Tropical Hefeweizen (All Grain) Traditional Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, but with a citrusy twist. The banana flavors from the Weihenstephan yeast meld together with citrus, mango, and orange flavors from the late additions of citra and amarillo creating a tropical banana bomb. Batch Size: 5.5 gallons O.G.: 1.056 F.G.: 1.007 ABV: ~6.4% IBU: 15 SRM: 3-4 Water: I used tap water, with 1/2 campden tablet added to total water volume. Added gypsum and calcium chloride to bring calcium levels up to 100 ppm. I didn't pay too much attention to anything else in my water profile, but adjust yours accordingly, based on the style. Grain/other: 7.5lb German Wheat Malt 3.5lb German Pilsner Malt Yeast: Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan – fresh pack. No starter needed. Mash Protein Rest: 122° F for 20 minutes (3 gal heated to 131° F) Beta Sacch’ Rest: 149° F for 30 minutes (1.5 gal @ boiling) Alpha Sacch’ Rest: 158° F for 30 minutes (1 gal @ boiling) Sparge at 168-170° F for 10 min. (4 gal heated to 176° F) * Collect enough wort to yield 5.5 gallons after an 80 min boil. Boil: (80 min) .5 oz Hallertauer - pellet (60 min) 1 tsp yeast nutrient (15 min) .5 oz Hallertauer - pellet (10 min) 1 oz Citra - pellet (5 min) Cool wort to 80 ºF. Pitch 3068. Aerate well (I splash the wort back and forth between two fermenters a few times to introduce as much O2 as possible). Ferment on the warm side, trying to hold between 70-74 ºF during vigorous fermentation. When fermentation begins to slow (2-3 days), dry hop with 1 oz Amarillo pellet hops. Ferment in primary for 2 weeks. F.G. should be low enough to bottle at this time. I bottled with 5.25 oz table sugar, and had good carbonation for the style. Notes: * Try to leave a good amount of headspace for the ferment. I used a 6.5 gal carboy with blow-off tube for the high amount of top-cropping krausen from the 3068. * Mash temps were based off the ambient temp of ~70 ºF in my laundry room. Grain temp was around 70 ºF as well, so adjust strike water temps according to your given surroundings. If you give this one a try, let me know how you like it. This is a great one for the summer, IMO.