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A traditional recipe makes this witbier beer kit irresistible. The use of classic wheat and pilsner malts give this beer an incredibly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The moderate strength of this beer makes it a great beer for sipping on a hot summer afternoon. Late additions of coriander and bitter orange peel really round out the slightly tart flavors from the yeast. The use of Saaz hops adds faint spiciness that balances perfectly with spice additions.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Gaarden Hoe Witbier Complete Instructions Regional Style Belgian Original Gravity 1048 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.8 / 5.018 ReviewsI love itI can't believe how awesome it is! Word of caution! It was stupid that we did not put the orange peel and the little beads of whatever it was in a bag. I plugged the heck out of our pumps. Stupid decision on my part but hopefully nobody else will make the same mistake. I kegged it and it is deeeeeeeelicious!!!! It tastes pretty much exactly like HOE GAARDEN!August 25, 2016We've got a winner3 weeks in primary, 1 week bottle conditioning and I finally popped one open to give it a try . This is a great version of the original. The coriander aroma is spot on with a nice hint of the orange at the finish. This one is definitely going to be a repeat brew. Thanks Northern Brewer we've got a winner.February 21, 2016Holy Cow I made Real Beer!I'm new to all this beer making. 25 years ago, before internet and information age and forums I made beer that tasted like it should have been submitted for a urinalysis instead of consumed. Since them I've made a few batches recently and they taste like, well...home brewed beer. I thought I'd try this kit since it got good reviews. My wife might like it and friends even though I'm an IPA and Belgian Ale lover. I drink good beer. I can't drink Bud or Coors or Miller. I did this in a five gallon batch with the NB extract kit. I am a meticulous person so I followed their directions to the letter. EXCEPT I only left it in secondary for ten days rather than two weeks, I was impatient. I used Weis markets spring water. I did my boil as directed, used an old hand coffee grinder to give a coarse grind to the coriander. I fermented at 66 degrees in a 6.5 gallon carboy and did the secondary at the same temp in a 5 gallon carboy. I also kegged it, my first time doing so. After three days at 20psi it's the right carbonation. It's pours a hazy very pale yellow with a small head. The aroma is one of coriander and slight orange notes, with a bit a of very light malty/grassy essence. The palate is smooth, the taste crisp. My OG was 1.046 and FG after secndary was 1.005. These numbers are a bit off but that might be because I used a refractometer and not a gravity scale in a tube as most folks do. Don't matter...this is incredible and I will surely, surely make this again. Thank you NB for making this neophyte look like he knows what he's doing : )February 12, 2017Purchased
6 months agoI will be Brewing this one again!I've been looking for a good Wit recipe for a while now and this turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Me and a friend brewed this on 8/4/15 and kegged it on 8/22/15. This is an easy drinker, and great on a summer day with or without an orange slice. Brew notes: We used the White Labs Wit yeast, got an O.G. of 1.056, and F.G. of 1.010. We did a course grind on the coriander with a hand crank coffee grinder. I was a little worried that adding the bitter orange peel during the boil would end up with an overpowering orange flavor, but it turned out just right with a hint of the orange on the backend. This one is definitely going to be added to the regular rotation in my Keezer.August 30, 2015Best witbier yetThis is my third different attempt at a Belgian witbier. By far the best outcome and it stands up to its namesake. Easy to make.September 30, 2015Good brew and easy to doVery similar to the original and a great summer beer that is nice any time of year. I have made this a couple of times and it has been good each time. It will be one of my regulars.February 14, 2017Purchased
6 months agoA winner!One of my favorites! I'll be making it again.June 28, 2016OutstandingExcellent! I just poured my first pint and could not be more pleased and am looking forward to sharing a few with my buddies. Hoegaarden is my favorite beer and this recipe nails it. I will definitely be brewing this again throughout the summer. Well done!May 22, 2016Spot On WitVery tasty and easy to brew. I actually forgot how easy an extract beer is as I have lived in the all grain arena for quite some time now. I thought it tasted exactly like I thought it should. Yes, put the peel and coriander in a hop bag and fish out at the end just like you would hops. I probably could have bottled this 2 weeks after making but I got really busy and it was more like 2 months when I got around to it. It tastes great, I will make more!January 21, 2017Purchased
9 months ago
Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 15 answersWhen Brewing this do you put the coriander and orange peel in a bag or directly into the wort and transfer it all into the fermenter?BEST ANSWER: PS - as a follow on to the answer I just posted, I had bought this kit almost 1 and a half years ago, and it got hidden on the shelf until I rediscovered it last month. Since there were no liquid ingredients I decided to go ahead and see how it turns out even thought it is old. I purchased the recommended Wyeast liquid yeast locally - did not use the dry yeast in the kit. One thing that did note was that the primary fermentation seemed to have stopped after 3 days, and on day 7 I transferred to the secondary. it immediately 'perked' up and bubbled strong for the next 10 days. It still is slowly bubbling after 2 weeks, so its still got a ways to go before I can tell if it is any good after its long wait to be used!Ive had Gaarden Hoe in the primary for 10 days now. It still has a good layer of krausen and it still bubbles about once every thirty seconds. I was thinking that the krausen should have fallen by now or is this normal?BEST ANSWER: Lennard,
In my opinion, you need to leave it in the primary for a full two weeks then check your gravity. If you did not take and original gravity, two weeks should be long enough under normal temp conditions to complete primary fermentation.Does this kit include honey?BEST ANSWER: No. The kit includes wheat DME and pilsen DME for fermentables.
If you need to check what the kits include you can always click on "additional information" - NB lists their complete instructions and ingredients there!I have this bottled now for 7 days and opened the first bottle and it is flat, tastes great just flat. Stored at 70 degrees and followed the directions accurately. Any idea?BEST ANSWER: First guess, poor mixing in the bottling bucket led to inconsistent carbonation. Try a couple other bottles. Second guess is that you just need to give it a few more days. If it tastes good, like beer and not sweet, then chances are you'll get some carbonation yet.Currently in secondary now. Has been for 8 days. It has really darkened up though. It almost looks like a darker amber style beer. I was looking forward to a wheat beer look. (The pre-secondary taste was FANTASTIC BTW!). Is there a simple explanation for the darker color or is it one of those "it could be anything" type of answers. Thanks.BEST ANSWER: What are you using for primary and secondary fermentato on vessels? If your primary is a white bucket and secondary is a clear carboy then the beer may only have appeared lighter because it was able to transmit white light being reflected off of the bucket. This is only a wild guess however. I would recommend you reserve judgment until you bottle - or until you can pour into a glass and hold it up to some light. Good luck, and whatever the color I hope it tastes good.What is the preferred yeast to use with this recipe? There are three options....BEST ANSWER: Any of the options listed will produce good beer. Which yeast you select is largely based on personal preference.