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One in the Oven

Ok so my wife suggested that I come up with a brew to celebrate our getting pregnant as part of a fun announcement type of thing. We aren’t pregnant yet but just wanted to get a head start on this. So thinking of what style I wanted to do, I narrowed it down to a Weiss. The style is light and sweet and I think it would be a great style to do. So here is the recipe:

3lbs - Wheat DME
3lbs - Extra Light DME

.5oz - German Opal - 60 min
.5oz - German Opal - 15 min

White Labs Hefeweizen Ale WLP 300 Yeast

.5oz - Sweet Orange Peel - 15 min
.5oz - Sweet Orange Peel - 14 days in secondary
4oz - Natural Strawberry Extract - 14 days in secondary
3.5oz - Table Sugar - priming sugar for bottling.

OG - 1.053
FG - 1.014
SRM - 5
IBU - 10.8
ABV - 5.2

So that is yet. I was really surprised to find that this style didn’t require any steeping malts as I haven’t done this style before. Was thinking about using carawheat as a steeping malt of around 8oz but decided against it to keep everything low. So there it is.

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Forget to mention…if anyone wants to give feedback I am all eats.

Also…am I right in thinking there is no steeping grains for this?

Okay so I am actually going to be using the Wyeast American Wheat 1010 for this one instead. Got some info from talking to the guys at NB that this would be a better yeast to go with based on the ingredients I am using. So my question is, I have read a couple things saying that the 1010 is quite active and can cause a mess without a blowoff tube. I generally only go up to 5 gallons in my 7 gallon primary to give the krausen space but should I be worried about it and be set up for one to happen? I haven’t had one happen on me as of yet and would like to keep the stoke going.

With ferm temps under control that should be adequate head space

No thoughts on the recipe but do you really that kind of pressure for a future pregnancy?

Awesome. Thanks!

What do you mean? I am not sure if something got cut off so I don’t really understand what you are saying. This pregnancy would be our first and we are just really excited and my wife suggested I come up with one to give people when we find out that we are. The brewing would be before we find out.

Not to put words in his mouth, but many of us know lots of people who decided to try for children and were not very successful. Most of the time, not a problem, but sometimes it is a lot more difficult that one might think.

For my two kids, 98% of the time we were not on the same page as to when the time was right (careers, money…all that) but when we had a split second meeting of the minds - BAM - Pregnant. But it does not always work that way.

[quote=“560sdl”]Not to put words in his mouth, but many of us know lots of people who decided to try for children and were not very successful. Most of the time, not a problem, but sometimes it is a lot more difficult that one might think.

For my two kids, 98% of the time we were not on the same page as to when the time was right (careers, money…all that) but when we had a split second meeting of the minds - BAM - Pregnant. But it does not always work that way.[/quote]

Yeah I get what you are saying as we have been trying for quite some time now. We actually got some testing done and found out we have to get some help in that area. So now we are. We found out it was actually me with the issue and are in the process of getting it taken care of. We have met with a reproductive specialist (thank God that my work provides good insurance) and are in the process of going through our first IUI.

I applaud you optimism that this will work out! Brew on!

Stay positive, but be cautiously optimistic. My wife and I had two mishaps (for lack of a better word) on our way to our first child. Easily the hardest time in either of our lives. We now have a 6month old baby boy who’s just freaking awesome! But it took about 2 years of ups and BIG downs. I’d consider waiting till she is pregnant and brewing something for the impending birth. Just my 2cents.

What I did was brew an American Barleywine the week after he was born (was suppose to be the week before he was born, but he was done cooking 2 weeks early). The beer is still aging now in secondary. I plan to bottle in the next few weeks and will crack open the first bottle on his 1st birthday. I will “try” to save the beer and open a bottle on or about on his birthday every year… with hopes that one day he and I can share a bottle.

Thanks! Appreciate the support!

[quote=“dobe12”]Stay positive, but be cautiously optimistic. My wife and I had two mishaps (for lack of a better word) on our way to our first child. Easily the hardest time in either of our lives. We now have a 6month old baby boy who’s just freaking awesome! But it took about 2 years of ups and BIG downs. I’d consider waiting till she is pregnant and brewing something for the impending birth. Just my 2cents.

What I did was brew an American Barleywine the week after he was born (was suppose to be the week before he was born, but he was done cooking 2 weeks early). The beer is still aging now in secondary. I plan to bottle in the next few weeks and will crack open the first bottle on his 1st birthday. I will “try” to save the beer and open a bottle on or about on his birthday every year… with hopes that one day he and I can share a bottle.

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Yeah I understand the cautiously optimistic part. We are excited about it that we are getting help but also understand our chances of it working right of the bat. We just keep praying about it.

Your little boy is very cute! Congrats after all of that. I may do it once we find out that she actually is pregnant. I am making sure that the ingredients stay nice and cold in the fridge. Not too scared of the yeast getting old as it is refrigerated.

That is an awesome idea about the barley wine. Then you can see how the beer matures just as your little boy does.

May consider brewing after we find out or before. Still not sure. I dunno. Maybe just the excitement. I have the bottles painted and they are just waiting for the beer to fill them up.

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Sorry to not be clear- I was referring to the time is sometimes may take to get pregnant. I didn’t mean to be negative- just meant to allow yourselves the time to let it happen and enjoy the entire thing. My son was born a year and a half ago and every moment has been an outstanding, joyous learning experience. I’m still brewing fairly actively at this point and have figured out a balance to keep us all happy. I wish you and your family all the best for what’s to come!

No worries. I didn’t think you meant anything negative. Just didn’t fully understand what you were saying. That’s all. :very happy:

Congrats on your son! I can’t wait for that moment to happen to me.

Glad to hear you are keeping up with the brewing. I am sure mine will slow a bit once we have a baby but I would like to keep it going. I like to say that the homebrewing bug has bitten me hugely! Constantly trying new recipes. That and the first two I came up with got some pretty good reviews so I can’t complain there.

Well, this one just got brewed tonight. Color was a bit darker than I thought it would be but it’s ok. Ended up pitching the yeast at 80. The wort felt cooler than that but I have read that plenty of people have had success pitching at that temp or even higher. So with some adjustments, the og is at 1.055.
Also noticed that the yeast bag didn’t really expand like I thought that it would. It did ever so slightly but it was almost unnoticeable. I saw on the packing though that it does say the bag doesn’t always expand and that it isn’t necessary.

Brewed it early because of how long it will be until I end up bottling and I also have a winter warmer that I want to have in the bottle for at least 2 months. Anyways, thank you to those who gave me some support and positive thoughts. Hopefully, my next post on this thread will be that we are expecting!

Ok so I woke up this morning and checked the beer and there is no bubbling going on with the air lock. It has been sitting now for close to 12 hours and usually when I use dry yeast this thing is already starting to go crazy. Did I do something wrong here or should I just be more patient?

If you brew it they will come. :slight_smile:

Forget about the American Wheat yeast and pitch some WY 3056 Bavarian Wheat right now! It will give your new addition (the beer of course!) an extra sumsumpin’.

:cheers:

well i came home this evening and still nothing. i ended up calling the tech support at nb and dan suggested getting an extra pack of dry yeast at my local store and try that if the gravity hasn’t changed. came home, gravity hasn’t changed. so i pitched us-05 and it seems like there is already something starting to happen. not really sure what happened with the wyeast pack but oh well. atleast it is solved now.

[quote=“edawgwv”]If you brew it they will come. :slight_smile:

Forget about the American Wheat yeast and pitch some WY 3056 Bavarian Wheat right now! It will give your new addition (the beer of course!) an extra sumsumpin’.

:cheers: [/quote]

Thanks. I didn’t see any of that yeast at my local hb store. They actually aren’t even a store really. They carry a few supplies but the only reason they do that is because the owners nephew owns a hb store and thought it would be good to do a partnership type thing to where his hb products (not all ofcourse) are sold at this place. All I saw was us-05, 04, and some lager yeast. They didn’t have any liquid so I just went with one of the ones Dan recommended which was the us-05 because of my secondary additions.

Well the US05 will get it going and I’m sure it’ll be great!
:cheers:

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