I brewed my first ever batch last month(Oatmeal Stout) and it came out amazing. It's probably one of the best beers I've had. I decided to try a Witbier yesterday with the warmer weather around the corner. I ended up getting the ingredients/recipe from a different brew shop than the first batch and the instructions were a little difficult to decipher. It does appear to be the normal way now that I look at recipes online, but their timing counted down from 60. The first batch counted up from 0.
1/2lb of White Wheat grains & 1/2lb of Pale grains
2lbs of Pilsen DME
3.3lbs of Wheat LME
.5oz Bitter Orange
1oz Czech Saaz
1oz German Hallertau
It was supposed to go:
DME & German Hallertau @ 60 min
LME & .5oz Czech Saaz @ 15 min
.5oz Czech Saaz, Coriander & Bitter Orange @ 5 min.
I did the opposite...
Added spices and saaz @ ~5-10 min in
Added LME @ 45 min(15 minutes in)
Realized the mistake, took the spices out @ 30min. Added DME & German Hallertau at ~20 min.
Added 10 min to boil time for DME to have some time to do it's thing.
Then put spices back in with 5 min left to boil...(so they were in for a total of about 25 min)
The original gravity is spot on (1.042). The color is very dark. The yeast is doing it's thing and fermentation seems to be fine.
So, I obviously made some alcohol...but what should I expect in terms of taste? Finishing hops went in first instead of last, spices had a long time in the boil(they we at the bottom of the wort and were discarded, should I have scooped them out?). Certainly a beginner's screw up!!
The recipe also calls for 1 week in primary and 2 weeks in secondary. I don't have a secondary currently. Is it time for me to pick up a carboy? Or can I stay in primary for ~2 weeks after final gravity is stable?
I really appreciate your input on this. It's going to be a long few weeks!