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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 / 5.0267 ReviewsSuccess!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, 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, 2010Not 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, 2011Great for adding flavorsThis was my 3rd homebrew and without a doubt my best yet. I cut my bittering hopps in half as i didnt want any bitterness in this beer and i added 1lb of wheat dme and 2oz of blueberry flavoring and i couldnt be happier with the result. Beer came out at about 5.6% and the blueberry flavor is perfect not overpowering at all. Everyone who has tried it has loved it. We blew through 2 cases so fast it is going to have to be my 4th homebrew as well....ordering now then to caribou slobber.November 8, 2012GreatGreat kit. Easy to brew. My friends can't believe it's home brew. Will probably make another batch this summer with some orange peel.February 12, 2011great beer for MeI did a full boil followed recipe to a T except I used Safale us-05 and safbrew WB-06. The color is darker light amber with a little orange tint. I love the bitter is just right for me. It reminds Me of drinking Blue paddle which is 8 to 9 dollars a six pack 12 oz. bottles here in Arkansas. OG 1043 FG 1009 fermented at 70-72 F ABV 4.46% if my math is right. Over all great wheat Beer for MeJune 15, 2014Good example of styleA good example of the style, this uses the basic wheat base, fermenting cleanly with almost no yeast esters in order to showcase America's favorite ingredient: Hops. Citrus, somewhat bitter, bit of a puckery tongue sensation from the hops. Good summer brew for hop lovers and ester haters.July 26, 2016Very Simple and Great BeerNo complaints whatsoever about the American Wheat Extract Kit! The batch was incredibly simple to make, ferments in two weeks, and wasn't too cloudy for a homebrew. We're still waiting to taste the batch after cabonation, but early tastes indicate that this will be a smooth and crisp beer.March 21, 2017Purchased
6 months agoAwesomeFirst 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, 2010
Browse 12 questions Browse 12 questions and 27 answersI'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.What 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.I am new to brewing and have my first batch in the primary now (only 1 week) I see in the reviews of this product that some have added citrus flavors ets. How do you do this? Is there additonal flavor kits you can order?BEST ANSWER: There's an unlimited variety of additions to beer, however, this being your first batch, I'd say stick with the basics. Get your process down - especially sanitizing!
I brewed this recipe last year exactly as the recipe instructed and it was a great, easy drinking beer....No need to fuss with it, IMO.
If you're hell bent on experimenting, go for it. Get the BeerSmith application and check the forums there - lots of great information from people who've been there, done that. Lots of additions are made late boil, but there's a lot you can do while the beer is in secondary too (I added fresh mangos to a pale ale in secondary...yum!)
Bottom line is just keep brewing! Good luck!
(I've been enjoying this hobby for 20 years. Recently made the switch from extract to all grain.)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 about trying this kit. I have an 8 gallon kettle, and I was wondering if I could do a full boil with that capacity, rather than a partial boil as the instructions state?BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. This is a tasty beer and from what I have read, that should make it even a bit tastier. I think most folks would suggest that you cut back on the hop additions by maybe 20%.All extracts I've made so far I've used the dry yeast. What would the difference in using one of the other "liquid" yeast choices?BEST ANSWER: Liquid yeast are generally quicker to take hold in the wort because they contain many more active yeast. Supposedly this quicker actions results in less 'off' flavors. If you use a yeast starter kit, I wouldn't even worry about dry or wet, just go with the best for your situation. Dry will last longer before spoiling. Everyone should use a yeast starter IMO.Please pardon the long "question" - but had an interesting experience with this kit, and welcome any comment or feedback. I'm a novice at brewing. I followed the directions exactly and fermented for 2 weeks, at which point I bottled about 10 (primed with sugar), and kegged the rest, which I force carbed. The result was very drinkable - good - but not really what I was looking for. Tasted like an IPA to me, which is not my thing. Poured from the keg over several weeks - no real change. Meanwhile, the bottles sat at 65-67 temp. After about 8 weeks, I opened a bottle. About the same. But after 10 weeks, something miraculous happened. Opened another bottle and it was FANTASTIC. Less bitter, and the hop flavor toned down, but still definitely there. My brother in law (more of a beer connoiseur than me, though not a brewer, but also not an IPA guy), did the 8 and 10 weeks tests along with me and agreed there was a world of difference in the bottles between 8 and 10 weeks. I want to try it again, but don't want to tie up one of my two kegs for 10 weeks - may have to bottle the whole next batch. Maybe the bottling/sugar was key somehow, as opposed to kegging? Or maybe the aging corrected some earlier error I made in the brewing/fermenting process?BEST ANSWER: All I can say is that I've brewed this beer many times and my best results came from 4-5 weeks fermenting (2-3 weeks primary and 2-3 weeks secondary). After fermenting, left 2 weeks in kegs and/or bottles. Never noticed a difference between bottles or kegs or bitterness. If your into the experimenting a little, you could always brew the same beer with different hops. Beertutor has a great quick reference hops guideWhat 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!
CharlesWould this make a good base beer for a lemon shandy?BEST ANSWER: I think it would. Every time I make it I only use half an oz of the cascade hops at 30 minutes to keep the hop flavor down. I use it for a strawberry wheat.Second 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.What is the final gravity or alcohol by volume estimate for the American wheat beer?