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Homebrew: Moby Dick Belgian White

Moby DickI decided it was time for a new homebrew. And as I give all my beers Led Zeppelin song names, I figured Moby Dick would be perfect for a Belgian White. The recipe will follow, but as this was my first time using wheat malt and the first time brewing anything like this style, I was a bit apprehensive. But I’m rather pleased how it turned out. It might need a bit more depth, but I think it’s a solid B. The color is more orange than I had anticipated, but it is indeed hazy with a decent fluffy white head. Aroma is mostly orange with coriander in the background. Flavor is mostly wheat malt, orange, and coriander. Not much in the way of hops (as intended), just a dry, grassy finish. Approximate ABV of 4.6% and 15 IBUs.

Overall, it’s quite good. Orange may dominate a little much and the wheat isn’t coming through as much as expected, but I’m happy with it. Here’s what I did:


1/2 lb torrified wheat

1/2 lb flaked oats

150° for 30 minutes


6 pounds wheat malt extract

1 ounce Hallertau hops

at 50 minutes into the boil I added a muslin bag with:

1/2 ounce Czech Saaz hops

1 tsp bitter orange peel

1 tsp sweet orange peel

1/2 tsp coriander seed, crushed

Removed the bag with the final flavor and hops at the end of the boil. Added the Belgian yeast when the wort reached the appropriate temp

If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!

And for your listening pleasure, dig on some John Henry Bonham




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