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Summer Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 07/04/2022   Kegged: 07/17/2022

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.

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 6

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:   1.051    Measured FG:   1.009 
ADF:   81.7    Measured ABV:   5.5 


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: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
06/29/2022 esheppy
Updating recipe for 2022. Smaller batch. Shorter boil.
07/03/2022 esheppy
Got ingredients from Tom's on Thursday. Brewing tomorrow on 4th of July. Doing overnight mash.
07/04/2022 esheppy
Brew day went well. Up at 4:30. Pretty much done in 3 hours. 1.051 OG. Not sure how much honey I put in, but much less than the 8oz planned. Using anvil temp control. Pitched at 63. Set to 62.
07/05/2022 esheppy
Took off some time yesterday. Bubbling strong today. Sprinkled Coriander on the top and mixed it in with cooling tubing. Temp says 63. Bumping it up to 64.
07/06/2022 esheppy
Still going strong. Set temp to 65.
07/07/2022 esheppy
Still bubbling. Temp still at 65, but I unplugged the pump today. Need to get orange zest in there at some point.
07/17/2022 esheppy
Kegged today along with two tea balls filled with 1.75oz orange zest. FG came in at 1.009 .. right on plan. This makes it a 5.5% ABV beer. The sample was fairly cloudy. The coriander didn't come through as much as I thought it would. It is chilling right now in the beer fridge.
07/20/2022 esheppy
Moved to kegerator and took a sample. Lovely orange flavor. Very hazy. Nice thick head. Carbonation isn't 100% there, but it is drinkable. Set the gas to 20psi. I like this beer. I'm sure the beer model will really love it.
07/24/2022 esheppy
My parents are visiting and I gave a sample to my mom. I think she preferred Boo Berry Wheat, but I think this was her second favorite. She doesn't generally drink beer or any kind of alcohol, so her evaluation doesn't mean much. Carbonation is good now.
09/10/2022 esheppy
I forgot to mention that nephew, bro-in-law, and their friend came to visit a couple weeks ago. They all tried and moved this beer.
09/10/2022 esheppy
The beer model is still drinking it. Ripe orange.
09/24/2022 esheppy
Still going even though summer is over. I like blending it with NTS.
10/28/2022 esheppy
Still tastes pretty good but it is a bit past it's prime. Need the keg soon too. Going to try to get keg killed by the end of the weekend.
10/30/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg. Now I have room for the Autumn Ale in the kegerator.
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