Bottling and Secondary of Orange Wheats

Today I bottled my Orange American Wheat 2 and added my sweet orange peels to my third Orange American Wheat when I transferred to secondary.  I miscalculated how many bottles I would need so I ended up putting the extra beer in a growler.  Hopefully the growler will ferment properly because it was more of a spur of the moment idea.

I used two third cups of sugar like my first Orange Wheat for priming this time as well to get around to give me around 2.6 Volumes of CO2.  I liked the amount of head I was getting from my last orange wheat which I tried last night to see how it was doing.  I took a specific gravity of 1.010 at 66 degrees before bottling today giving me 4.3% ABV.  According to Rooftop Brew’s Glenn Tinseth’s formula IBU calculator this brew has a total IBU of 16.9 which is a characteristic of beer I will have to learn more about.

Orange Wheat 2

CO2 Volume: 2.6

ABV: 4.3%

IBU 16.9

My Orange Wheat 3 had a specific gravity of 1.010 at 66 degrees also giving me a ABV of 4.8%.  I added dried sweet orange peels to my secondary to see how that will make a difference in taste.  Moving my brew to my carboy I found that I had more of this brew than any of my others because it almost over flowed my carboy and I still had brew left in my primary bucket.  I am not sure how I ended up with so much of this brew because I did not do anything different with this brew but I must have added more water to this brew.

Orange Wheat 2

Potential ABV: 4.8%

IBU 13.7

Belated Bottling and Secondary

Thursday I realized as I got ready to bottle that I was out of bottle caps.  So I had to put off bottling until last night.  I bottled my first Orange Wheat beer and am very excited to try it in a few weeks.  This is the first brew I did not use a prepackaged bag of priming sugar but measured out sugar cane to prime with. I used two thirds of a cup of cane sugar boiled in one cup of water for my five gallons of brew.  Ideally this should give me about 2.6 Volumes of CO2.  I took a SP of 1.010 at 68 degrees before I added my priming sugar to my Orange American Wheat which should give me an abv of 5.1%.  I got just over 50 bottles from this brew and hopefully it will turn out with a nice sweet orange flavor.

To clean and cap my bottles I talked my lady friend into helping.  She does not like beer in the slightest but she knows I love to brew so she wanted to help. You know you found a good girl when she will volunteer to help clean and cap your bottles, two of my least favorite things in brewing.

After I bottled my Orange American Wheat I moved my second orange brew, my Orange Wheat, to secondary.  I took a SP of 1.010 at 68 degrees so this brew should have around 4% abv.  This is a lower abv but it will help me determine when and how I will like to add my orange flavoring.  In another 12 days I plan to bottle this batch, which will be my second to last brew before the semester is over.