Apricot Wheat- Archived

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Wheat is a great backdrop for showcasing the delicate flavors of apricot, and the banana/clove nuance of our wheat yeast serves as a great foil for the fruit. This refreshing summer indulgence is sure to become a year-round favorite!

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This recipe has a lot of fruit. Put your fermenter somewhere safe incase it leaks during fermentation. 

What You Get

1 Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

1 Packet of BrewMax LME Pale

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

You Provide

2 cans of Apricost in Heavy Syrup (16oz.)

1 teaspoon of toasted Cardamom seed

For Fans Of

Blue Moon Apricot Wheat

Lost Coast Brewing Apricot Wheat

Brew Specs

Flavor: Fruity

Original Gravity: 1.044

Final Gravity: 1.011

ABV: 4.5%

SRM: (Color): 4

IBU: (Bitterness): 19

STEP 1: Sanitizing

Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into your blender add the lid and shake and let sit for 2 minutes. Then pour the solution from the blender into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract,then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

2. Pour the 2 cans of Apricot's in syrup into your santized blender, puree the fruit and set aside to add later.

3. Add the Cardamom seeds to your 3-quart or larget pot. Increase the heat to medium and toast the seeds until they give off a faint aroma.

4. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your 3-quart or larger pot that contains the cardamom. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.

5. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

6. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

7. Add the Apricot puree into your fermenter.

8. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

9. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

10. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

Tip from our Brewmasters

After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by JokerLion from Add Citra hops for a great beer I was inspired by the Ithaca Brewing Company's Aprocot Wheat, by I wanted my own take on it. Instead of cardamom, I add 0.5 oz of Citra hops to the primary fermentation (10 days), and my apricot puree to a second fermentation (10 days). Shortly before bottling, I supplement it with 1.5 oz (3 tbsp) of Brewer's Best natural apricot extract to bring out that apricot aroma. I follow the recommended carbonation and conditioning times. The end result is a terrific beer that get rave reviews from my friends and family. The fruity apricot notes are there, and the Citra hops is a perfect compliment.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by Corbonzo from Fruity, Cidery, Tastey! Give this beer plenty of time to lager! Early on it is sweet and has a cider-beer quality. The longer it lagers, the more the cidery taste tames down.Next time I try brewing this, I may just cut down to one can of apricots.Don't get me wrong, this by no means is a bad beer! I would enjoy this one most in the warmer months into autumn.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by SpiderDan from Overall, a decent batch My wife tried & loved one of a miedium sized craft brew Apricot Wheat, so I figured I'd give this a try. The only substitute I made was to get some apricot puree from a can; ready to add, so I didn't have to puree them myself. Maybe next time I will, as this batch had a subtle "metallic" taste - which I think came from the can of puree. The wife didnt seem to really notice it, but i found it distracting. Overall, it was an easy reciepe & my wife is very much enjoying it. I'm not a big fan myself, but if he's happy, then I'm happy. She asked me to make it again, so I likely will. This time however, I'll try some of the Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast (the packets under the can lids seem to be a little older...) and will get the apricots and puree them on my own, rather than using the canned puree.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scavs from Delicious Summer Beer This one turned out great for me! All my friends loved it!Follow the recipe all the way.I just toasted the actual seed pods as read.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beer Meister from Good flavor It's a simple recipe , yet it's crisp, taste great.
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by rollingdice from Comparable to Craft Brews! This is my second ever home brew I have made. Ironically, the first brew I made was the Bavarian Weiss, which is what this Apricot Wheat ships with along with additional ingredients. I felt my first brew (the Bavarian Weiss) was "ok". When I found out the same Weiss container was shipped with this recipe I wasn't too delighted; however, all the other ingredients really do make a difference. That is, you add your own apricots. I went and got the best looking organic apricots I could find. I followed the directions as precisely as I could and was very particular about being clean. I've even had the patience to wait for each of the stages, adding an extra week onto each stage for good measure. When I tried my first bottle after waiting for the entire process, I was impressed with the difference compared to my first brew. This actually tastes like a real craft beer. Great aromas coming from the pour, small but pleasant head, and a great taste. There were a few things I would hope to improve on: There was a ridiculous amount of sediment in about half of my bottles. One of them looks like it is 50% sediment. I'm familiar with unfiltered beers but this is like mouthfuls of sediment. I easily got around this issue by either pouring very slowly or using a very very fine strainer. The other thing is that there is somewhat of a slightly sour taste (not like a spoiled beer taste) that I have noticed seems to be decreasing as time progresses so maybe even though I added an extra week onto each of the three stages I need to wait a little longer to get that pure taste I want. Overal this was fantastic. It encouraged me to brew more as I wasn't very impressed with my first.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by MGoBirch from Way too much cardamom in recipe I honestly couldn't figure out what I did wrong in this recipe until I learned more about ingredients and appropriate amounts in a particular size batch. Decorticated cardamom seeds, those being the tiny black seeds left after pulling them from a full pod of cardamom, are what is called for in the recipe, or at least that's the impression I'm under. Master brewers seem to agree that the appropriate amount for a gentle effect of that floral note that cardamom presents is 1-2-3-4 tsp. for 5 Gallons. So this was roughly 4 times as much as should have been used for a 2 Gallon batch, and I could tell. Tasted almost soapy with so much cardamom flavor.However, after cold-conditioning for 2 months, those flavors have been muted and I can tell what this beer would have tasted like had the recipe called for less cardamom. If I were making this recipe, I would make it with roughly 1-4 teaspoon of cardamom seeds, or even the seeds from only 1 pod. Hey, maybe even try it without the cardamom first, then add a pinch.You get the idea, I think this beer would be great with more moderation from the more recently popular ingredients.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by McQueen Pub and Grill from Apricot Wheat Wow what an amazing Ale. Very smooth and easy to enjoy. This is by far one of the best brews I have made using Mr Beer. Shared a 6-pack with friends at a party. All gave it a Thumbs Up!! Definitely will brew this again!!
Date published: 2017-03-25
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