Buffalo Alice American Wheat

From the BrewBlog of BorealBrewers – Grand Rapdis, Minnesota USA
Printed April 22, 2018

Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
Contributor: Chad Haatvedt
Yield: 5.5 gallons
Color (SRM/EBC): 3.6/7.1
Bitterness (Calc): 15 IBU (Daniels)
BU/GU: 0.31
Calories: 159 (12 ounces)
ABV: 5.5%
ABW: 4.3%
OG: 1.049
OG (Plato): 12.15° P
FG: 1.008
FG (Plato): 2.05° P
Real Extract: 3.88° P
App. Atten.: 83.1%
Real Atten.: 68.1%
BJCP Style Info: American Wheat or Rye Beer
O.G.: 1.040 - 1.055
F.G.: 1.008 - 1.013
ABV: 4.0 - 5.5%
Bitterness: 15 - 30 IBUs
Color: 3 - 6 SRM
Info: Refreshing wheat or rye beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins.

Commercial Examples: Bell’s Oberon, Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Pyramid Hefe-Weizen, Widmer Hefeweizen, Sierra Nevada Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Anchor Summer Beer, Redhook Sunrye, Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye.

General Information
Method: All Grain
Malts and Grains
5.00 pounds American Pale Malt (2-Row) 55.6% of grist
3.50 pounds American Wheat Malt 38.9% of grist
0.50 pounds Belgian Munich Malt 5.6% of grist
9.00 pounds Total Grain Weight 100% of grist
1.00 pounds Honey  
1 TBSP Irish Moss @ 15 minutes  
0.50 ounces Chinook 11.5% Pellets @ 60 minutes
Type: Bittering
Use: Boil
5.8 AAUs
0.50 ounces Total Hop Weight 5.8 AAUs
Total Boil Time: 60 minutes
Name: American Wheat Ale
Manufacturer: Wyeast
Product ID: 1010
Type: Ale
Flocculation: Low
Attenuation: 76%
Temperature Range: 58–74°F
Amount: 125 ml
Mash Profile

Chadís Mash Profile - Batch SpargingMy Mash Profile

Grain Temperature: 60°F Tun Temperature: 60°F
Sparge Temperature: 156°F PH:
PPG: 0 Efficiency: 0%

Water Amounts:

Target Final Boil Volume: 5.5 gallons  
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 gallons per hour  
Boil Time: 60 minutes  
Runoff Volume Needed: 7.48 gallons 5.5 gallons (final boil volume) ÷ 0.96 (cooling) + 1.75 gallons (boil evaporation)
Grain Amount: 8.5 pounds  
Grain Absorbtion: 1.7 gallons  
Total Water Needed: 10.18 gallons 7.48 gallons (runoff) + 1.7 gallons (grain absorbtion) + 1 gallons (equip. loss)
Mash Water Needed: 2.83 gallons based on 1.33 quarts per pound of grain
Sparge Water Needed: 7.35 gallons 10.18 gallons (total water) – 2.83 gallons (mash water)

Calculations derived from Ray Daniels' book Designing Great Beers.


Mash in at 145° F (63° C) and hold for 60 minutes.  Slowly raise the mash temperature to 169° F (76° C), then sparge with 173° F (78° C) water. Add the hops to the boil kettle and collect enough runoff to end up with 5.3 gallons (20 L) after a 70-minute boil (approximately 6.4 gallons, or 24 L). Bring to a boil for 70 minutes, and then turn off the heat. Next, chill to 62-65° F (17-18° C), transfer to a fermenter, pitch the yeast and aerate well.  Continue fermenting at 65° F (18° C) for a total of one week.  Rack to secondary for another week.  Rack to keg, or if you are bottling, add the bottling sugar and then bottle as you normally would.

Primary: 10 days @ 68° F
Secondary: 53 days @ 68° F
Buffalo Alice American Wheat
Date Brewed:  
Brew Day Data
  Target Actual
Strike Water Amount: 3  
Strike Water Temperature:    
Mash Temperature:    
Mash Time:    
Sparge Water Amount: 7  
Sparge Water Temperature:    
Pre-Boil Gravity:    
Pre-Boil Amount: 7.1  
Post-Boil Amount: 5.5  
Boil Time: 60  
Original Gravity: 1.049 / 12.1° P  
Brew Day Notes

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