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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 / 5.0271 ReviewsSpouses FavoriteThis my spouses favorite brews as she doesn't like a beer with a lot of hops.November 4, 2017Purchased
3 months agoThis ale rocks!This wheat beer instantly became my every day beer. I love it as is...crisp and clean. I've also added 1/4 lb of carapils malt to a batch and it was smooth as silk. I've added 3 lbs of blueberry puree...very nice and subtle. I just added jalapeños to a batch...perfect match up. This wheat ale rocks!October 2, 2017Purchased
3 months agoNice and refreshingGreat warm weather or just easy drinking beer. Funny how pics on line are so much clearer. No biggie my looks like it got lots of body but it just looks. I'm doing yeast starter on all my brews so I get lot of activity through fermentation and great final gravitates at the end. I'm also force carbonating so maybe not as much settling as bottling. Just ordered again going to try a little oak for some wood bitterness seems like it would be a nice touch.September 11, 2017Purchased
5 months agoMy son really likes this and we only started brewing it 3 weeks agoAugust 21, 2017Purchased
5 months agoThis beer is descent but not what I was expectingThis beer is really light on flavor. I was hoping for a stronger flavor. I might've added to much water to the wort during the fermentation stage. I was hoping it would taste like deschutes American wheat beer.August 10, 2017Purchased
6 months agoCan't go wrong. My favorite beer.You can't go wrong with this ale. It was my first brew and I keep coming back to it. The wheat and hops are smooth and refreshing. Stock up.June 23, 2017Purchased
7 months agoVery 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
11 months ago2nd brew!this was the second kit i ever tried. i went by the book because i'm new to this but i think in the future i will add fruit and play with this recipe a bit. As is this is a crowd pleasing easy drinker. my wife who is a fruity wheat beer kind of gal loved this brew. as well as a couple of my buddies who know good beer. i have a beach trip planned in july and i'm gonna try to have 2 of these batches ready for then. maybe try some lemons or raspberries. can't wait. highly recommend this especially in the summer time.March 13, 2017Purchased
1 year agoGreat productsAs always, the products from Norther Brewer are great quality that continue to help me produce great beer.October 12, 2016Wrong Malt Extract Included in KitBought this for my dad for Christmas with the deluxe starter kit. Struck out on the gift as he never used it so I went by and took the starter kit. The malt extract seemed very dark for this beer, but since it was my first time I was not a fitting judge of its color. After brewing and tasting I can confirm it was the wrong malt extract. Likely the Carribou Slobber which isn't bad, just wasn't the right beer.September 26, 2016Response from Northern BrewerI'm not going to publish this review, as a possible kit-build error made 3 years ago is not really relevant to current buyers of this beer kit. I wonder if the malt was darkened from age, if this is the kit purchased in 2013 that we're talking about here. Was the beer kit an American Wheat, or was the whole beer kit wrong, like we sent the Caribou Slobber kit? It is unlikely, but possible, that the wrong malt was sent. Was it labeled as Wheat malt extract? Let me know, I'm just trying to figure out exactly was wrong here. Any beer kit that was 3 years old would be well past it's prime for brewing, and the results would be less-than-awesome, of course. We would have recommended replacing a few components if a person was going to brew a kit produced in 2013, for better results. -Mike W, Northern BrewerNovember 21, 2016Northern Brewer
- Browse 12 questions Browse 12 questions and 28 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.)Would 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.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!What is the final gravity or alcohol by volume estimate for the American wheat beer?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!
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.