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Base Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 09/13/2015   Kegged: 09/27/2015

When I first tasted my second batch of Apricot Lovin' American Wheat, I thought I had overdone the Apricot flavor. I thought I could brew the base of the beer and blend some back into the keg to reduce that flavor.

As I started drinking more of the Apricot beer, I decided it was pretty good as it was, but I had committed to brewing this beer, and decided to bottle it all rather than put some back into the keg.

It can still be used to blend beers or it can be consumed on its own.

For more information on Summer Lovin' (the base beer of this recipe), see the "Summer Lovin" label on my blog

Base Lovin' American Wheat --- Batch 1

Style Fruit Beer Batch Size 4.25 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.46 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.007 SG
Recipe Bitterness 20.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.9 %
BU : GU   0.460        
Recipe Color 4.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.042    Measured FG:   1.006 
ADF:   86    Measured ABV:   4.7 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3 lbs 3.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 47.2 %
3 lbs 3.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 47.2 %
6.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.6 %
0.750 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.10 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 20.5 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 5 -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 6 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 8.44 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 3 steps (0.85gal, 2.15gal, 2.15gal) 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   (1.035 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.46 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
09/13/2015 esheppy
Did the mash last night and let it go overnight. Brewed today. Everything went pretty well. Ended up with OG right on. Pitched at a little below 58.
09/16/2015 esheppy
Mostly done but still very cloudy. 74
09/18/2015 esheppy
I think this can be bottled or kegged at any time. Well, not kegged because I don't have a keg for it to go into.
09/22/2015 esheppy
Gravity sample 1.006 make this a 4.7% abv beer. This is fairly close to the apricot wheat. Not sure if I'll blend some of this straight into the apricot keg or not.
10/04/2015 esheppy
Last Sunday, racked about a gallon into Apricot Lovin. Bottled the rest. Got 5 liter pets, 5 bombers, 4 12oz bottles.
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