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Old 10-10-2010, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default Revisiting the Summer Shandy idea

So, SWMBO wants this for after she finishes growing our baby....

I look at the Leinies website and see it's a 4.5% ABV, 13.5 IBU, pale and wheat beer. I also know that, typically, Shandies are 50/50 beer/lemonade.

So what do you think of this: I brew a 9% AB, 27 IBU beer with 2/3 pale, 1/3 wheat malt, and a goodly amount of cascade hops throughout the boil. Ferment it with either S-05 or kolsch or Hefe yeast. Then once it's done, add 5 gallons of lemonade, (homemade? store bought? made from minutemaid mix and boiled water?), dropping me to 4.5% and 13.5 IBU. At the same time, I toss in whatever kills yeast, (sodium metabisulfite? is that the right thing??).

Keg it up, carb it up. Enjoy.

Think it'll work??

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Anyone have thoughts on this?

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I gotta resurrect this thread. I just made one with tap Budweiser, 1 shot of St. Germaines liquor (some elder flower concoction the wifey loves) and lemon juice.

Unbelievable, ridiculous aroma from the St. Germaines, and tastes great. I'm stunned. These will be crushed next summer.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:53 AM   #4
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Anyone have thoughts on this?
Did this ever move any farther then this? I was thinking the same thing. Brew a an american wheat with a clean yeast (that is what lienikugel uses), add some campden tablets and mix in lemmonade and done. Thoughts?
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I never did anything on it. I think, this spring, I'll give my plan a shot with the 9% ABV beer cut 50/50 with lemonade. Worst possible outcome is I waste 5 gal beer, best possible outcome is I win brownie points with SWMBO.

Biggest PITA is gonna be blending 10 gal of beer/lemonade....I don't have any 10 gallon kegs, and I don't know if I trust the sanitization of my BK.

Ooooh, as I type this, I think I have my plan. Brew my 9% ABV wheat/pale beer, ferment it out. After a few weeks, boil 5 gal of water in my BK, (that should sanitize it), let cool, add lemonade, add campden tabs, siphon in beer, keg to 2 cornies after VERY gentle stirring to blend...

Yup, will definitely give this a go around Feb/March.

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What about a half beer/half skeeter pee recipe? something like this

2lbs wheat
5lbs 2row
hops to 17ibu for 5 gallons
add 3lbs sugar and 1.5 of the 32 oz green bottles of real lemon at 3 day into fermentation.

How does that sound? I might do this as I am runnng low on Skeeter pee.

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for what i have been reading you dont want the lemonade to ferment at all. I was planning on brewing 2.5 gal batch around 8% ABV and 26 IBU using cluster (the hop leinenkugel uses). I will then ferment with a clean ale yeast (leine uses a clean lager) so ill probably use notty at low end of the range. After fermentation i will transfer to a keg carb and keg condition. After it has condition i will add campdem tablets to stop the yeast. I will then add 2.5 gal of lemonade to a new corny keg and jump the beer into this keg and it should be ready to serve. I want to condition first cause im afraid by adding the campdem tablets to early i wouldnt get the yeast to condition the beer in the keg

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Yeah, the idea of a shandy is that the lemonade is unfermented, thus making a sweeter concoction then you'd get with the half beer half skeeter recipe, (plus skeeter pee looks like such a bitch to make, with the lemon juice wanting to kill off any yeast it encounters...too much work for me...).

ekjohns, Leinies uses only Cluster in their Summer Shandy? Good to know...

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according to their website:

abv: 4.2%
IBU: 13.5
carb grams: 12
malts: blend of wheat and pale
hops: cluster
serving temp: 45 F

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We've had good success with using frozen concentrate (thawed) 1-2 tsp in the bottom of a glass filled with a honeyweiss clone. Your tastes and flavor choices are up to you. It keeps the sweetness up front.

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