Hello I am wondering if one can brew Northern Brewer Gaarden Hoe Witbier All Grain Beer Recipe Kit using a single-infusion I know they say to use a step-infusion but for one I use a cooler as a mash-tun so it little harder for me to do a step-Mash…
You can skip the protein rest and still make it. But you can definitely do the protein rest in a cooler I’ve done. Look at an infusion calculator on brewer’s friend or whatever software you prefer
If the recipe specifies a protein rest around 120 F, definitely skip it. That’s a recipe for a crystal clear witbier with poor head retention in my experience. Protein rests are never necessary with any 21st century malts, and in fact detrimental. Denny and I agree on this.
I brew a similar witbier and always mash it at 152. You don’t need to protein rest.
What grains does the recipe have? If there is alot of unmalted grain you may want the protein rest. The problem is if you do a protein rest with mostly malt you run the risk of making the wort very fermentable and change the outcome
Looks to be ~46% flaked wheat, and the rest is pils malt.
Mine is 49% wheat & flaked wheat, 3% acid malt and 48% pils malt. No issues with conversion and a 1.009 FG without a protein rest.
How much of that is wheat malt?
From some quick research I see that some suggest a benefit of a protein rest with that large % of flaked wheat. I have no opinion. I did a couple beers using the rest
12% is wheat malt the rest is flaked.
I’ve pretty much resigned to doing single infusion mashes. My point above is only that step mashes can be done in a cooler or brew bag I’ve done both mostly for the experience. I always think it is good to try something yourself
yea I agree completely. It’s good experience and also just good research to try step mashes and decoctions. You learn a lot and may even find that you like the result. I thought my helles benefited from decoction and I’ll always do a hockhurz when I brew a doppelbock. Since I BIAB on a two vessel system it’s easy to do step mashes by adding water or firing up the burner.
I was mostly surprised to see there wasn’t some rice hulls included with that much flaked wheat.