Weihenstephaner Hefe Clone

Hello Brewers,

This is a recipe I've worked on trying to replicate the original Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen in Indian setting. To be clear, I have tried 2 batches with slight variations and this is the best and closest I could get to the original. There is still room for improvement.

Weihenstephaner Hefe is rated the best Bavarian hefeweizen that is known for its yeasty and banana flavors. 

"Weihenstephaner Hefe Clone"

All Grain
Target volume: 8L                           Boil Volume: 10L
Mash efficiency: 75%
OG: 1.057                                        FG: 1.016
SRM: 5-6                                         IBU:  13
5.5%abv

Fermentable:

Wheat Malt  -  1.0kg

Pilsner Malt  - 0.8kg
Munich Malt  - 0.2kg
  • Mash at 66-68C for 60mins

Hops:

Hallertau  - 5g (60mins)

Hallertau  - 3g (20mins)

Yeast:


Mauribrew Weiss yeast


  • Primary fermentation at 26C for 8-10 days (Mauribrew weiss yeast is know to tolerate higher temperatures and the required profiles depend on specific temp range. Here, Banana flavours at 25-28C)
  • Bottling with 8-9g sugar/Litre.
  • Minimum conditioning time at room temperature 3 weeks. 
  • Drink the beer within 2 months after bottling to get the best aroma, taste and flavor.

Final Notes:


The final product came out extremely rewarding. As expected, it turned out to be full of banana flavour with perfect balance of wheaty and grainy taste. Slight yeasty and bubble gum notes could be detected which is an added bonus for wheat beer lovers.
Pilsner malt can be substituted with Pale ale malt.
If you'll be using WB 06 wheat beer yeast, fermentation temperature should be 22-24C to get similar beer profile.

If you have any question, please let me know in the comments section.

Cheers till next time.


12 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing. I'm a huge Craft Beer Aficionado from Bangalore. I'd like to start to get into home brewing next. I do a blog and run Beer workshops here. Where do I start? www.talesoffroth.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi John,
      Welcome to the world of Homebrewing. It is a truly rewarding hobby.
      Before you start brewing your own batches I would suggest that you do some research about brewing equipment, raw materials needed and where to source them from. If you could spare 30 mins of your time and go through this blog, you'll find almost all answers for your brewing requirements, where to get it and also how to build your own equipment. Once you have the setup ready, it will be much easier and more convenient to brew.

      Here is the link to main page of this blog
      http://indianhomebrewer.blogspot.in/

      There are various tabs about ingredients, equipment, and recipes. The posts are in great detail.

      If you leave us your email id, we could get you in contact with homebrewers in Bangalore.

      Feel free to ask any queries.

      Cheers !!

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    2. Hey John,
      You blog looks great.

      We should connect over email. Send me an email on sapanmaniyar@gmail.com.
      I will get you started with brewing quickly. Also I can get you in touch with local homebrewers in Bangalore.

      - Sapan.

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  2. Hi Sapan

    This looks awesome! Great going.

    Have been thinking about starting on home brewing for a while but a bit scared re legal issues, since this is not yet legal here. HAve you faced any legal problems while keeping at it? Not sure about the rules & regulations for home brewing here in West Bengal. May be you can shed some light. Thanks in advance. Cheers.

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    1. As long as you don't sell anything, it should be fine.

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    2. Hey Kunal,
      The legal status of homebrewing in India is a completely grey area. No one knows the exact rules. People have been making wine, todi, feni for ages.
      Homebrew for personal consumption is fine. And as Sapan mentioned, as long as you dont sell the bottled product, its all fine.

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  3. Thanks for providing such a very nice information,it is really good details
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    1. Thank you for your interest and encouragement.
      Cheers !!

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  4. How can I join this brewing world..? Sounds good.. From where do I start?

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  5. How can I join this brewing world..? Sounds good.. From where do I start?

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    1. Hey Nittin,

      Read all the pages on my blog. They have a lot of information on how to start brewing.
      Send me a mail at sapanmaniyar@gmail.com and I will send you a list of resources needed to start homebrewing in India.

      A very nice book to get started - http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

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  6. Thanks I'll b in touch Soon...

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