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Old 01-28-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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I recently just boiled orange peels from 6 oranges in my wort for 1 hour. I tasted the wort once I placed it into the ice bath and it tasted very sweet and had a nice citrus taste to it, I was happy with the result. I did research after I brewed this batch because I never used orange in my brew before. Apparently You are only supposed to put the peels in during the last 10 minutes of the boil otherwise it becomes sour and bitter after fermentation. I am worried I ruined this batch by boiling the orange peels to long. has anyone ever added the orange peels during last hour of boil? and is 6 orange peels to many?

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Your batch is not ruined and will probably come out just fine. RDWHAHB.

Boiling the orange peels longer will likely increase the bitterness somewhat, but I wouldn't worry about it too much. Most people use dehyrdated sweet or bitter orange peels from the homebrew shop, which are different than fresh orange peels. When using fresh peels, most brewers try to avoid the white pith of the fruit on the peels as the pith is said to add more bitterness than the peel itself. Also, I am not sure how the peel itslf will cause the beer to become sour, that doesn't seem right. Either way, don't worry, your batch is not ruined.

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