Friday, July 1, 2011


Left : hoppy wit
Right : hoppy wheat ale

I brewed hoppy wit and hoppy wheat ale last month using, 10kg grain 50% wheat malt 50% pilsner malt. I halved the batch into two and brewed twice that day.
After each brew I syphoned into 2 different fermenters to have exactly the same wort in them from 2 separate brews. As I pitched different yeast (saf-dry wit and us-05) they started fermenting, but what made me surprised was that, the each colour of the wort I could see from outside of the fermenting bucket were different. 
Usually colour difference of the beers are from how much/what kind of roasted malt you put into your brew and never heard that the yeast affect the colour.

Guess it was because the bucket wasn't clear container, I thought it was the colour difference I had in my mind. Each beer started from the same wort, hence the colour of the beers are the same and the difference in these beer was the clarity level. 
The hoppy wit in the fermenter looked darker in the fermenter as it didn't let the light go through as much as the another hoppy wheat ale, because ale yeast make the beer clearer than wit or hef yeast.

by the way this is the recipe for these wheat beer.

Amt Name

2.5 kg Pilsner Malt

2.5 kg Wheat Malt

10.00 g Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days

15.00 g Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days

20.00 g Motueka [7.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min

15.00 g Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min

10.00 g Motueka [7.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min

10.00 g Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min

10.00 g Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min

10.00 g Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min


  1. So did you split the malt and do 2 separate brews? or did you make 1 brew and split the wort into 2 fermenters?

  2. I split the malt, so I brewed twice with 5kg grain each and I separated/syphoned after boil, to 2 fermenters both times. No matter how different the each brew will be, I separated and mixed the 1st and 2nd brew in the fermenter, then they will be the same wort.