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WILT 15–16A: Witbier

I seem to have started an annual thing here.  Last year, for the Canton PTO I contributed a “Custom brewed case of beer.”  This was one of the items that was part of the silent auction.  Last year I brewed a Chocolate Stout with hints of coffee and vanilla for Bob.  This year I did the same thing again and the winner elected to have me brew a Witbier.  This is my first attempt at a Witbier so some research was required…

So, what is a Witbier?  It’s a refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate-strength wheat-based ale.  It has a relatively simple grain bill consisting of about 50% pilsner malt and 50% unmalted wheat.  I added in a small about (about 2%) of acidulated malt to give it some of the lactic sourness that it often has.  The most challenging part was finding some bitter orange peel.  My regular homebrew shop was out and, after looking at a variety of other stores I was able to find it a different homebrew shop in the area.  Most stores carry orange peel, but it’s a sweet orange, not bitter like a curacoa or seville.

Here are the vital statistics for a Witbier

  BJCP Guidelines ThreePines Witbier
IBUs 10-20 18.3
SRM 2-4 3.5
OG 1.044-1.052 1.047
FG 1.008-1.012 1.012 Est.
ABV 4.5-5.5% 4.63% Est.

It’s currently in the carboy with a 1000 mL starter of Wyeast 3944 Witbier yeast.  I look forward to sampling it towards the end of May, just in time for Memorial Day!


Microsoft decided at some point over the last couple of months that it is no longer going to provide Windows Live Spaces support.  Well, forget the support, the service itself was turned off on March 16th.  Normally this type of abrupt action might be looked at with scorn and discord.  However, Microsoft informed the end user (me) ahead of time and provided a path forward.  Specifically, they built a custom migration tool that took my Spaces content and moved it (posts, comments, tags, categories, etc.) to the free WordPress platform.

Not only was the process seamless and easy, but it worked.  So, here’s to Microsoft and good customer service.  I set up a WordPress blog for my wife and so this actually works out well because now I can become more familiar with the day-to-day admin aspects of it to help her out when she needs it.

Next post will be on my recent MaiBock (Helles Bock) and a triple decoction…



I started brewing beer about 5 (early May 2009) months ago.  My first batch was an Irish Stout (partial mash) kit from where I got my initial set of equipment from.  It quickly became a consuming hobby (no pun intended) and I have since brewed 6 additional batches with my two most recent being all-grain.

I have been keeping a OneNote notebook with a bunch of information.  I’m thinking I’ll use this as a spot to journal a bit and provide a more public way to track what I learn.

Let’s see if I keep up with this…