I have been on a quest to clone Hoegaarden for more than a year. It’s my favorite Summer beer and one that I would really like to make my house beer. The one that I always have on hand. My first attempt was a tasteless extract version that missed the mark. Version 2.0 came about a month later when I made my first attempt at a partial mash version. By the time I brewed this version (2.5) partial mashing was gone and it was all grain.
Changing to all grain doesn’t mean you can’t still make mistakes. Too much coriander. Yeast that is too old. Not using enough orange zest. All contributed to an end product that is no where close to tasting like Hoegaarden.
Since this brew, I have upgraded to creating starters for all brew days. Version 3 of this beer is coming. I’ll be changing out the flaked wheat for German wheat and adding some acid malt. 4 Oz. of orange zest instead of 2. Hopefully that creates a well rounded beer.
Till that brew is ready, here is the recipe I used for version 2.5. The download link is at the bottom.
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|5.5 gal||90 min||44.6 IBUs||3.1 SRM||1.046||1.008||4.9 %|
|Pilsner (2 Row) UK||4.5 lbs||45|
|Wheat, Flaked||4 lbs||40|
|Oats, Flaked||1 lbs||10|
|Munich Malt||8 oz||5|
|Hallertauer Mittelfrueh||1 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||4|
|Sterling||1 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||7.5|
|Orange Zest||2.00 oz||10 min||Boil||Flavor|
|Chamomile Tea Bags||3.00 Items||10 min||Boil||Other|
|Coriander Seed||1.00 oz||10 min||Boil||Spice|
|Trappist Ale (WLP500)||White Labs||78%||65°F - 72°F|
|Mash In||150°F||90 min|
|Download this recipe's BeerXML file|
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