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Apricot Lovin' American Wheat (archive)


This is the archive page for Apricot Lovin' American Wheat. For the most recent recipe, check out: Apricot Lovin' American Wheat.

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 1

Fruit Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.00 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.045 SG
Estimated FG
1.007 SG
Recipe Bitterness
20.8 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.0 %

Recipe Color
5.7 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


4 lbs 8.0 ozPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain136.0 %
4 lbs 8.0 ozWheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain236.0 %
8.0 ozHoney Malt (25.0 SRM)Grain34.0 %
1.00 ozGoldings, East Kent [5.50 %] - Boil 60.0 minHop420.8 IBUs
1.0 pkgSafale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]Yeast5-
3 lbsApricot Puree (5.0 SRM)Sugar624.0 %
2.50 ozApricot Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins)Flavor7-

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Protein RestAdd 11.40 qt of water at 140.0 F131.0 F30 min
SaccharificationAdd 7.60 qt of water at 177.4 F148.0 F30 min
Mash OutAdd 7.60 qt of water at 192.7 F160.0 F10 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 3.50gal) 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:
Followed exactly with plan
Pre-boil OG
1.036 (1.042 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
7.5 (7.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp

Day 1: 62 signs of fermentation within 24 hours
Day 2: 63 very active
Day 3: blow out in the morning 64 at the end of the day.
Day 4: slowing down 66

Brewing Notes:
02/12/2012 Brew Day esheppy
My first double infusion mash went very well. Temps almost exactly where I wanted them. Efficiencies pretty much on target. Wort sample tastes awesome.
02/14/2012 esheppy
Very active fermentation. Temp strip says 62/64. 
02/15/2012 Blow Out esheppy
Blew out my bung and air lock sometime last night. There was a surprising small amount of mess. Cleaned it up and put in the blow-off tube (not sure it was needed). Temp up to 64. Fermentation still active. 
02/21/2012 esheppy
About time to go to secondary with the fruit. According to my calculations based on the nutritional values on the back of the can, the 3 lbs apricot puree should be adding 4.6 oz of sugar. This is actually about what I would carbonate this batch with. To be honest, this is lower than I expected, but I am pretty sure I did the calculations correctly.
02/23/2012 2ndary esheppy
Put 3lbs apricot puree in my new 5 gallon carboy and then racked the beer on top. Had lots of beer left over. Probably should have filled up 1 or 2 liter bottles with base beer, but ended up just drinking some and dumping the rest. Base beer tastes great. Not sure how active the fruit will ferment.
03/04/2012 esheppy
Gave this a taste. It tastes like an apricot wheat. Need to get this kegged and bottled. 
03/06/2012 Kegged and Bottled esheppy
Kegged beer with 4.5 oz of sugar and 2.5 oz apricot flavoring. Filled 16 12oz bottles and 2 liter bottles. Will let carb for a couple weeks and see how it turns out. Lots of apricot flavor. Hope it is not too much. delete
03/20/2012 esheppy
Carbing period over. Had a bottle bomb a few days ago so I only have 15 12oz bottles. Put a few in the fridge and some in the conditioning cooler. Put the keg outside overnight and will probably put in keggerator tomorrow morning. 
03/21/2012 esheppy
Remembered to put in the keggerator. Set CO2 to 12psi. Will have to try some this weekend.
03/22/2012 esheppy
Tried one out of the keg. Good. Lots of apricot flavor. Think I got puree out of the bottom. Not sure how long it will take to clear that out. Also pretty foamy at this point.
04/04/2012 esheppy
We dropped off some for "Chad". He says he will try it Easter Sunday.
08/15/2012 esheppy
Hmmm... had 12 in inventory but only 6 in reality. Tried one. Think I like this better with a bit of age. 
10/27/2012 esheppy
Finished off the last one. The last few have been low in carbonation and had not much head. This was a better beer 2 months ago

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