In the pursuit of perfect homebrew, failure still makes beer.

Strawberry Wit Brewday


I brewed this recipe last Sunday using my ever-mobile all-grain setup as my first scale-down experiment for a 2-gallon test batch arrangement. I popped over my Slumbrew buddies Eric and Kristina’s house and set up in the backyard just as Eric’s extract saison brewday was coming to an end. What a great way to spend one of the nicer, hotter weekend days in June this year – it’s been crap for most of it!

My efficiency, even with sparging, is still around 65%. I think this is due to the strange configuration of my mash-tun braids, along with the space between the true bottom of the tun and the ball valve spout, where I lose some liquids. I also collected a lot more liquor than I intended to, and I should have increased boil time in order to hit my OG – but it missed low by about 8 points, so I may be making a sessionable wit. I won’t hate it! Still worthwhile for my experiments.

From Brewer’s Friend:

Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
1.5 lb American – Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 43.5%
1.5 lb American – Wheat 38 1.8 43.5%
0.36 lb Flaked Oats 33 2.2 10.4%
0.09 lb American – Vienna 35 4 2.6%
3.45 lb Total
Amount Variety Time AA IBU Type Use
0.36 oz Kent Goldings 60 min 5 17.83 Pellet Boil
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Mash Steps
Amount Description Type Temp Time
Ferulic Acid Rest Infusion 111 F 20 min
Conversion Temperature 154 F 60 min
Mash Out Temperature 165 F 15 min
Batch sparge Sparge 165 F 30 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Time Type Use
0.27 oz Coriander Seed 5 min Spice Boil
0.27 oz Fresh Orange Peel 5 min Spice Boil
1 oz Whirlfloc 5 min Fining Boil
16 oz Frozen Strawberries Other Secondary
White Labs – Belgian Wit Ale Yeast WLP400
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
67 – 74 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.75 (M cells / ml / ° P)
72 B cells required

OG:1.041 FG: 1.011 (primary) %abv: 3.81% (primary)


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