top left corner

Summer Lovin' American Wheat

Brewed: 07/11/2021   Kegged: 07/23/2021

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 done in my Anvil Foundry.

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 5

Style American Wheat Beer Batch Size 5.70 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.81 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.426        
Recipe Color 5.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:    1.010
ADF:   79    Measured ABV:    5.3


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.08 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
4.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 45.5 % 0.39 gal
5 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 5 45.5 % 0.39 gal
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6 4.5 % 0.04 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 21.6 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 - -
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 10 - -
8.0 oz Honey [Primary] Honey 11 4.5 % 0.04 gal
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 - -
2.00 oz Orange Zest (Primary 5.0 mins) Flavor 13 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 32.31 qt of water at 155.9 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

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. 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.
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   (6.81 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Click here to see previous recipes
Brewing Notes:
06/29/2021 esheppy
Bought ingredients on Saturday during the Brew Hut's 26th anniversary.
07/11/2021 esheppy
Brew day went well. OG right at 1.050 with about 6 gallons into the fermentor. 4 hour brew day. 4.5 with cleanup.
07/12/2021 esheppy
Fermentation going this morning. Don't have Tilt in, but the temp strip shows 64 degrees.
07/13/2021 esheppy
Fermentation going strong. Nice thick krausen. Lots of bubbling. Temperature strip says 66 degrees. Nice coriander aroma coming out of the air lock.
07/23/2021 esheppy
Kegged. Added in 3 oranges worth of zest into 2 tea balls. Only 1oz on the scale. 1.010 FG. Nice flavor. Into keg at 20psi. Yummy.
07/24/2021 esheppy
Tasty. Needs more carbonation.
07/30/2021 esheppy
Great. Rise orange flavor. Carbonation pretty much perfect.
09/02/2021 esheppy
Clear golden beer. Still has a nice orange flavor. Not much left. Yummy. 😋
09/19/2021 esheppy
Still a wonderful beer. Still a great orange flavor.
11/04/2021 esheppy
Still tastes great. If anything, the orange zest is getting more intense and delicious. Very clear now. Have to be getting low.
11/08/2021 esheppy
Killed the Keg over the weekend.
bottom left corner
SheppyBrew Home Page