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Keys To Brewing A Great Weizen

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Brendan Layden • Medford, New York asks,
Q

I love hefeweizen, especially Franziskaner, but when I brew these at home I never get the aroma that I am seeking. I have used several different types of malt and changed up my mash schedule to include a low temperature rest, but I’m still not happy with the results. I’ve been using yeast strains that are supposed to be Weihenstephan 3068. What gives?

A
I also love hefeweizens and enjoy brewing and drinking weizen beers! Weizen is definitely a yeast-driven style, where fermentation products really define the flavor profile. Let’s set yeast aside for a moment
Response by Ashton Lewis.