Belgian Wit is one of my favorite beer styles, and a sure bet for a lawn mower beer. Given my love for the style and how prolific I am as a homebrewer it was sort of surprising I hadn’t made a batch yet.
For my first go at this style I shot for a text book example, light, tart and refreshing with complexity from a judicious use of brewing spices and citrus.
The grain bill was as follows:
- 5# Belgian Pilsner Malt
- 5# Flaked Wheat
- 1# Flaked Oats
- .25# Rice Hulls (to help with the lauter)
I did a single infusion mash with a temp of 150 and figured 65% efficiency to get 5.5 gallons post boil at an OG of 1.047
For the boil I added the following
- 1.25 oz of Czech Saaz at 60 Minutes
- 1 oz of bitter orange peel at 5 min
- 1oz of crushed coriander at 5 min
- 1.7 oz of sweet, fresh orange zest (wet weight, no pith)
I pitched at 68 deg F with a 1liter starter of Wyeast 3944 and slowly increased the temp to 70F over two days. Fermented for 9 days before bottling at final gravity of 1.011
So how did it turn out? Awesome! Just as I had hoped it reminds me a lot of the now defunct Scandia Ale from Summit Brewing. The belgian wit yeast from Wyeast is perfect for this style and I think I hit the spicing just right. Enjoy!