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Old 01-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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Greetings everyone.. I'm pretty new to homebrewing and therefore I worry and don't have any homebrew to help me with the worrying.

I have a brew that is bottled so hopefully I won't have an excuse anymore.

Anyway.. I have a question and look forward to hearing your replies.

I brewed up a Citrus Wheat this weekend. I used an American Wheat Extract kit and followed the instructions on the box to a tee. I then added the peel/zest from 5 lemons and 3 oranges with 15 minutes left in
the boil. I figured I'd give it an extra shot of citrus and squeezed out 7 oz
of lemon/orange juice and added that while transferring to my primary and pitching the yeast. I worried a bit that I might not have added too much citrus, but sure enough, after just 7 hours, it was bubbling away. It's going strong right now with around 4.5 bubbles per 2 seconds. My "beer" room smells kind of like blossoming lemon tree.. (which is a nice smell).

Do you think I overdid the citrus? Will it ruin my beer and make it too sour/undrinkable? Might this turn into a nice spring/summer citrus beverage?

Thank you for any help you can give me..

Lindyrig

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Greetings everyone.. I'm pretty new to homebrewing and therefore I worry and don't have any homebrew to help me with the worrying.

I have a brew that is bottled so hopefully I won't have an excuse anymore.

Anyway.. I have a question and look forward to hearing your replies.

I brewed up a Citrus Wheat this weekend. I used an American Wheat Extract kit and followed the instructions on the box to a tee. I then added the peel/zest from 5 lemons and 3 oranges with 15 minutes left in
the boil. I figured I'd give it an extra shot of citrus and squeezed out 7 oz
of lemon/orange juice and added that while transferring to my primary and pitching the yeast. I worried a bit that I might not have added too much citrus, but sure enough, after just 7 hours, it was bubbling away. It's going strong right now with around 4.5 bubbles per 2 seconds. My "beer" room smells kind of like blossoming lemon tree.. (which is a nice smell).

Do you think I overdid the citrus? Will it ruin my beer and make it too sour/undrinkable? Might this turn into a nice spring/summer citrus beverage?

Thank you for any help you can give me..

Lindyrig
Whenever I see a recipe that has an extract or citrus added it is usually done in a secondary or at bottling time. I am not sure what adding it to the primary will do though or if it will even have adverse effects.
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My biggest concern at first was the effects the acidity of the citrus might
have on the yeast. I think I jumped that hurdle and it's churning away
nicely. I kind of used a few different recipes I came across for similar beers, but I might have overkilled it with the 7 oz of juice..

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My biggest concern at first was the effects the acidity of the citrus might
have on the yeast. I think I jumped that hurdle and it's churning away
nicely. I kind of used a few different recipes I came across for similar beers, but I might have overkilled it with the 7 oz of juice..
That's ok, that is what homebrewing is all about. I would like to know how it turns out too.

I did a Mandarin Hefeweizen as one of my first mini-mash recipes and it was great.
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I think the fermentation will bubble away some of the aroma and flavor of the citrus, that is why most add it to the secondary. I bet it will be good though, if it is too bitter, just let it sit in the bottle an extra month to let the flavor settle out.

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Old 01-20-2009, 01:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your help..

I'm hopeful it turns out alright. I'll keep you posted. The smell isn't as strong as it was earlier.

I look at the bright side and say that no matter how it turns out, at
least I'll have some homebrew to drink when I start worrying in the future
and someone tells me to Relax and have a homebrew..

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Can't you just dry hop with Cascades hops?

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