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Sunny Pineapple Wheat

Brewed: 07/06/2014   Kegged: 07/19/2014

SunnyPineapple.jpgSheppyBrew's brewing schedule during the first part of the the summer of 2014 was pretty slow. The weekend after the 4th of July, I knew I had to brew something. I decided to do something in the Summer Lovin' Wheat family. For awhile I had been thinking that something with orange and pineapple flavors would be a good summer beer to have on tap.

I went to the LHBS with the base of Summer Lovin' Wheat as the recipe, but this new place didn't have any honey malt. I decided to just substitute a crystal 15 into this recipe. Just as I had done with the Un-Wheat, I decided to get my fruit flavor from frozen juice concentrate, this time pineapple orange juice.

Should be ready to drink in late July / early August. I do believe this will be a wonderful summer ale.

For more on the Summer Lovin series of wheat beers, see Sheppy's Blog: Summer Lovin. For more information on this beer in particular, see Sheppy's Blog: Pineapple Wheat.

Summer Pineapple Wheat --- Batch 1

American Wheat or Rye Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.049 SG
Estimated FG
1.007 SG
Recipe Bitterness
22.1 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.5 %
BU : GU   0.450        
Recipe Color
4.8 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045*
  Measured FG:    1.012
ADF:    75   Measured ABV:    4.8


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 40.9 %
4 lbs 8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 40.9 %
8.0 oz Crystal 15 (15.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.5 %
1.000 oz Crystal [3.30 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 4 14.2 IBUs
0.125 oz Magnum [14.70 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 5 7.9 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 7 -
1.0 pkg Windsor (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 8 -
1 lbs 8.0 oz Frozen Pineapple Orange Juice (6.0 SRM) Sugar 9 13.6 %

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
Mash grains as specified.
Boil wort adding hops and yeast nutrient as specified.
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.
Move to secondary after one week on thawed Pineapple Orange Juice concentrate.
Total fermenation time 2 weeks.
Keg and force carbonate. Drink when ready

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   160
Mash Temps:
150 down to 140 after 2.5 hours
Pre-boil OG   1.037 (1.037 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.5 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    60
Day 1: 64 by morning. Good kraussen. Blow off. up to 68 at night.
Day 2: Slowed down. Temp down to 63ish. Air lock back in. 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
07/07/2014 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Note that the OG is 1.045, which is much less than planned. The "planned" has the concentrate in it, though so actually the OG is a bit higher than planned. Fermentation is going well today. Might need a blow-off tube.
07/07/2014 esheppy
Afternoon blowoff. Came home from work with the airlock off and kraussen pushing through carboy top. Didn't make too much of a mess. Temp up to 68.
07/08/2014 esheppy
Well, the fermentation really slowed down and the temp is now in the 63 range. Took a gravity reading. The beer is at 1.014. It tastes really good. A little lemony flavor. Think I may move to secondary a bit early.
07/14/2014 esheppy
Saturday, added one can of pineapple. Needed blowoff tube. Took a taste today. Tasted like it could use more. Decided to add another can. Have to let it thaw, so addition will be tomorrow. Gravity at 1.012.
07/19/2014 esheppy
Kegged today. Gravity was still at 1.012. Could not really taste the pineapple, so added second can of concentrate in the keg. Not sure if this will bring up the flavor to recognizable or not. Tasty bases beer. Will leave this at room temp for a few days to let the juice ferment.
07/24/2014 esheppy
Yesterday put into fridge to chill. Today, I am putting into keggerator under high (20ish) psi. Took a sample. There was a fair amount of pineapple sweetness. Not sure I should have chilled it yet. It was also very foamy, but not really that carbonated. Will have to try it again in a couple of days.
07/25/2014 esheppy
Trying again today. Less pineapple sweetness. Actually pretty good. Needs more carbonation.
08/04/2014 esheppy
Lots of foam, even though it doesn't really seem all that carbonated. Also pours very slowly. Assume there is sediment clogging things up. Might have to rack into a new keg.
08/05/2014 esheppy
Racked into another keg. There was lots of gunk. Surprised any beer was coming out. There actually isn't a whole lot left. Less than half the keg.
09/01/2014 esheppy
At this point, I'm trying to drink this upto make room for Near-Sighted Swine.
09/04/2014 esheppy
The keg kicked tonight. That is great, because it means I can move the hail storm into the keggerator. It also means I have an open keg for Near-Sighted Swine.
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