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08/19/09 03:34 PM  
Dry Hopped Berliner Weiss?
I have been on a huge sour beer binge lately, and more specifically a huge Berliner Weiss binge.

I have brewed one "normal" batch of berliner weiss that was no boil, triple decocted, mash hopped, and fermented with US05 and Lacto. I did a second batch that was the same except fermented with Brett C/Brett L and lacto.

I want to try some other things with, and try to give it a bit more complexity, and I was thinking about Le Terroir from New Belgium and how well Amarillo dry hops works in that beer.

So how do you think a dry hopped Berliner Weiss would be? I am thinking a small amount, perhaps .5-.75oz per 5 gallons to start.

Also, does anyone know where to get Woodruff syrup in the states? The only place that I could find that even acknowledges its existence is germandeli.com, and they have a large minimum order and are sold out.

Mike T
08/20/09 09:03 AM  
Re: Dry Hopped Berliner Weiss?
For the Woodruff try this place: http://www.cafemozartgermandeli.com/

I got mine there, but I went in person beacuse it is just a few blocks away from where I work. I wasn't too fond of the syrup (tasted like lucky charms to me).

Dry hopping a Berliner Weiss sounds interesting, but I would try it on just a gallon or two to see what the results were like. I have bottle hopped a couple of my 100% Brett beers, you can try different hops/amounts/times in different bottles to see what you like best for a future batch.

08/20/09 02:16 PM  
Re: Dry Hopped Berliner Weiss?
I like the dry hopped BW idea. I've had a few dry hopped golden sour beers and they where very nice!
08/20/09 05:29 PM  
Re: Dry Hopped Berliner Weiss?
Chris, are you thinking of using Amarillo? I'd recommend something like Goldings or Saaz and go with 1oz per 5 gal. Any less seems like it'd be unnoticeable, depending on how sour your Berliner is.

Did you see different degrees of attenuation between those batches?

Josh G
08/20/09 08:27 PM  
Re: Dry Hopped Berliner Weiss?
The amarillo and cascade worked wonderfully in La Terroir. It prompted me to consider dry hopping with those varieties in my sour golden.
08/24/09 12:00 PM  
Re: Dry Hopped Berliner Weiss?
Dan, I was thinking of using Amarillo, I think that would be the most complimentary, though Cascade is certainly right up there as well. I am not sure if I want the Goldings or Saaz character in a Berliner Weiss, I want to emphasize the citrusy character of the sourness instead of going for a contrast with the spicy/earthy hops.

Mike, thanks for the link. I may split up this upcoming 10g batch of Berliner into a few different parts, but because I keg almost everything, splitting up batches into 1g isn't really practical for me. I would honestly rather risk "ruining" a 5g batch than put the effort into splitting it up. I am probably going to split the 10g into 5g of Cinnamon Berliner and 5g of dry hopped.

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