Brewing American Wheat Beer At Home
Brewing American Wheat beer is all about introducing an American flavor to the more traditional German wheat beer. Having been introduced to the world a mere 10 years ago, American Wheat beers are still a new style. Brewing American Wheat beer can be a fun activity, especially if you give it your own personal twist. Some brewers, while brewing American Wheat beer, aim for a more American pale ale feel, making its flavor stand out more, and making use of hops innovatively.
The different Steps of Brewing American Wheat Beer at Home
When you get to collecting the ingredients, remember that the wheat malt is the most essential item. Even though mashing wheat is a little more tedious than malts, the result is well worth the effort. American wheat malt, or Rahr White wheat with Rahr 2-row Pale are good options. For pellets, the usual Willamette and Cascade should suffice, though many brewers use Tettnanger for a more bitter taste. The yeast for this drink is American Wheat Yeast, Wyeast #1010.
Now we move on to creating the mash, this is done by heating the wheat, and remember to add enough water as wheat mashes can get sticky. In case the mash becomes too dry, add enough hot water to make it runny again. This prepares your wort, which is now ready to be cooled. Do not forget to add the hops to the wort as these are essential ingredients in deciding the flavor and aroma of the drink. Remember to let the wort boil for an hour, before you allow it to cool and then transfer the wort into the fermenter, or the container in which the wort will remain while it is fermenting.
Add the yeast to the fermenter after the wort has reached room temperature, make sure you allow enough oxygen to enter the solution. This helps the fermentation process immensely. Now leave the fermenting wort alone for another two weeks, and then bottle it up and enjoy your very own home brewed American Wheat beer. If you have enough practice brewing beer at home then the process of brewing American wheat beer at home should be a breeze.