aleBeer type Beer description Honey can be a welcome addition in Wheat Beer and it carries some favour with the Australian Craft Beer industry. This is shown by the number of interesting Honey Wheat Beer varieties readily available in the local liquor store. Some of the ingredients and features of this style casts similarities to a Weissbier (category 15.A. of BJCP style guidelines) but the inclusion of honey moves it more toward Specialty Beer, category 23. This category covers an eclectic collection of brews that don’t quite fit into existing categories or are yet to reach a level of popularity to warrant the formation of a new category. This Honey Wheat recipe combines more Light Dry Malt than a typical Weissbier, which could make it a bit heavy, but the honey addition helps to lighten the mouthfeel. Blue Gum honey was chosen because its flavour and aroma marries up nicely with that of a typical Wheat Beer but you may like to experiment with different types of honey and yeast. Just be sure to make the apiarists proud! Flavour profile
- Approx. Alcohol Level:
- 5.1% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated:
Step 1: Mix
Add 1kg of Light Dry Malt to a fermenting vessel then add 2 litres of warm water. Immediately pick the vessel up and swirl the
contents to dissolve (don’t be concerned if some lumps remain).
Add the contents of the Preacher's Hefe Wheat brew can plus the honey and stir to dissolve.
Top up with cold tap water to the 20 litre mark, stir thoroughly.
Check the temperature and top up to the 23 litre mark with warm or cool water (refrigerated if necessary) to start the brew at 22C.
Sprinkle the dry yeast or stir in liquid yeast and fit the lid.
Step 2: Brew
Ferment at 22C and fermentation is complete once the specific gravity is stable over 2 days.
Expected final gravity readings should be around the 1006 to 1010 mark.
Step 3: Bottle
Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.
Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps (use only one carbonation drop for bottles intended to be stored for a longer period).
Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.
Step 4: Enjoy
After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the PET bottles.
Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age.
When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.
The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.
Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 5.1% ABV.