This one is a Bavarian Hefeweizen but we are calling it a Bavarian Honeyweizen. Partly because an added ingredient of some honey and partly..well more on that later.
Now a little bit about the beer itself. Hefeweizens are extremely popular in southern Germany but are enjoyed all over the world. Amber in color, a little cloudy with an edge of tartness and a banana-clove character mainly because of the yeast. Rather than leaving the sediment in the bottle when pouring it’s recommended to pour almost the entire bottle in a glass, swirl the bottle to stir the yeast and continue pouring to complete your delightful summer drink! On first taste with the honey added it has a nicely balanced sweetness, rather than tartness or sour, to the palate. t’ll be fun to see what the final ABV is on this one!
It’s a short fermentation time of 2 weeks in the bucket and 2 weeks in the bottle. Which means it will be ready for the rest of the story….
The reason for the honey is because this special beer is being brewed in honor of our niece and her partner on the occasion of their engagement. And the name…
Cásate Conmigo Cerveza Caribeña which when translated means- Marry Me Caribbean Beer.
August 16- Bottling Day
So today is bottling day- we’re a day behind when we should’ve bottled since we’ve been out of town. Luckily we are only within a short drive back home to finish up this brew. Things were going great. On first transfer from fermenting bucket to bottling bucket the beer has a very nice light amber/yellow color.
First taste- kind of like eating a sweet tart! A little sour on the palate on first taste, but then turns sweet as the honey permeates your taste buds. ABV came out at a 6.43. A little higher than we thought it might be, but we’re attributing that to the honey and the little bit of extra sugar for fermentation. Let me back up here to the day of brewing. The fermentation bucket was out in our shed right behind our Florida room. As I sat there watching TV that night I thought something was hitting against the house. Lo and Behold it was the gurgling of the beer as it bubbled. If someone were walking by they would think our shed had a serious gastro problem. This went on for a good several days. So considering this and the higher ABV it will really be interesting to see what the final product tastes like after 2 weeks bottle fermentation!
Back to bottling. Things were going well. We started filling bottles and got about 14 bottles filled when… wham- the bottle capper broke. Literally broke. As in not usable. Thank goodness we are collectors of growler bottles from various breweries.
So into the sanitizer the growlers went. Unfortunately our bottler is a quick and speedy bottler, which on most days is just awesome, so most of the bottles were almost already filled. We continued to fill the rest of the bottles and transferred the beer into the sanitized growler bottles. Biggest issue was that we had to get the little bit of undissolved sugar cube out of the bottle. We did, though, get the hang of it and soon all the beer was transferred to the growler bottles.
We’ll find out in 2 weeks whether this is really a “honey” of a beer (said with a smile) or a “honey of a beer” (said with a frown). In the meantime…
Tasting day today! We wanted to make sure after the little snafu’s that we had during bottling that the beer was worthy of gifting! So we decided to be the guinea pigs- tough job, but somebody has to do it!
Our Master Brewer said he just wanted to hear that Phhttt… when first opening the bottle. Well I’ll tell you what. It was like opening a bottle of champaign!
Along with a beautiful amber color and a great fizz it looked like a great pour. First taste… you’d swear it was barreled fermented. We could actually taste the honey in the background. So, all in all it turned out to be maybe one of our best!