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Summer Honey Witbier

Summer Honey Witbier

Here’s an easy drinking beer for summer with both nods to tradition and the creative side of brewing. The honey brings an interesting flavor note to the brew and keeps the body light and crisp. Most of the spices are traditional to the Belgian style. Chamomile is reportedly brewing legend Pierre Celis’ “secret ingredient.” The inclusion of saffron is a new twist on the style. The flavors of saffron and honey go so well together in Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, it adds a rich depth of flavor to the brew. This may just be the most complex easy drinking beer you’ll ever make.


Specialty Grains:
1 lb. Wheat Flakes
Malt Extracts:
4 lb. Alexander’s Sun Country Wheat Malt Extract
1.4 lb. Alexander’s Sun Country Pale Malt Extract

Kettle Sugar:
1 lb. Fruitwood Orchards Orange Blossom Honey

Hops & Spices:
2 oz. Styrian Golding (AA 2.3%)
1 oz. Dried Bitter Curacao Orange Peel
1 oz. Dried Sweet Orange Peel
1 oz. Indian Coriander Seed
.5 oz. German Chamomile Flowers
.25 oz. Grains of Paradise Seeds
2 gr. Saffron

1 Campden Tablet
2 tsp. Yeast Nutrient
Wyeast 3944 or Safale T-58

Priming Sugar:
5 oz. Dextrose

Heat 5.5 gallons of brewing water to 175 deg. F. and dissolve Campden Tablet in water. Hold for 15 minutes. Add Wheat Flakes in a grain bag, stabilize temperature between 150 and 160 and rest 30 minutes. Remove the grain and discard. Heat water to boil and add Pale Malt Extract and 1.5 oz. of hops. Boil for 45 minutes. Remove from heat add Wheat Extract, Honey, yeast nutrient and the spices (crushed and in a hop bag) to the kettle. Return to boil. Boil for 15 more minutes. Add the remaining hops at knock out. Cool and ferment.

About the Creator:
George Hummel is the co-owner of Home Sweet Homebrew in Philadelphia. He has been a homebrewer since the mid-eighties and a longtime member of HOPS (Homebrewers of Philadelphia and Suburbs). He has authored numerous articles on beer and brewing; and won numerous awards for his beers, most notably a 2005 GABF Gold medal for George’s Fault, co-brewed with the brewers at the Nodding Head brewpub.

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