I had a bit of time off work this week, so I decided to brew some beer! I settled on a summery wheat. Hopefully it'll have all the trappings of my favorite wheats: fruity & refreshing, but with a bit of a twist - it's dunkel (dark in German)! The dark malts promise to add a bit of cocoa character to the flavor. The recipe comes from Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing ("NoopleTucker Dunkel Weizen", pp. 363-4).
So, I walked on down to my local homebrew supply store, Brew North, and picked up some ingredients. (It's a really great store and you should check it out especially if you live in the East End.)
Like my recent brews, I used the (largely) hassle free brew-in-a-bag (BIAB) method. After the mash is done, I squeeze the sweet wort out of the bag with these awesome silicon oven mitts. It's like a big 5 lb bag of tea.
I'm pretty excited with this batch too because I recently got a mini-fridge! Using my temp controller, I can now set the fermentation temperature much more exactly to keep all the yeast as happy as possible. We'll see how it turns it in about a month.
Quick update: I brought this beer into work and a bunch of my co-workers and I enjoyed it over the lunch break. It was a hit! The consistent fermentation temperatures provided by the fridge really helped smooth out the yeast aspect of the taste and added a nice level of "polish" to the flavor profile.