Cardamon Wit Recipe

Inspired by the ingredients from Iron Brewer (batch 2 Round 1) I brewed this Organic Wit with Cardamon.  I’m extremely happy with this beer, especially for a first run.  First, it was extremely well received at the Get Real New York Belgian Ale fest. Then this beer was one of the 3 runner-ups in the New Brew Thursday / Bison Brewing homebrew competition.  And finally a Bronze metal at the 15th Annual NJ State Fair Homebrew Competition for cat 21A (spiced).  Not bad for a first time recipe with such a potent ingredient like Cardamon. Check out the recipe below.  If you use this recipe, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.

Yeast Starter

Transferring from mash to boil

Fresh Ginger

Fresh Orange Peel

Coriander Seeds

Into the fermentor

then out of the fermentor (the airlock was found 8' away and krausen on the ceiling)

Cardamon Wit
Type: All Grain
Batch Size
(fermenter):
5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.22 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Final Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00
Taste Notes:
Prepare for Brewing
Create a yeast starter with 0.30 gal of wort
Clean and Prepare Brewing Equipment
Total Water Needed: 7.82 gal
Mash or Steep Grains
Mash Ingredients


Amt

Name

Type

#

%/IBU
8.0 oz Rice Hulls (0.00 SRM) Adjunct 1 5.5 %
5 lbs 4.0 oz Gambrinus Organic Pilsner Malt (1.40 SRM) Grain 2 57.5 %
3 lbs 6.1 oz Great Western Organic American Wheat Malt (2.00 SRM) Grain 3 37.0 %
Mash Steps


Name

Description

Step Temperature

Step Time
Protein Rest Add 2.18 gal of water at 134.5 F 122.0 F 30 min
Saccharification Add 1.93 gal of water at 190.7 F 150.0 F 30 min
Mash Out Add 1.93 gal of water at 209.5 F 167.0 F 10 min
Boil Wort
Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.042 SG
Boil Ingredients


Amt

Name

Type

#

%/IBU
0.60 oz Organic German Opal [7.40 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 16.4 IBUs
0.30 oz Fresh Ginger Root (Boil 5.0 mins) Herb 5 -
0.50 tsp Swanson Organic Cardamon (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 6 -
0.25 oz Organic Belgian Saaz [5.30 %] – Boil 2.0 min Hop 7 0.4 IBUs
0.30 oz Simply Organic Coriander Seed (Boil 0.0 mins) Spice 9 -
0.30 oz Fresh Orange Peel (Boil 0.0 mins) Spice 8 -
Estimated Post Boil Vol: 5.72 gal and Est Post Boil Gravity: 1.048 SG
Cool and Prepare Fermentation
Cool wort to fermentation temperature
Transfer wort to fermenter
Add water to achieve final volume of 5.00 gal
Fermentation Ingredients


Amt

Name

Type

#

%/IBU
1.0 pkg Belgian Witbier (Wyeast Labs #3944) [124.21 ml] Yeast 10 -
Measure Actual Original Gravity _______     (Target: 1.048 SG)
Measure Actual Batch Volume _______     (Target: 5.00 gal)
Fermentation
Primary Fermentation (6.00 days at 67.0 F ending at 67.0 F)
Secondary Fermentation (14.00 days at 67.0 F ending at 67.0 F)
Dry Hop and Prepare for Bottling/Kegging
Measure Final Gravity: _________  (Estimate: 1.008 SG)
Date Bottled/Kegged: Carbonation: Bottle with 3.93 oz Corn Sugar
Age beer for 30.00 days at 65.0 F
Drink and enjoy!
Notes
For Bison Brewery: Grains and Hops from Seven Bridges, Spices from Amazon, Fresh ginger and orange from Whole Foods.
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3 Responses to “Cardamon Wit Recipe”

  1. Jason Koebel Says:

    I will definitely try this recipe! I have brewed with cardamon with good results (adds great character to an oatmeal stout in the dead of winter) but have not tried it in a wheat malt recipe or combined with ginger. Nice! The krausen explosion is an added bonus.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Jason, I too love the spice; this recipe was awesome. While the spice is intense, it also tends to fade quickly. I like your stout idea. Let me know how your beer turns out if you make this. Cheers!

  3. Linus Says:

    Nice. I never had an air lock flying that far away.


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