Recipe: Handel’s Hefe, Opus 6

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Recipes

It was a busy night as I decided to not only bottle up the il Prete Rosso, but also brew up this easy hefeweisen, Handel’s Hefe, Opus 6. Being an easy going German style, the name seemed appropriate and alliterative!

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.046 OG Estimated FG 1.013 FG
Recipe Bitterness 17 IBU Alcohol by Volume 5.0%
Recipe Color 6° SRM Alcohol by Weight 4.0%


Quantity Grain Type
1.21 lb MrB. Whispering Wheat Weizenbier Extract
1.50 lb Muntons DME – Wheat (60%/40%) Extract
Quantity Hop Type Time
0.25 oz Hallertauer (Germany) Pellet 5 minutes
1.00 oz MrB. Whispering Wheat Weizenbier Pellet 5 minutes
Quantity Misc Notes
1.00 unit White Labs WLP300 Yeast



I tried something a bit different with the Wheat DME, and added it to 1.5 G of water while it was still warming up. I figured it was going to boil anyway, so it would sanitize during that process. It seemed to have dissolved just as easily, but I didn’t have to fight the steam clumping the DME.

Once it came to a boil, I added the hops for the short 5 minutes, removed from heat, and added the Mr. Beer Whispering Wheat. Once cooled in the ice tub to about 75 degrees, I put it in the LBK, topped off with cold water, and pitched the yeast.

From what I understand, this yeast will give off some nice banana notes when fermenting around 70-75. Lower than that, it would give off clove. Since I like the banana flavor, I’m shooting for those. Also, a bonus with this one, is that most hefes need very little conditioning time, so this one should be ready around 4-5 weeks as well!

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