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Old 07-03-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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I just brewed a big batch of wheat beer, 5 gallons for one keg, and 3 gallons for another.

The big batch is going to be a cherry wheat and is fermenting with US-05. The little batch will be an American Hefe made with Danstar Munich.

After the primary dies down in a week or so, I'm thinking about addings some lemon zest to the BB. What is the best method to do that?

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Old 07-03-2009, 11:12 PM   #2
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soak lemon peel minus the white pith in cheap vodka for a week until the liquid is yellow and dump in.

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I've always put it in at flameout. Guess in your case, big shotglass with the zest - topped off with vodka.

Edit: rocketman what's significant about waiting till liquid is yellow? I thought the vodka was just a sterilizer.

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Will the zest of one lemon be enough for a 3.5 gallon batch? I want just a hint of lemon, I don't want it to take over.

Guess I will try the vodka soak idea, thanks for the advice.

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Will the zest of one lemon be enough for a 3.5 gallon batch? I want just a hint of lemon, I don't want it to take over.

Guess I will try the vodka soak idea, thanks for the advice.
My brothers and I brewed up a Sam Summer clone that called for 1 oz of lemon zest in the boil. I believe we needed 2 or 3 lemons to get that 1 oz. Not sure you'll want less than 1 oz.
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