of caramel, not sure if it's supposed to be there. Any feedback is appreciated, thanks.BEST ANSWER: Hi Andrew,
The caramel flavor could be from a couple of different things. Boiling too hard can cause the wort to caramelize. Older recipe kits can have some off flavors as well so it's best to brew our recipes within 3-4 months.I purchased the American Wheat Beer Extract Kit and the instructions do not mention anything about secondary fermentation. Is it not needed for this kit/beer recipe? Would it be a bad thing for the recipe if I did transfer to secondary fermentation?BEST ANSWER: This beer does not necessitate a secondary fermentation as it is meant to be served young. It also does not necessitate the secondary because wheat beers are naturally cloudy beers, so the secondary fermentation would be futile as far as clarification goes. Doing a secondary wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but it won't do much good. I hope that this helps!I'm thinking of purchasing this kit, what is the average ABV for this brew? Cheers.BEST ANSWER: The ABV runs 5-5.5%. This is an easy kit to brew and the beer was universally liked by folks whose tastes run from IPA to Porter.
I did a batch with Nottingham yeast from the Irish Red kit due to a problem with the yeast in the kit. This got rave reviews and was better than with the Safale if you want to try a variation.