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Offline goschman

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« on: February 01, 2013, 04:49:56 PM »
Hey All. Are there any concerns when adding juice from oranges, lemons, limes, etc near the end of the boil? I am not sure if the acidity would mess anything up during the fermentation or with the finished beer.

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Re: citrus juice
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 04:59:47 PM »
I would just add the zest from the peels of the citrus fruit.  FWIW, zest from a dozen limes is 3 oz.  I would worry about acidity.

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 05:01:21 PM »
If you add it to the boil, there may not be much left in the finished beer.
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Re: citrus juice
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 05:19:30 PM »
I've seen recipes using juiced oranges.  It's possible you could lower the pH too much with lemons or limes, but I think that would be a LOT of juice.  The peels have more flavor though in the finished beer.
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Re: citrus juice
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 05:25:11 PM »
Thanks All. I am definitely planning on using the zest with 5 mins remaining but thought about throwing in some juice as well. Sounds like I should just stick with the zest.

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Re: citrus juice
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 06:07:17 PM »
If you did add juice.  I would add it post fermentation.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2013, 06:22:53 PM by hoser »

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Re: citrus juice
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2013, 11:04:45 AM »
I'm leaning toward hoser's way of thinking but maybe by using the zest after fermentation would allow the alcohol to extract the essential oils much like how the oils are pulled from the hops when dry hopping.  Happy Groundhog's Day!

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Re: citrus juice
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 07:07:39 AM »
I'm leaning toward hoser's way of thinking but maybe by using the zest after fermentation would allow the alcohol to extract the essential oils much like how the oils are pulled from the hops when dry hopping.  Happy Groundhog's Day!
Zest can be added at the end of the boil and the flavors are very persistent in the final beer.
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