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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 / 5.021 ReviewsGaarden hoeVary good recipe I would make it again. 2 weeks Primary 2 weeks secondary and two in the bottle. Tried it at 3 weeks in the bottle and it was perfect for the style of beer.January 25, 2018Purchased
3 months agoNot bad over timeAfter moving it to the secondary it smelled like poop……no really, then two weeks in secondary all was well…. No poop smell. Being a porter/stout kind of guy the beer was fine.September 23, 2017Purchased
8 months agoFantastic beerCompares favorably to Hoe Gaarden, so if that's what you are looking for, buy this kit. Mine turned out great. Just a hint of orange and corriander. Tastes like a thirst-quencher. Smooth and way too easy to drink, but I also love the use of Saaz hops which give it a distinct spicy-earthy flavor and aroma. All-around fantastic beer.August 2, 2017Purchased
9 months agoPerfect summer beerThis one is by far my favorite all-around beer so far!
It's easy drinking and mouth full of flavor which is a huge crowd pleaser. You'll surely be repeating this one. Simple to brew, no dry hops or anything to really get hung up on. Basic ale yeast with wide temp ranges.
One thing is that I use a metal strainer which I pour the cooled wort through from the boil kettle to catch the bulk of the non liquid ingredients, mostly the load of hops that soak up all the wort in my pale ales I've made. Simple and effective with the plus side of it air-rating the wort before adding the yeast, which is in a starter...This caught all the coriander seed and orange peel.
BTW I did NOT crush the coriander seed against the advice of the local brew shop and glad I didn't because for my taste, this is closer to a blue moon or shocktop this way. Less herbal than hoogarden.
Cheers.July 7, 2017Purchased
1 year agoPretty good, would make modifications next timeI used Wyeast WLP400 and followed the provided instructions. OG: 1.056, FG:1.012, ABV: ~5.8%. After 9 days in the bottle, I cracked one open to give it a try. It was already well carbonated. It poured more of an amber than the yellow you see in the picture. I was really happy with the Belgian yeast character from the WLP400. That said, I thought there was too much orange peel. I like Hoegaarden because the orange peel is very subtle. I'm not such a big fan of blue moon because I think the orange peel is way overdone. I think this brew ended up somewhere in between, probably closer to Hoegaarden though. If I brew this again, which I'm very interested in doing, I would make the following changes: Add the dry malt extract later in the boil to try to make it so it isn't as dark. Put the orange peel (and possibly the coriander) in a bag before adding it to the boil, and remove it before adding it to the fermenter. Alternatively, I might consider not putting the orange peel in a bag and just adding half the amount.March 7, 2017Purchased
1 year agoGood 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
1 year agoHoly 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
1 year agoSpot 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
1 year agoI 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, 2016
- Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 16 answersWhat is the final gravity for the Gaarden Hoe extract kit expected to be? I used Wyeast 3944.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.Do all your kits come with bottle caps included?BEST ANSWER: You have to order caps they do not come with the kitWhen 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: I just tossed it into the boil without a bag. When pouring into the fermenter I always use a large strainer and coffee filter to catch sediment, however the filter clogs very quickly, so it took about 8 or 9 to run the whole pot thru. Can't tell you how it turned yet out since it is still sitting in the secondary for the last two weeks now.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.