Berliner Weisse Recipe

A style beer I love but can never find any examples in most liquor stores. This under appreciated German Beer is low in alcohol with a tart-sour crispness that makes it a delight to drink in the hot summer months.  There are several ways to create the sourness in the beer.  For this recipe I choose to use a lactobacillus culture.  From my research and talking to several homebrewers it lends to a more consistent and predictable result.

As Always, I share my recipes. Fell free to use or abuse it.

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 5.87 gal
Estimated OG: 1.033 SG
Estimated Color: 2.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 7.7 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Boil Time: 15 Minutes

Amount        Item                                        Type         % or IBU
52.00 oz      pilsen (superior) (1.4 SRM)                 Grain        54.17 %
44.00 oz      Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)                   Grain        45.83 %
1.00 oz       3yr old Tettnang Pellets [3.80 %]  (15 min) Hops         7.7 IBU
1 Pkgs        Lactobacillus Delbrueckii (Wyeast Labs #43  Yeast-Ale
1 Pkgs        SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04)        Yeast-Ale                  

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 96.00 oz
Single Infusion, Light Body
Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp
60 min        Mash In            Add 7.50 qt of water at 160.2 F     149.0 F
10 min        Mash Out           Add 4.80 qt of water at 202.0 F     168.0 F       

add Lactobacillus Delbrueckii, 16 hours before SafAle

Mashing at 149

transferring wort to boil

Final gravity Reading at 95°


6 Responses to “Berliner Weisse Recipe”

  1. Ray Grace Says:

    I was thinking about brewing your recipe next, if you don’t mind. I was wondering how the session went and how it’s tasting. Thanks Peter.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Probably the easiest brew session I’ve had. My only words of advice, make sure it sours before pitching the yeast.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Peter, any tasting notes on this recipe? I’m curious how it turned out.


  4. Simply Beer Says:

    Hi Jeff, The Beer is wonderful, like really sour lemonade :)

    It scored a 38 at the Dominion Cup ->
    Overall impression: Light Refreshing, Nice dry Finish. Very close to Guidelines. No brewing faults detected.
    Aroma: Light Fruitiness with some grain notes and notes of acidic sourness. no hop aroma, very close to style
    Appearance: Fairly Clear, light straw with very small rocky white head. does not persist
    Flavor: Grainy with moderate acidic sourness on tongue. light refreshing. little hop flavor and light bitterness. Very close to style
    Mouthfeel: Light body and mouthfeel, light carbonation. Nice dry dry acidic finish. A bit more carbonation would help.

  5. Dan Mouer Says:

    Sounds like a winner, Peter. Sorry I wasn’t judging your flit at the Dominion Cup! Just one comment to needle you…

    I really hope that your hydrometer in the picture is showing your original gravity, not your final gravity.

  6. Simply Beer Says:

    Ha! yes that must have been the OG.

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