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Lithuanian Lovin' Wheat

Brewed: 05/01/2021   Kegged: 05/08/2021

LithLovinWheatV2.jpgIn Spring of 2021, I decided to revive some harvested Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast that I had in the fridge for quite some time.

I thought a nice light refreshing beer would be great for the middle to late spring when I would be drinking this beer, and I thought the concept of the Lithuanian Lovin' Summer Lovin' Wheat would be nice.

So, I scaled down the recipe to be a single batch. And brewed it.

I traveled to my friend Du's house to brew this beer for Big Brew Day.

The brew day was awesome. You can read about it on Big Brew Day ... Lithuanian Lovin' Wheat.

The beer was also a big hit. It has a nice orange flavor from the coriander and the orange peal. The Lithuanian yeast helps accentuate with a lemony citrus peal flavor of its own.

Nice and easy drinking. A great warm weather beer.

For more about the Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast, see Sheppy's Blog: Lithuanian Farmhouse.

For more about the Summer Lovin' series of beers, see Sheppy's Blog: Summer Lovin.

Lithuanian Lovin' --- Batch 1

Style American Wheat Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.048 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.453        
Recipe Color 5.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.044    Measured FG:   1.006 
ADF:   86    Measured ABV:   5.0 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.91 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
2.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
1.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 50.0 % 0.39 gal
4 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 5 40.0 % 0.31 gal
1 lbs Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6 10.0 % 0.08 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 21.7 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 9 - -
1.0 pkg Lithuanian Farmhouse (SheppyBrew #) Yeast 10 - -
1.25 oz Orange Zest (Primary 5.0 days) Flavor 11 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.79gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make 6 cup starter a day or two before brew day.
Water profile:
Lactic acid addition brings estimated pH from 5.8 to 5.5
After brewing, "chill" to close to 80 degrees.
Add orange zest a day into fermentation.
Keep fermentation as hot as possible for 3 or 4 days.
Keg and force carb. Drink when ready.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
04/28/2021 esheppy
Need to pick up ingredients and pack up my stuff for Big Brew Day.
04/30/2021 esheppy
Making a 6 cup starter with my harvested yeast from last time I made Lithuanian Autumn Ale. I probably collected this yeast as part of a starter for that beer. This means its been in the fridge since late October. Probably 6 months. We'll see how this goes.
05/02/2021 esheppy
Brew day Saturday at my friend Du's house who lives in Fort Collins, CO. The Beer Model and I stayed in a hotel overnight and the fermentation got started. After driving home this morning, I combined two small fermentors into my Fermonster. Very active.
05/03/2021 esheppy
Lots of Kraussen, but not much bubbling this morning. Might need to move the Tilt from Chelsea Dagger.
05/04/2021 esheppy
The beer's color looks like the fermentation is done, but there is still a thin layer of kraussen on the top. Not much bubbling. Not sure I actually want to move tilt and potentially oxidize either beer.
05/04/2021 esheppy
Zested 3 oranges and put into two tea balls. Put these right in the fermentor. 1.25 ounces of zest. I documented last time I did this that I got 3 oz out of 1 orange. Clearly, I must have gotten something backwards?
05/06/2021 esheppy
Just a bit of kraussen on the top, but the beer looks clear enough that I think I can keg any time. Can smell the orange zest out of the air lock. Nice.
05/08/2021 esheppy
Kegged. 1.006 FG. Nice gold color. The orange peal comes through really nice. In kegerator at 20 psi right now.
05/09/2021 esheppy
Carbonation is pretty good already. Grain to glass 8 days.
05/13/2021 esheppy
Left the gas on a bit too long. Turned it off. Should be ok in a couple days. That orange flavor is great.
05/16/2021 esheppy
Foam pretty good now. Nice beer. Yum 😋
06/01/2021 esheppy
Brought a growler to my nephew's graduation party. Got 3 check-ins with really good scores. This appears to be the favorite of the beers I brought.
07/12/2021 esheppy
Took growler to a BBQ party yesterday. This wasn't as big a hit as Eric's Red, but seemed to get some positive feedback. I'm pretty sure this beer is almost gone.
07/18/2021 esheppy
Killed the keg friday night. Summer Lovin' about ready to go in its place.
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