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Old 02-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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I am going to be using dogfish heads blood orange hef recipe. Should I add the fruit before the vigorous fermentation or wait until its over and drop it in? I thought about doing half before and half after.

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Just do it after. There's no notable advantage to adding fruit before ferment, and you might blow off some of the more volitile aroma compounds from the citrus.

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After.Fermentation will take that sweet sweet aroma right up and out of the airlock.

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I figured that waiting would be the answer I would get. Do I need to transfer to secondary or can I just add the fruit into primary?

How do y'all normally add the fruit? Muslin bag weighted down by something?

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I figured that waiting would be the answer I would get. Do I need to transfer to secondary or can I just add the fruit into primary?

How do y'all normally add the fruit? Muslin bag weighted down by something?
Don't think you would want to use a secondary on a hef since you should not be trying to clear your brew. I have just added the fruit without a bag and seem to get all the flavor I am looking for each time.
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In the past I've had good luck with racking to secondary then adding fruit and letting it sit for 2 weeks then off to bottle.

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