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Cero

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Hi All -

Brewed up a batch of ESB wheat beer. Tryed my first one yesterday. It is quite mildly flavoured (bordering on bland) and has virtually no head. The carbonation is fine - but head is completely lacking.

I'm wondering what other ppl think of this kit - and how they spice it up?

Cheers -
Cero.
 

Cero

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Hi Guys -

I should add that I used all the stuff that came with the kit and 500g Dextrose / 250g Maltodextron / 250 g Light Malt.

Any suggestions for spicing it up?
 

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I've read that yeast plays a big part in the flavour of wheat beers - maybe try a different yeast to the one supplied?

cheers
reg
 

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Was it the 1.7 kg or 3 kg ESB kit?
 

Cero

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1.7kg ;) - I used the kit yeast.

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I haven't used this kit, but I reckon if I did, I'd boost it with something other than corn sugars - with all that dextrose and maltodextron.... you have about 40% adjuncts in the recipe. Instead of a kilo of bagged dry stuff, grab a 1.7Kg can of ESB Unhopped Liquid Wheat Malt. It's 50% Wheat Malt and 50% Barley malt. It'll bring up the body, improve the taste and very possibly improve head retension as well.

You could also dry hop with 15g of Hallertau to give a hoppy, lager-ish aroma if you don't mind deviating from the Bavarian style, which is malty/wheaty with no hop aroma.
 

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I made the 3kg ESB Wheat and used Wyeast Weinstephan liquid yeast. It was a great brew - beautiful head good flavour.

-Snow
 

Cero

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What are adjuncts?

Sorry to be an eejit LOL!
 

PostModern

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Cero said:
What are adjuncts?

Sorry to be an eejit LOL!
Non-malt additives such as sucrose, glucose, dextrose etc.
Long live the reinheitsgebot!
 
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