Thursday, December 17, 2009

Whig Party Wheat

Concept beer only:

A little history.

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, (13 March 1764 – 17 July 1845), known as Viscount Howick between 1806 and 1807, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 22 November 1830 to 16 July 1834. A member of the Whig Party, he backed significant reform of the British government and was among the primary architects of the Reform Act 1832. In addition to his political achievements, Earl Grey famously gives his name to an aromatic blend of tea.

I want to make a beer using Earl Grey tea, but I'm torn on if I want to use the actual tea itself or just the bergamot orange extract/oil. At any rate, here it is.

4.5 lbs. Malteries Franco-Belges Pale Wheat
4.5 lbs. Pilsnen

.75 oz. Hallertau (4%) @ 45 minutes

10 bags of Earl Grey tea steeped for 4 minutes at flame out

WLP 300 Hefewiezen Ale

At 70% efficiency that gives

OG: 1.049
FG: 1.012
ABV: 4.9%
IBU: 13
SRM: 2 (this will change based on the tea addition)

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