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Apricot Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 08/16/2015   Kegged: 08/30/2015 apricot.JPG

One the pastors at my church posted on my facebook wall that I should make an beer like Pyramid Apricot Ale. The SheppyBrew Beer Model happens to like Dry Dock's apricot blonde ale, so I knew that she would probably enjoy having an apricot wheat on tap as well.

I decided to take my Summer Lovin' Wheat recipe and add apricot flavor instead of the coriander and orange zest. I contacted the Brew Hut (next door to the Dry Dock) and asked if they had a recipe for the Apricot Blonde to get what I needed to get the same apricot flavor. They not only have the recipe, but sell it as a kit, so I decided to use their fruit profile for the recipe.

The apricot puree gets added to a secondary fermenter. I also add fruit extract at kegging to compliment the fruit flavor and give the aroma a kick. Thanks to my friends at the Brew Hut for helping me with this part of the recipe.


The Apricot Lovin' American Wheat is light and refreshing with apricot flavor and aroma complimenting a delicate wheat malt flavor. It has little to no bitterness coming through the fruity sweetness.

See Apricot Lovin' Brew Day on my blog for more information on this beer.
For more information on Summer Lovin' (the base beer of this recipe), see the "Summer Lovin" label on my blog.

Apricot Lovin' American Wheat --- Batch 2

Style Fruit Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.046 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 19.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.434        
Recipe Color 5.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   73    Measured ABV:   4.3 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 4.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 36.2 %
4 lbs 4.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 36.2 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.3 %
1.000 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 19.9 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 5 -
2 lbs 12.0 oz Apricot Puree (5.0 SRM) Sugar 6 23.4 %
2.50 oz Apricot Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 7 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 11.25 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.15gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes

Color / OG / ABV etc ... listed without taking into account the fruite.
Ferment 60 - 65 for a few days. Transfer to secondary on top of the apriot puree.
Keg with the apriot extract.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.037 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
08/22/2015 esheppy
Brewed last Sunday. Racked on puree today. 1.045 og. 1.012 fg. Base beer tastes great.
08/30/2015 esheppy
Kegged today with almost 3oz apricot extract. FG still at 1.012. Also filled 6 bottles with carb tabs. Sample tastes apricoty. Maybe too much? We'll see what the Beer Model says in a week or so. Chilling keg in beer fridge. Hope to remember to put under pressure tomorrow.
08/31/2015 esheppy
Moved from beer fridge to keggerator. Pressured to 20psi in hopes of accelerating carbonation.
09/04/2015 esheppy
Tastes a little sample. Really good base. Not sure what I feel about the fruit levels. Think it is a bit much. Beer Model says she likes it.
09/12/2015 esheppy
I have decided to brew this base beer to blend back into the apricot, although I am liking this beer. I may just have it in bottles to blend "on demand". We'll see.
09/22/2015 esheppy
Well, the base beer is ready. Not 100% sure, but I am leaning toward not blending straight into the keg.
10/04/2015 esheppy
Last Sunday I added about a gallon of Base Wheat to the keg.
11/08/2015 esheppy
Really like how this is tasting now.
11/13/2015 esheppy
Keg blew. Was better at the end than at the beginning.
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