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Summer Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 05/06/2023   Kegged: 05/15/2023

National home-brew day was coming up, and I asked the Beer Model if she would like to brew a beer that day.  She said "yes".  I gave her some choices on what to brew and eventually, she decided on a beer like New Belgium Brewery's Sunshine Wheat.

Sunshine wheat is a light, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing American Wheat beer with a nice citrusy orange and coriander flavor and just a bit of a honey malt coming through.

The Beer Model decided she would like to call her beer "Summer Lovin'".  That is better than any of the names I had come up with, so that is the name we went with.

I created the recipe for her using most of the ingredients from the New Belgium web-site, although I did take some liberties.  Instead of carapils, I used some honey malt, which has worked real well for me in the past.  I also used East Kent Goldings instead of Target hops, which really should not make a huge difference, especially since they only provide the bitterness.  Just as with Sunshine Wheat, I will use coriander and orange zest for flavoring.  Summer Loving Wheat may be a bit higher in alcohol than Sunshine, but not much.

This was SheppyBrew's first all-grain wheat batch.


The second batch was pretty much the same as the first one except I adjusted it to be slightly larger and made in the mash tun instead of BIAB. I also used Chinook hops and threw them in as a first wort hop rather than a traditional 60 minute addition.

Batch 3 was the same, except I got rid of the double infusion and adjusted the hops to match what I had in stock.

Batch 5 was the first done in my Anvil Foundry.

Batch 7 was a Big Brew Day brew at my friend Doc's house.

If you would like to read on the blog about brew day or other Summer Lovin' related content, follow this link.

Summer Lovin' Wheat --- Batch 7 (334)

Style American Wheat Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.33 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   40 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.050 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 24.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.3 %
BU : GU   0.498        
Recipe Color 4.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.049    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   79    Measured ABV:   5.1 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.59 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
4.00 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 47.6 % 0.39 gal
5 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 47.6 % 0.39 gal
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6 4.8 % 0.04 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [15.80 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 7 24.9 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 9 - -
1.0 pkg SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) [25.00 ml] Yeast 10 - -
2.00 oz Orange Zest (Primary 5.0 days) Flavor 11 - -
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Primary 5.0 days) Spice 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.13 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.64gal, 3.66gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Water profile:
Lactic acid addition brings estimated pH from 5.8 to 5.3
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.
Add orange zest a couple days into fermentation.
Total fermenation time 2 weeks.
Keg and force carbonate. Drink when ready

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.043 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.33 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
05/04/2023 esheppy
Brewing this on Big Brew Day 2023. Putting in ingredient order right now.
05/07/2023 esheppy
Brew day went well. My OG was pretty low, but these days that I brew with friends hardly ever go as planned
05/09/2023 esheppy
Fermentation started before the end of the day and has been going strong since. Adding coriander today along with 6oz of sugar and enough water to dissolve/ pasteurize. Need to figure out when to zest oranges.
05/10/2023 esheppy
Adding that sugar really kicked up fermentation. Going hard.
05/16/2023 esheppy
Kegged yesterday with about 1.5 oz orange zest (4 oranges). FG 1.010, 5.1% abv. Sample tasted like this beer usually tastes. Chilling and carbonating.
05/17/2023 esheppy
Needs carbonation, but actually getting close. Really nice orange flavor. Really nice beer.
05/20/2023 esheppy
Served my 21 old child a flight of the beers I have on tap. This was his favorite. Melting Stream was a close 2nd. Captain Serious #3. No Drums #4. Interesting.
06/18/2023 esheppy
Beer is nice and clear now. Still great orange zest flavor. Wonderful wheat beer.
06/25/2023 esheppy
Bit hit with the Trash family. Orange zest really mellowed. Great beer.
07/13/2023 esheppy
Cleared up nicely. Lots of orange zest flavor. Yummy summer beer.
08/04/2023 esheppy
Perfectly carbonated. Nice and clear. Beautiful yellow almost gold color. Zest comes through nicely. Great summer beer.
09/08/2023 esheppy
Orange zest still comes through great. Wrong last much longer.
09/12/2023 esheppy
Keg blew. Actually great timing because I kegged Buckwheat's BPA tonight and can slide it right in. Also need this keg for Shoddy IPA soon.
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