Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Longhorn American Wheat

This is a clone of Three Floyds' Gumballhead Wheat beer. This beer uses exclusively Amarillo hops for all additions. Amarillo, TX was one of the great cattle markets in the US and I thought it'd be a fitting to name this beer after the animal that made the town a hub. A stretch...I know.

This is the first recipe I've posted that utilizes the "hop bursting" technique of using a small amount early addition hops and a lot of late editions to get the big citrus flavor and bitterness. It's also the first to use first wort hopping.

5.1 lbs. Malted wheat
4.25 lbs. 2-row
.85 lb. Caravienne

.25 oz. Amarillo (first wort hop)
.25 oz. Amarillo @ 60 min.
.5 oz. Amarillo @ 15 min.
1.25 oz. Amarillo @ 5 min.
1 oz. Amarillo @ 1 min.
1.5 oz. Amarillo (dry hop)

White Lab California Ale V (WLP051)

OG: 1.054
FG: 1.014
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 29
SRM: 9

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