American Wheat Wine

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.

Waiting is the hardest part.

The inspiration for this beer was New Holland’s Pilgrims Dole.  A whiskey barrel aged seasonal wheat wine they release in the autumn.  New Holland claims to brew that beer with 50% wheat malt. I didn’t have enough of that on hand so in the end I brewed more of a Barleywine with a healthy wheat element.   But the first taste before it went in the barrel was excellent.

This was going to be a big beer, so I skipped adding any Crystal malts, choosing instead to keep the recipe super simple.  2-row, Pale Wheat, Carapils and 15lbs of DME.  Simple hopping – all nugget rounds out the recipe.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
16 gal 60 min 40.5 IBUs 16.3 EBC 1.103 1.026 10.3 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Wheatwine 22 D 1.08 - 1.12 1.016 - 1.03 30 - 60 15.8 - 29.6 1.9 - 2.7 8 - 12 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 25 lbs 47.17
Pale Wheat (Dingemans) 10 lbs 18.87
Carapils (Briess) 2 lbs 3.77
Light Dry Extract 10 lbs 18.87
Briess Bavarian Wheat Extract 6 lbs 11.32


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Nugget 3 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 11.5
Nugget 1.5 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 11.5


Step Temperature Time
Saccharification 152.1°F 10 min
Check PH 152°F 60 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min

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