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Summer Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 04/19/2015   Bottled: 05/02/2015

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.

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 3

American Wheat or Rye Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.052 SG
Estimated FG
1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness
20.5 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.6 %
BU : GU   0.397        
Recipe Color
4.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   84    Measured ABV:   5.5 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 45.0 %
4 lbs 8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 45.0 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.0 %
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.90 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 13.6 IBUs
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.90 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 6.9 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 7 -
0.50 oz Orange Zest (Boil 5.0 mins) Flavor 8 -
0.25 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 9 -
1.0 pkg SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) [25.00 ml] Yeast 10 -
5.0 oz Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 11 5.0 %

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
Modeled after NB Sunshine Wheat: ABV: 4.8%; 14IBU; Target Hops; Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat ; OG - 13.4 (1.054) FG - 1.9 (1.008)
Boil wort adding hops and yeast nutrient as specified. Add honey after the boil.
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. Total fermenation time 2 weeks.
Keg and force carbonate. Drink when ready

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:
150 down to 140ish over 3.5 hours 
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp   66 
Day 1: Going. 62
Day 2: 62 
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Brewing Notes:
06/12/2013 esheppy
Updated recipe for batch 3. Hoping to brew this weekend.
04/16/2015 esheppy
Bought ingredients. Going to officially brew this weekend.
04/19/2015 esheppy
Brew day today. Had the mash going at 4. Went back to bed and didn't get things started for the sparge until 7:30 or so. Temp started at 150 and ended around 140.
04/19/2015 esheppy
Had to deal with a stuck sparge. About halfway through, no flow at all. Missing up the mash did nothing. Has to scoop into a grain bag inside the small pot. Pre-boil gravity was high 1.043. Diluted with .5 gallon water.
04/19/2015 esheppy
Pitched at about 66.
04/21/2015 esheppy
Fermentation has been going well. Temperature fell to around 62 and has not risen much over the past 2 days, but things are going strong. Nice orange aroma coming out of the airlock.
04/22/2015 esheppy
Going stronger. Beer temperature has risen to about 70.
04/24/2015 esheppy
Bubbling pretty much stopped. Kraussen starting to fall. 70 degrees. Still a nice orange aroma from the air-lock.
04/28/2015 esheppy
Took a gravity sample. 1.009 puts the abv at 5.4%. Lots of orange zest flavor. Should be a hit. Might keg Thursday.
05/07/2015 esheppy
First taste from keg. Fantastic orange flavor on this beer. Just awesome. Could use more carbonation. Cloudy. Great beer.
07/18/2015 esheppy
Keg blew. Been a good beer for awhile now.
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