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Herbal Witbier Recipe for Homebrewers

Two people are clinking glasses of frothy golden witbier among various herbal brewing ingredients like chamomile, coriander, and pink peppercorns.

Homebrewing is equal parts science and sorcery. On one hand, it requires having a firm grasp of the chemistry of the process insofar as water, mash, temperature, pH, and other factors have a big impact on your final beer. On the other hand, artful ingredient pairings are just as important, as your choice of malts, yeast strain, and other adjuncts like candi sugar or organic herbs all combine to add an intangible magic to a brew.     

This herbaceous witbier (Flemish for “white beer”) was developed in conjunction with my gruit recipe for Homebrew Con 2018, America’s largest gathering of homebrewers. And if you’ll indulge me in a not-so-humble brag, it was one of the best beers on the show floor! The delicately layered aroma presents spicy cardamom and floral chamomile notes that linger in the brew’s fluffy head and light body.

If you’re new to crafting your own beers, I recommend reading up on the fundamental techniques and guides before jumping into making your first batch. This recipe assumes that you have a basic knowledge of homebrewing, so I only outline the steps of mashing and boiling. There are a lot of great resources for new brewers in my gruit recipe.

A glass of frothy herbal witbier and herbal brewing ingredients such as chamomile flowers and coriander seeds. Golden witbier in a tulip beer glass.

Herbally Yours Witbier

Makes 5 gallons.

Estimated Original Gravity: 1:048

Ingredients

 

Timing for Herbal Additions to the Boil

60 minutes

  • 5 oz. Mandarina Bavaria hops

20 minutes

  • 75 g organic sweet orange peel

10 minutes

  • 5 g organic chamomile flowers

5 minutes

  • 5 oz. Huell Melon hops
  • 25 oz. Mandarina Bavaria hops

Flame out/0 minutes

  • 15 g organic pink peppercorns
  • 75 g organic coriander seeds
  • 5 g hulled cardamom seeds
  • 5 g organic chamomile flowers

Milling grains for making an herbal witbier homebrew.

Directions

  1. Mill all grain.
  2. Collect and heat 5.25 gallons of water, filter if necessary.
  3. Heat water and target a mash temperature of 150° F.
  4. Slowly add crushed grain to hot water, stirring well to prevent clumping or dough balls.
  5. Rest mash for 75 minutes.
  6. While mash rests, prepare herbal additions by measuring into bags to add to the boil.
  7. Sparge mash until six gallons of wort has been collected.
  8. Bring wort to a boil. Watch carefully to avoid a boil over.
  9. Add hops and set a timer for 40 minutes.
  10. When timer goes off, add 20-minute additions and set a timer for 10 minutes.
  11. When timer goes off, add 10-minute addition and set a timer for 5 minutes.
  12. When timer goes off, add 5-minute addition and set a timer for 5 minutes.
  13. When timer goes off, kill boil, and add flame out additions.
  14. Let steep 20 minutes.
  15. Chill wort to 68° F.
  16. Collect in sanitized fermentation vessel.
  17. Pitch yeast.

 

If this is your first batch, congratulations! The hardest part of homebrewing comes next—waiting for this delicious elixir to ferment. So sit back, relax, and don’t worry (have a homebrew)! And if you don’t have one on hand, an ambrosial cup of organic tea is just as nice.  

 

Interested in More Homebrewing Recipes?

Try This Spiced Berry Mead!

 

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Old Fashioned

Homemade Kombucha from Loose Leaf Tea

Herbal Carmelite Water with Lemon Balm

 

Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs. A glass of frothy herbal witbier and herbal brewing ingredients such as chamomile flowers and coriander seeds. Golden witbier in a tulip beer glass.

 


Topics: Recipes, Specialty Ingredients, Tea & Herbal Drinks

Kiley

Written by Kiley on October 7, 2019

Kiley Gwynn, certified BJCP beer judge and Brand Director at Ninkasi Brewing Company, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies—but her deepest passion is homebrewing. She loves spreading the joy of homebrewing and over the last decade has become deeply involved in the Oregon homebrewing community. Kiley is an award-winning homebrewer who holds a seat on the executive committee of Cascade Brewers Society and is a member of American Homebrewers Association Diversity Subcommittee. She loves brewing herbally inspired beers at educational events like Learn to Homebrew Day. When she’s not working as a blog contributor at Mountain Rose Herbs or in her homebrewery, you’ll likely find her under a pile of yarn with a crochet project, in the kitchen working on her latest small batch canning adventure or chasing her rescued red heeler down the beach.


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