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.