Monday, March 8, 2010

Next Beer

I plan on brewing an All-Grain next. Than means I won't be brewing again until I have made several purchases. I need to build myself a mash tun and I need a brew pot with at least an 8 gallon capacity. Hopefully I will be able to afford these items by the time my next pay check comes in. I have picked a cooler to convert and I the local Bed Bath&Beyond carries a 33 quart graniteware stockpot which will work great for brewing. I really want a stainless steel brew pot, but this is far more economical. Anyway, I have decided that I will be brewing some type of orange beer next. I am deciding between the following recipes, listed in no particular order.

Recipe #1 - Belgian Blonde - I would probably adjust the orange peel content for more of a punch than this beer typically carries, also there is no wheat in the grain bill and I want to do a wheat beer as I feel that wheat and orange are incredibly complimentary.

Grain Bill

  • 9.6lb Belgian Pilsner
  • 1lb US 6-row
  • .9lb Caramel-pilsner
  • 1lb Vienna
  • 1.5lb Wheat Malt

Everything Else

  • 1oz hallertau hops (pellet) 10 min 3.0% aa
  • 1 oz Saaz hops (whole leaf) 60 min 3.7% aa
  • few dashes of Corriander 10 min boil
  • 4 tablespoons dried orange peel, 10 min boil
  • WLP400 Belgian Wit yeast (suspension)
Recipe #2 - Orange Wit - I like this one for the simplicity factor as this will be my first all grain, it does seem a bit boring though, I may increase the wheat and decrease the pilsner.

Grain Bill
  • 5 lbs Pilsner
  • 4 lbs Flaked Wheat
Everything Else
  • 1 oz. coriander (crush and add with 5 min left in boil)
  • Zest from one orange (5 min)
  • 1 oz. Goldings (6%AA boil 60 min)

Recipe #3 - Belgian Orange - I am really interested in this, although the recipe is terribly involved and I don't know if I can tackle it quite yet. I also really like the high wheat content.

Grain Bill
  • 5 lb Belgian wheat malt
  • 3 lb Belgian pale malt
  • 2 lb rolled oats
Everything Else
  • 1/2 cup corn sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz Styrian Golding hops
  • 1/2 oz Kent Golding hops
  • 3/4 oz Mediterranean orange peel
  • 3/4 oz crushed coriander
  • Wyeast Weihenstephen (#3068)
  • Gypsum or calcium carbonate
and finally

Recipe #4 - Cascades Orange/Coriander Pale Ale - This one sounds like a lot of fun, but it doesn't use any wheat and like I said, I like orange and wheat together.

Grain Bill
  • 9 lbs Maris Otter
  • 1 lbs Vienna Malt
  • 1 lbs Crystal Malt 10°L
Everything Else
  • 1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added first wort, boiled 60 min
  • 1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
  • 1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
  • 1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 1 min
  • 2 ea Fermentis S-04 Safale S-04
  • 2.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
  • 2.0 oz Orange zest - added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
  • 1 oz Coriander crushed - added during boil, boiled 10 min
  • Whirlfloc - added during boil, boiled 15 min

I'll be making a decision in the next week or so, and hope to make my purchases (both equipment and ingredients) by the end of the month.


  1. Wyatt, what happened to the huge comment I left yesterday???

    Anyway here's an online calculator for recipe calculation and saving:

    Found here (also available in spreadsheet)

  2. Anyway--basically I said Marris Otter rules--use that over Briess as a base malt every time. Also when mashing with wheat, be careful when it's more than 30% wheat--stuck sparges are very common because of how thick it is. Read up on "mash-out".
    You should do all of these and become master orange / blonde man.