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Offline Maybeebrewer2

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How do I make Wheat Beer without burning it?
« on: March 04, 2016, 05:33:22 PM »
I usually make beer with DME and grain and the boiling process is done on an electric range in a 20L stock pot. This is typically no problem. But when I attempted a Belgian Wit, the glutenous nature of the wheat and oats made it nearly impossible to not burn the bottom. Any tips out there?
I was wondering if I could sparge the wheat and put it aside while I boil the DME and hops, coriander and bitter orange separately - then mix them. Is this something anyone out there has tried?
Thanks. Any advice on this would be helpful.

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Re: How do I make Wheat Beer without burning it?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2016, 05:29:29 AM »
First, wheat and oats need to be mashed along with some base malt.  One of the reasons that you have a gelatinous mess on the bottom is that the grains reach a gel state and the starch is released, but it is not then converted to fermentable sugars. 

I know that Briess offers a Bavarian Wheat extract which would be ideal for making a wit.  Oats would be a different story and you would need to make a mini-mash in order to incorporate them into your recipe.
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Re: How do I make Wheat Beer without burning it?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2016, 12:35:25 PM »
Thank you for your advice, if I try Wit again, I will use wheat extract. But for now I'll stick to making beer out of barley malt.