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Old 17-10-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am new to brewing and got in to with as my neighbors do it.

Currently I am only doing beginners kits and I am looking to brew more pale beer / lager rather than the darker beers.

One of my favorite tipples is the Hoegaarden and I am trying to get close to a clone with the kit I have got.

I did some research in to what to get however I am in need of a little more help:

Kit List
  1. Muntons 500g Wheat Spraymalt
  2. BrewFerm Wheat Beer 15ltr
  3. Curacao Bitter Orange peel Cut 100g
  4. Coriander Seeds 100g

The peel is "dried" in a package and the seeds I think are whole in a vacuum pack.

So now to my questions:
  1. To add the peel and coriander seeds it talks about adding 15 minutes from the end of a boil however as I am doing this with a kit can I just boil them in 1 - 2 L of water for 10 mins?
  2. Do I need to crush the Coriander Seeds?
  3. Do I need to boil them in a muslin bag or straight in the water?
  4. The spray malt is a replacement for sugar. Is that for both the main stage 1 fermentation and the bottling process or just for one?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 21-10-2015, 10:32 PM   #2
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So now to my questions:
  1. To add the peel and coriander seeds it talks about adding 15 minutes from the end of a boil however as I am doing this with a kit can I just boil them in 1 - 2 L of water for 10 mins?
  2. Do I need to crush the Coriander Seeds?
  3. Do I need to boil them in a muslin bag or straight in the water?
  4. The spray malt is a replacement for sugar. Is that for both the main stage 1 fermentation and the bottling process or just for one?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.
1. Yes but maybe add a bit of malt extract.
2. Yes
3. Either, but strain them out somehow. A sieve would work.
4. Just the main fermentation.

The key ingredient is the yeast in this kind of beer. It will be wel worth splashing out on a liquid Witbier yeast, like Wyeast 3944, or Whitelabs WLP400 or 410.

It really will make a massive difference.


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Old 22-10-2015, 06:34 AM   #3
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Have you worked out how much peel and coriander seed you'll be using? You really don't need a lot.

I'd suggest 2 g/l of the peel and 0.5 g/l of the coriander seed (lightly crushed, not ground to powder).

I agree with clibit, boil some of the dme for say 15 mins and add the peel and seed 5 minutes before the end. Adding a chamomile tea bag at this time also adds a fresh element which rounds out lovely.
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Old 23-10-2015, 04:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.

Have ordered the Yeast and will give this a go soon
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Old 24-10-2015, 05:46 PM   #5
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Just got the yeast in a form of a smack pack.

On the package it says it will do 5 Gallons but my kit is for 15 litres.

Is it ok to use the lot or should I take a third of the yeast out?
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I would pitch all of it. If you want to re-use the yeast in a further brew, there is a lot of advice on "top-cropping" - that is skimming yeast off the foam from the initial ferment. Also a possibility is re-using the dregs from the bottom of the FV - this is mostly termed "yeast washing", although the best results seem to come from storing this yeast under some new beer, rather than water.

All this is all in the Yeast, Hops and Grains section.

Re-using yeast reduces the cost of specialist yeasts as it is spread over a few brews.


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