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Summer Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 06/09/2024   Kegged: 06/19/2024

National home-brew day was coming up, and I asked the Beer Model if she would like to brew a beer that day.  She said "yes".  I gave her some choices on what to brew and eventually, she decided on a beer like New Belgium Brewery's Sunshine Wheat.

Sunshine wheat is a light, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing American Wheat beer with a nice citrusy orange and coriander flavor and just a bit of a honey malt coming through.

The Beer Model decided she would like to call her beer "Summer Lovin'".  That is better than any of the names I had come up with, so that is the name we went with.

I created the recipe for her using most of the ingredients from the New Belgium web-site, although I did take some liberties.  Instead of carapils, I used some honey malt, which has worked real well for me in the past.  I also used East Kent Goldings instead of Target hops, which really should not make a huge difference, especially since they only provide the bitterness.  Just as with Sunshine Wheat, I will use coriander and orange zest for flavoring.  Summer Loving Wheat may be a bit higher in alcohol than Sunshine, but not much.

This was SheppyBrew's first all-grain wheat batch.


The second batch was pretty much the same as the first one except I adjusted it to be slightly larger and made in the mash tun instead of BIAB. I also used Chinook hops and threw them in as a first wort hop rather than a traditional 60 minute addition.

Batch 3 was the same, except I got rid of the double infusion and adjusted the hops to match what I had in stock.

Batch 5 was the first done in my Anvil Foundry.

Batch 7 was a Big Brew Day brew at my friend Doc's house.

Batch 8 was my 2024 "June Seasonal" and back in the Foundry.

If you would like to read on the blog about brew day or other Summer Lovin' related content, follow this link.

Summer Lovin' Wheat --- Batch 8 (357)

Style American Wheat Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.48 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   40 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.050 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 22.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.447        
Recipe Color 5.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   83    Measured ABV:   5.3 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.79 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
4.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
4 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 45.2 % 0.37 gal
4 lbs 12.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 5 45.2 % 0.37 gal
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6 4.8 % 0.04 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [14.40 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 7 22.5 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 9 - -
8.0 oz Honey [Primary] Honey 10 4.8 % 0.04 gal
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -
2.00 oz Orange Zest (Primary 5.0 days) Flavor 12 - -
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Primary 7.0 days) Spice 13 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 30.86 qt of water at 155.9 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Water profile:
Lactic acid addition brings estimated pH from 5.8 to 5.3
Boil wort adding hops and yeast nutrient as specified. Add honey after the boil.
Cool to as close to 60 degrees as possible to pitch.
Ferment under 65 for a couple of days, then let heat up to about 70.
Add orange zest a couple days into fermentation.
Total fermenation time 2 weeks.
Keg and force carbonate. Drink when ready

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.043 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.48 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
06/04/2024 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Planning on brewing Sunday.
06/09/2024 esheppy
Brewed today. Mash before church. Boil after. Everything went well. OG a little low at 1.048, but I got more than 6 gallons in there. Tilt has the temp at 64F. Might need a bow off tube. We'll see how it looks tomorrow.
06/10/2024 esheppy
Not a whole lot going on yet, but I do think it will be rocking soon. Tilt day 1.044 at 64.
06/11/2024 esheppy
Bubbling away. Tilt says 1.029 at 70. Doesn't look like I'll need a blow-off tube.
06/12/2024 esheppy
Still going strong with lots of krausen. Tilt says 1.019 at 71 degrees. Need to get some zest oranges.
06/13/2024 esheppy
Still bubbling away, but slowing down and the krausen is starting to fall. Tilt says 1.012 at 70 degrees.
06/14/2024 esheppy
Bubbling slowed WAY down, and the krausen is almost gone. Tilt says 1.009 at 69 degrees. Need to let it go at least a couple more days just to get it finished up. Also still need zesting oranges. But, can probably keg this early to mid next week.
06/17/2024 esheppy
Nice and clear now. The wife got some zesting oranges over the weekend, so we are ready to keg anytime. Tilt says 1.008 at 68.
06/19/2024 esheppy
Kegged. I had some issues with the zest, but I think I got about an ounce and a half in the keg in a muslin bag. Calling the FG 1.008. This puts the beer right at 5.3% ABV. Not getting a whole lot of orange flavor from the coriander, but the beer is pretty much what we've come to expect otherwise. Chilling in kegerator.
06/20/2024 esheppy
Pretty well chilled, but not carbed yet. Can really taste the zest now. Nice little summer beer.
06/23/2024 esheppy
Fruity. Subtle orange. Nice thirst quencher. Nice in the summer heat today. The Beer Model gave her endorsement. The beer from the growler (minus zest) is actually really clear. Interesting.
06/27/2024 esheppy
Pouring really nice right now. Good carbonation without being too foamy. Great orange zest flavor.
07/07/2024 esheppy
Getting pretty clear. Refreshing with nice orange flavor.
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