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Lemonade in beer
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:39:21 AM »
I brewed ten gallons of a wheat beer on Saturday and due to some transfer issues I wound up with about 6 gallons in one carboy and only 4 in the other so I thought this might allow for a little experiment and add a gallon of lemonade to the short carboy after primary. 

I am using the weizen strain yeast but I am fermenting at about 62 so hopefully won't have a lot of the banana esters.

Anyone ever tried this?  Any ideas how the lemonade will impart flavors and probably another kick in fermentation due to the white sugar?
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 09:51:08 AM »
I've never used lemon-ade. I did use real lemons in a wheat beer a long time ago; looking for a summer thirst qiuncher. I went way over board on the lemons and it was sour. It mellowed out after a time and was drinkable, but man did the lemons come through.

Having said all that, I was watching a Leiny commercial last nght and they say they use lemon-ade in their Summer Shandy. I have no idea how much they use and I haven't tried their Shandy, but it appears to be a ommercially viable way to get lemon into beer.

Good luck. I, for one, would be interested to know how 1 gal into 4 gal works.
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 10:33:31 AM »
If you've ever had Radlers in the beer tents around Munich... they're really good!
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I use some carbonated lemonade w/ any suitable lager or ale.

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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 12:31:22 PM »
If you've ever had Radlers in the beer tents around Munich... they're really good!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radler
I use some carbonated lemonade w/ any suitable lager or ale.

Yeah a Radler is kinda what I was going for but not sure how it will turn out.  I may need to play with the ratios. 
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 12:38:17 PM »
My last brew I did a wheat with cascade and centennial. I really wanted to impart some more citrus flavor to the beer so I ended up cold brewing my priming sugar in a mason jar with the juice from 2 lemons, 1 orange and as much zest as I could get from each. I just made it at the same time as I brewed and then let it sit in the fridge for 2 weeks. I got antsy and popped the first one a couple days ago after letting them carb for a week. Tastes great, though obviously undercarbed. A lot of citrus flavor and it's full bodied so it's not too dry. It doesn't have the tartness of lemonade but  I think you could get to where you wanted if you did the same thing I did with a lot more lemon and added to the fermenter as primary was winding down or when bottling
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 12:52:31 PM »
If you want full on radler experience you'll want to stop the fermentation after primary. You could use potassium sorbate and transfer the beer to secondary. Wait a few days at chilly temps and then add your lemonage.
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 01:24:02 PM »
If you want full on radler experience you'll want to stop the fermentation after primary. You could use potassium sorbate and transfer the beer to secondary. Wait a few days at chilly temps and then add your lemonage.

Thanks Drew!  I will try that.  I wasn't sure about the added sugar in the lemonade and how that would effect the final product.
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2013, 02:42:55 PM »
What the Germans call lemonade is often a soft drink like 7-Up or Sprite. Some radlers are made with those.
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 03:51:00 PM »
What the Germans call lemonade is often a soft drink like 7-Up or Sprite. Some radlers are made with those.

I just learned today that the slang name for a beer and Sprite (technically Limo, which I guess can be lemonade or soda like Sprite) is a "Russisch," and the slang name for a Cola and Weizen is a very inappropriate thing to call black people that I won't repeat here. 
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 05:04:04 PM »
What the Germans call lemonade is often a soft drink like 7-Up or Sprite. Some radlers are made with those.

I just learned today that the slang name for a beer and Sprite (technically Limo, which I guess can be lemonade or soda like Sprite) is a "Russisch," and the slang name for a Cola and Weizen is a very inappropriate thing to call black people that I won't repeat here.

I'm pretty open to experimentation, but cola and weizen sounds pretty nasty (says the guy who is attempting to brew a batch of hard Pepsi as we speak...)
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2013, 07:26:40 PM »
I'm pretty open to experimentation, but cola and weizen sounds pretty nasty (says the guy who is attempting to brew a batch of hard Pepsi as we speak...)

AFAIK they typically use dunkelweizen, which I can see, more than a typical hefeweizen.
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2013, 04:58:40 PM »
Sounds like a Shandy to me!! Leinenkugel Summer Shandy is a Lemonade Beer mix, its amazing! Hope it turn out good for ya! I have been wanting to do exactly what your doing!!

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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 07:42:52 AM »
I'll let you guys know how it turns out.  The true test will be my brew club, but I'm pretty sure they will hate it.  Probably call it a "panty dropper" beer.  ::)
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2013, 08:32:57 AM »
Probably call it a "panty dropper" beer.  ::)

True story: I knew a guy that used that phrase a lot. He got indicted on Federal drug charges. It's definitely something "winners" say all the time.
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Re: Lemonade in beer
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2013, 08:57:40 AM »
one of my favorite summer drinks is glass full of ice, half full of carbonated lemonade and half of 312. 
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