Brew detailsMalt: Pale ale malt, Roasted Wheat, Golden Naked Oats, Glucose
Hops: Northern Brewer, Brewer’s Gold, Willamette, Mystery Slovenian ‘Tryal’
Spices: Green and Black Cardamom, Black Pepper, Malabar Cinnamon
Yeast: Weihenstephan and Belgian Wit
This should be an interesting one. I’m hoping that interesting won’t be a euphemism for crap. I love the aroma of cardamom and think that it will go well with wheat beer flavours. Most people assume that the flavour of wheat beer is largely due to the wheat. Well in truth it isn’t. It’s the yeast. I am using two wheat beer yeast in competition. In the Belgian corner is Hoegaarden’s (InBev) wheat beer yeast facing the German Weihenstephan or Gloria as I like to call her. The Belgian is spicy with some clove character while the German is strongly banana with some phenol thrown in. Both are exhaustive fermenters so tend to give a dry tart beer.
This wheat beer will be red due to the use of roasted wheat instead of wheat malt. I’ve been dying to use the Roasted wheat since it arrived from Simpsons. It’s got a kind of burnt toast aroma. Just sniffing it makes you hungry. I’m hoping that this will work with the spices to counter the banana notes from Gloria.
My concern about this beer is that there may be too much going on. Potentially we’ll have;
It could start to smell like a dustbin. We shall see!