Last fall I bought two 15 gallon fresh dumped whiskey barrels from a local distillery. I brewed a huge Wee Heavy for the Rye Barrel and a re-brew of the first beer I ever homebrewed – an Imperial Stout. After this I refilled one with cider and one with oatmeal stout. After that sadly I was too busy to refill and both ended up in my garage with holding solution for almost a year. Terrible.
This fall I finally had time to brew big batches to fill both of them back up. I wanted to speed things up this time, so rather than having multiple brew days for a single batch, I decided to augment my mash with DME, allowing me to brew up 15 gallons of beer at a respectable 1.10+ OG. At the Bell’s Homebrew pick-up I won a door prize, an hefeweizen extract kit. I’m not much for hefeweizen. But, it had a ton of wheat DME in it, so it seemed like the perfect excuse to brew up a big old American Wheat Wine.