Monday, February 26, 2007

Oy Vey! Winter Comes at Last!

We had this odd pause, where the Nevada winter went on hold for a month, and we were left in a seasonal limbo. And now it’s back again—4 inches (9 cm) in 4 hours and projected to continue until tomorrow afternoon. So much for the first day back at work.

Ein Heffe bitte

The first batch came out decently. More of a bitter hops flavor and not quiet as much wheat flavor as I had been hoping for. The solution: Add twice as much wheat extract and reduce the hops boiling time in the wort. The result: Good. Still a little more hops than I like, but a respectable amount of wheat in the mouth taste, and a decent body to boot.

At any rate, thanks to RH for holding my hand through the process.

My ideal is to do the perfect homemade pizza with the perfect Heffe. What I need to do is get a hold of the actual Weiher\nstephaner yeast—which is available commercially—to get the complete German flavor that I am looking for.

Making progress, and enjoying the taste!

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