Firefly Witbier


With spring & summer just around the corner (for the northern hemisphere anyway), this is a great refreshing beer to drink lots of on a warm day, being moderate in alcohol. The name comes from the fact that several fireflies (lightening bugs – Lampyridae family) magically appeared in the mash. This one won first place in the 2nd Annual Naked Pueblo Competition.

  • 6lb Belgian Pils
  • 4.6lb White Summer Wheat
  • 9.6oz Flaked Oats
  • 1.0oz 5.2% EK Goldings – 60min
  • 0.5oz 5.2% Styrian Goldings – 10min
  • 0.5oz 5.2% Styrian Goldings – @knockout
  • 0.5oz Curacao Orange Peel
  • 0.5oz Sweet Orange Peel
  • 2.0oz Coriander Seed
  • 5ml Lactic Acid
  • Wyeast #3944 Belgian White Ale Yeast
  • Several Fireflies

Mash & sparge your favorite way and don’t forget the fireflies. Boil 10 minutes for break material then 60 minutes following the hop schedule. Add 1/2 of the orange peels and 1/2 the coriander 10min to knockout and the remaining orange peels/coriander 5 minutes to knockout. Chill & pitch. Ferment @ 65F. Mix 5ml of lactic acid to batch at bottling.

It takes about 3 months for this beer to come into it’s own: the lactic taste (sour) blended in real well after that period.

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