Wit Went Well!

On June 23, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes

Today’s Blue Moons Belgian Wit brew day was uneventful.  When I brew alone, I tend to be on my game and as a rule, the brew sessions go well.  Hallertau HopsOf course, it is much more fun brewing with others, but I enjoy solitary brewing, too.  I got up early to try and beat the heat, but by the end of the day, 95 degree plus heat and propane burners make for a toasty afternoon:)

My mash efficiency was good today.  My recipe called for an original gravity was 1.060 and I hit 1.058 – pretty good:)  I really love the aroma of the wit wort both before and after the hop additions.  It is one of the more aromatic boils I do.  Once you add the fresh orange zest, it smells like fresh squeezed orange juice.  I love sticking my head in the empty boil kettle when I’m cleaning up.  The aroma is amazing!

Six hours later and the huge WLP 400 Belgian Wit Ale yeast starter is doing its job.  The wit is happily fermenting away:)

Fresh orange zest, dried bitter orange peel and corriander.

Wonderful wit wort!

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