AG#89 – Grodzilla Smoked Wheat Ale

This brew has been on the cards for so long, some of the malt was seriously past its prime, but as I was doing a spur of the moment brew day anyway, I thought I might as well use it up. This recipe is based on a style of beer called “Pivo Grodziskie”, a low-alcohol pale beer made with 100% oak smoked wheat malt and copious amounts of hops. It is served highly carbonated in a large conical glass to accommodate the large head.
Even though I’m a big fan of smoked beers, and while the oak smoked wheat malt from Weyermann doesn’t smell especially smokey, I’m going to cut some of the smoked malt with Weyermann’s Pilsner, plus a little Munich for a flavour boost. I’m also shooting for an ABV of 4.7%, in contrast to the much lower alcohol content of the traditional product, around 3%. I’d prefer to be using a neutral ale yeast like US-05 for this, but unfortunately Nottingham is all I have. It might do well considering that the BJCP style guidelines describe grodziskie as having “light pome esters (red apple or pear)”.
This is the first “brew in a bag” I’ve done in a couple of years, so today I’ll be getting the large stock pots out of storage. I may even attempt to chill the wort in the banks of snow that are currently in my back yard.
Finally, I’m planning on bottle conditioning this in champagne bottles at probably 3.5-4.0 volumes. It should make an excellent lawnmower with a bit more character and history that your “common or garden” blonde ale. With the light smoke aroma it might also be a great accompaniment to what will inevitably be coming off the grill during the summer months too. But for the moment, I’m just dreaming.. Back to the snow..
Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 18.15 l
Post Boil Volume: 16.15 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 15.00 l
Bottling Volume: 13.50 l
Estimated OG: 1.048 SG
Estimated Color: 12.4 EBC
Estimated IBU: 30.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 55.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 56.8 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Ingredients
3.000 kg Wheat Malt, Oak Smoked (Weyermann) (8.0 EBC), 72.3 %
1.000 kg Pilsner (Weyermann) (3.3 EBC), 24.1 %
0.150 kg Munich Malt (17.7 EBC), 3.6 %
30 g Styrian Goldings [3.60 %] – Boil 60.0 mins, 20.8 IBUs
0.33 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins)
70 g Styrian Goldings [3.60 %] – Boil 10.0 mins, 9.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale AmericanĀ  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)
24/03/2018 – Bottled 13 litres to 3 vol. Got 12 x 750ml and 12 x 375ml bottles from the batch. Used all champagne and gueuze bottles.
02/04/2018 – Moved the bottles out to the cold shed two days ago ut a week was obviously not long enough to carbonate. Tested a bottle and it had very low carbonation and I could taste some sweetness, probably from the residual priming sugar. The flavour is quite nice though, the smoke flavour being prominent but not overwhelming. Rought the bottles back indoors to carbonate. Unfortunately I had to give each bottle a gentle flip to rouse the yeast so I hope that this hasn’t oxidised the beer.
08/04/2018 – Opened another small bottle and it’s a lot more carbonated thankfully.

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