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Summer Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 09/10/2017   Kegged: 09/24/2017

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.

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 4

Style American Wheat or Rye Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.052 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.6 %
BU : GU   0.419        
Recipe Color 4.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.047    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   83   Measured ABV:   5.1


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 45.0 %
4 lbs 8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 45.0 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.0 %
0.250 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 4 11.6 IBUs
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 5 10.0 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 7 -
0.50 oz Orange Zest (Boil 5.0 mins) Flavor 8 -
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 9 -
1.0 pkg SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) [25.00 ml] Yeast 10 -
8.0 oz Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 11 5.0 %

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 11.88 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.05gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Modeled after NB Sunshine Wheat: ABV: 4.8%; 14IBU; Target Hops; Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat ; OG - 13.4 (1.054) FG - 1.9 (1.008)
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. Total fermenation time 2 weeks.
Keg and force carbonate. Drink when ready

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
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Brewing Notes:
09/07/2017 esheppy
Despite my better judgement, I think I might brew this coming weekend.
09/11/2017 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Went well although my og is low. I did cut the boil off in the middle to pick up my son, but I didn't think it should be with as low as it was. Fermentation was rocking today.
09/14/2017 esheppy
Just figured out why my OG was so low. I completely forgot to add honey. Duh! Took at sample. Got 5 brix, which calculates out to 1.006. I'll probably add honey when I go to secondary with Coriander Seed and Orange Zest.
09/19/2017 esheppy
Secondary with honey, orange zest, and coriander.
09/23/2017 esheppy
Took a sample. 1.008. Since I decided to call the og 1.047, this is a 5.1 abv beer. Nice orange background flavor. I think I can keg this now.
09/24/2017 esheppy
Kegged today. Nice little "summer" beer for my wife to enjoy during the beginning of the Autumn season.
09/29/2017 esheppy
Put in kegerator.
09/30/2017 esheppy
Bottled up about 3/4 of a gallon of SCOBY-soured beer. Sample tasted pretty good. Carbing with a combination of cherry juice and orange juice. Will be interesting to see how this tastes once carbed.
10/06/2017 esheppy
Well, the non-sour beer turned out perfect. I'm really happy with the level of orange flavor.
10/12/2017 esheppy
Soured beer turned out really great too. Much like a Flanders Red.
11/13/2017 esheppy
Still tasting good. Still getting too much foam per pour.
12/02/2017 esheppy
This is a good beer. Nice orange flavor.
12/10/2017 esheppy
I've been drinking this to make room for my pale ale. The Beer Model is all about the Mango Wheat right now.
12/11/2017 esheppy
Last bottle of the soured wheat. This one doesn't taste nearly as good. It is also way more fizzy. Dumping it.
12/19/2017 esheppy
Killed the keg tonight. Really thought this was a great batch.
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