Summertime Shanty

Summertime Shanty is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 37.
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It’s the ultimate summer thirst quencher. A clean, refreshing light beer with the perfect hint of lemon. This brew is perfect for days by the pool or sharing with friends, it’s just an all-around great summer brew.

A shandy is a beer mixed with lemonade. If you want to make this beer a true shandy then we recommend adding some lemonade to your beer when you pour it into your glass. 


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    What You Get

    1 Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Golden LME

    1 Packet of Carapils Malt

    1 Packet of Citra Hops (1oz packet) 

    1 Muslin Hop Sack

    1 Packet of Nottingham Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide 

    6 grams or 7 packets of True Lemon Crystals (You can add more packets if you want a stronger lemon flavor) 

    For Fans Of

    Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Sweet

    Original Gravity: 1.039

    Final Gravity: 1.007

    ABV: 4.25%

    SRM: (Color): 5

    IBU: (Bitterness): 4.25


    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 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,(not needed for this recipe) then place the unopened can and LME in hot tap water.

    2. Add the packet of grain to your muslin sack, tie the sack closed so that the grain can float freely within it, and trim away the excess material.

    3. Add 8 cups of water to a 1 gallon or larger pot. Bring the temperature of this water up to 155-160 degrees. Add your sack of grains to this water and hold the temperature between 155-160, for 30 minutes.

    4. Once 30 minutes have passed, remove the grain bag from your pot and rinse the grain bag with one cup of hot water, allowing the run-off to drain into the pot, do not squeeze the bag. Discard grains. Remove the pot from heat. 

    5. Dump in your packet of Citra hops into your grain water. 

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

    7. 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.

    8. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water.

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

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

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    STEP 3: Adding Extras 

    Adding Extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer which will impart more flavor and aroma to your finished brew. 

    1. On day 10 of fermentation open the packets of True Lemon and add them into your fermenter.  


    After 14 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 (17 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 a 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 solutions 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 sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    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 4 out of 5 by Thirsty One from Good product but complicated to make Was very excited about making Summer Shandy. Didn't bother to read the directions before ordering. My mistake. Mr. Beer explicitly gave detailed instructions, which I appreciate. Product was delivered on time and exactly as ordered. Only gets four stars because I felt there has to be an easier way to make Summer Shandy. Clearly there is not as this product is delicious, but this lazy self prefers simpler recipes. If you have been making beer for a few years and want to take it to the next level by adding some steps, give it a try. You won't be disappointed with the final product if you don't mind the chemistry lesson.
    Date published: 2021-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Noah0504 from Much Better Than Expected! This was recipe that I made with my wife in mind, but I enjoyed it much more than expected. The recipe is basic enough for anyone to make. I read the reviews before brewing and went ahead and added 10 packets of True Lemon Crystals instead of the 6-7 the recipe calls for, and I recommend you do the same. I fermented for 14 days and cold crashed before bottling. 5 weeks of bottle conditioning helped tone down the hops and helped the lemon to shine. Do not expect this to taste like Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. I'm actually not a fan of Summer Shandy, but this beer has been one of my favorites. It has great aroma and flavor and is very refreshing. I'll definitely be making this one again.
    Date published: 2023-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bulldog90 from Summertime Citrus Brew Great summertime citrus forward brew. I added orange peel at the 10 day mark and made the orange flavor really stand out.
    Date published: 2020-09-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by BobK from More grapefruit than lemon I really like the Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and was excited for this recipe but it came out with less lemon flavor and a lot more grapefruit. Probably from the citrus hops in the recipe as you get a very grapefruity aroma right when opening that packet. I also added several extra lemon packets but didn't taste close to the Leiny summer shandy. Still not a bad beer but, not what I expected.
    Date published: 2021-04-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous from Summer in the winter The beer came out darker than I was expecting. It has just enough bitterness to add to the flavor. It's been the perfect beer to enjoy an entire bottle after a long work day.
    Date published: 2021-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by gregm89 from Very Nice Summer Beer First time brewing this. Big fan of Leinenkugel Summer Shandy so decided to give this one a whirl. More involved that what I usually brew but take your time and you'll be fine. Fermented 16 days and conditioned for 5 weeks. First crack and the citra hops really hit you absolutely awesome on the nose. The taste is more grapefruit than lemon but still very refreshing. I used 10 lemon packs, definitely need more the next time I make it
    Date published: 2022-09-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Msmithey86 from Ready for summer! This is a fairly easy brew. Just got started on conditioning, but I gave it a taste before bottling, and all the flavors are very robust. I used 12 packets of the lemonade and I'm hoping the flavor shines a bit brighter when done conditioning. Cold crashing this brew is a must in my opinion. Even after racking it off the yeast cake, I was able to get a significant amount of suspended bits to drop off. Really looking forward to this.
    Date published: 2024-02-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Jcarter0966 from Light IPA I say light IPA because it doesn't have the heavy grapefruit flavor that comes from the citra hopps. However, has a hint. I would give it a 5, but, not as lemony as I expected. To remedy this, I will add more lemon. All that said, it's still a great beer. Hint of grapefruit and lemon brings a crisp refreshing beer. And is great sitting in the pool, a good cigar......
    Date published: 2021-07-28
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    I followed all the instructions exactly as noted, but I’m seeing that the beer is pretty dark 1 week into fermentation? 

    Asked by: Sal20
    Your brew temps may have been a bit warm. This is a common reason for darkening wort. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-08-26

    My store didn't have the True Lemon crystalized lemon they had the True Lemon lemonade. Only difference I see is the lemonade has stevia the crystalized lemon does not. Will the stevia cause an issue?

    Asked by: gregm89
    If you do not mind the taste of Stevia, that variety is fine to use. We find many customers do not enjoy the flavor of that particular sweetener but it can work. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-05-27

    I ordered three types of beer. I got all stuff needed for Shandy Czech Pilsner. I got extra Yakima Simcoe, BSG Cascade, and BSG Saaz hops--Carapils pack, Vienna, and Pilsen malt pack. Would the extra be to brew Shandy out of other two beers.

    Asked by: Parkdog
    Please contact customer service with your order number and we are happy to help you sort it out! Send us an email to Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-12-08

    Where are the instructions to make the Summertime Shandy?

    Asked by: Lakerjeff
    Hello! They will be found here, under the instructions tab! Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-06-14

    When adding in the hops do we need an extra muslin sack? I ended up with a decent amount of what I think is hops chunks in the fermenter. Do I need to strain those out when bottling?

    Asked by: gdbrown
    I used a muslin sack and left the sack in until bottling,came out just fine.
    Answered by: DrMJGMJG12
    Date published: 2021-05-21

    After adding the true lemon packets is the beer supposed to be stirred?

    Asked by: Markpec2
    You do not need to stir the beer after adding the packets.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2021-02-22
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