I bottled Wheaton's Own HefeWheaton yesterday. Here are some notes I made:
- Lost about a gallon to trub. Not sure how that happened. I haven’t lost that much in a long time.
- Much more pale than I wanted. I was going for 10 SRM, but it’s closer to 5 SRM.
- Too early to know, but I don’t get any clove in the beer. There’s a faint hint of banana if I look for it.
- Looks like it’s about 5.1% ABV.
- This is going to be drinkable, for sure, but I’m not sure it’s going to be what I was hoping for.
- I think I may have collected 1 gallon too much from the mash tun, which is why the SRM is lower than I wanted.
- I’m sure the lack of clove flavour is from the fermentation temperature. I understand that WLP300 gives clove close to 70, and I struggled to keep fermentation below 80.
- I’m a little hard on myself, I know, because I was comparing my just-into-the-bottle brew with Mission’s Bavarian Hefeweitzen.
It should be ready just about the beginning of next month. I'm interested to see what flavours emerge after it's bottle conditioned for awhile.
Up next, another Arrogant Bastard clone. After that, I'm going to focus on brewing the same pale ale (probably Stone Pale Ale, from Greg's book) for a few batches in a row, in an effort to make the exact same beer; I understand this is sort of the holy grail of homebrewing.