Dunkelweizen Homebrew All Grain Recipe

This was one of my favorite beers I’ve brewed this year.  I know the Peanut Butter Porter and Black Cherry Stout were popular, but there is something to be said for a very simple style of beer, done well.  In German “Dunkel” means dark and “Weizen” is wheat, Dark Wheat.  What you have is a maltier and darker wheat beer.  I really love this style of beer and while it is simple to make, it is harder to do well.  I think this is a great recipe, and highly recommend using the liquid yeast, but be warned it can be extremely active.

The Grist:

  • 5 lbs Dark Wheat (7° L)
  • 3.5 lbs German Pilsen (1.7° L)
  • 1 lb German Dark Munich (15.5° L)
  • .5 lb Caramunich II (46° L)
  • .25 lb Special B  (147° L)


Mash grains at 153° for 60 minutes with 12.8 quarts of water (1.25 quarts per pound of grain).  Sparge 45-60 minutes at 170°.  make sure you do a run off and add it back to the mash tun.  I also give the grains a good swirl every 20 minutes or so during the mash.


  • 60 min – 1 oz Tettnang Hops(4.3%)
  • 10 min – 1/2tsp Wyeast Brewer’s Nutrient Blend


Wyeast #3068 Weihenstephan Weizen Yeast, no starter. OG: 1.060 (80% efficiency).  fermented at 72° (yeast range is 64-75°)

Enjoy!  If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out.


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  2. Ian Says:

    Hi there,

    Homebrewer in Brooklyn here. Really enjoy your website! I’d like to give this recipe a whirl myself, and I’m wondering why you add the 1/2 tsp of the nutrient blend at the last 10 minutes of the boil. What does this achieve?


  3. Simply Beer Says:

    HI Ian, The yeast nutrient adds some nutrients to the wort to help aid/improve yeast propagation. Good Luck with your brew!

  4. Dave Says:

    Just wondering why you sparged for so long. While I’m not an all grain brewer, it was my understanding that sparging was a relatively quick process. Are you fly or batch sparging?

  5. Simply Beer Says:

    Hi Dave, Batch sparging is a faster method to fly sparging. Fly sparging takes so long because you are adding and removing a small amount of liquid at the same time.

  6. Dave Says:

    Oh duh. Of course. Wasn’t thinking about that! So, with batch sparging, you simply dump in the hot water and instantly drain?

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