Amarillo American Wheat – Highest Overall Score at Beer & Sweat 2013Posted on October 26th, 2013 by Andy W. in "Award Winning Beer Recipes, Just Plain Good Drinkin' Beers"
Making a really great Amarillo American Wheat beer that I like to drink has been something I’ve been working on since I first started brewing about 2 years ago. I knew that I really, really like Amarillo hops and thought that a balance of bready malt character and hoppy, orange character would be perfect. I’ve brewed well over 10 variations of this basic recipe and finally have it dialed in. It scored a 42.3 at Beer and Sweat (but didn’t place) and has won several other medals, including a 3rd place in the 1st round of the NHC.
Early versions of this recipe used about 50% Maris Otter and 50% American white wheat, but there was always something just a little lacking with those attempts. I swapped out the Maris Otter for American 2 Row and Light Munich. I ended up increasing the wheat malt to about 60% of the total grist, while barley malt (2 row and light Munich) makes up about 35% with 10% being crystal 10 for a little body and sweetness.
Earlier versions of the recipe were dinged for being a little light for the style, both in body and hop flavor and aroma, so I added a little crystal 10 and some additional flameout hops.
Amarillo American Wheat Recipe
Recipe: American Wheat
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer (Light Hybrid Beer 6D)
SRM: 4.1 SRM SRM RANGE: 3.0-6.0 SRM
IBU: 22.6 IBUs IBU RANGE: 15.0-30.0 IBUs
OG: 1.044 SG OG RANGE: 1.040-1.055 SG
FG: 1.009 SG FG RANGE: 1.008-1.013 SG
BU:GU: 0.517 Est ABV: 4.5 %
EE%: 70.00 % Batch: 5.50 gal
Boil: 7.00 gal BT: 60 Mins
Est Pre_Boil Gravity: 1.037 SG Est OG: 1.044 SG
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs 8.0 oz Total Hops: 3.30 oz oz.
|5 lbs||Wheat – White Malt (Briess) (2.3 SRM)||Grain||2||55.6 %|
|3 lbs||Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM)||Grain||3||33.3 %|
|8.0 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM)||Grain||4||5.6 %|
|8.0 oz||Munich I (Belgian from Williams) (8.0 SRM)||Grain||5||5.6 %|
|0.30 oz||Magnum [12.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min||Hop||6||12.7 IBUs|
|1.50 oz||Amarillo [9.30 %] – Boil 5.0 min||Hop||7||9.8 IBUs|
|1.50 oz||Amarillo [9.30 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 20.0 min||Hop||8||13.6 IBUs|
|1.0 pkg||Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]||Yeast||9||-|