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Old 09-15-2010, 02:57 AM   #1
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Default Oops added fresh lemon juice instead of lemon concetrate at bottling....bad?

Ok so my recipe calls for 4oz of lemon concentrate to be added before bottling. I mistakenly added fresh lemon juice. How will this effect my recipe? Is there a possibility for calamity such as bottle bombs, or spoilage?

I don't care if I will end up with less-lemony beer, I am just worried about something bad happening.

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Old 09-15-2010, 03:24 PM   #2
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anyone?

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Old 09-15-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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If the lemon concentrate was intended to provide the sugar necessary to carb the bottles, then your bottles won't carb. What was your recipe?

The good news: if you have to dump all these back in the bottling bucket, you won't have to worry too much about oxidation due to the lemon juice you added.

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If the lemon concentrate was intended to provide the sugar necessary to carb the bottles, then your bottles won't carb. What was your recipe?

The good news: if you have to dump all these back in the bottling bucket, you won't have to worry too much about oxidation due to the lemon juice you added.


Well, I used priming sugar anyways, so I should be OK i guess.

The recipe was "Metedeconk Ale" from my local brew store. The directions are great 'till the bottling part. Only states "Add 4oz of Lemon Concentrate prior to bottling" But I believe it came with 5oz of priming sugar as well.

Not sure on the sugar because I have a ton of 5oz priming packets since I also Keg.
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I am really only concerned that adding the fresh juice will cause some sort of spoilage, or infection? I doubt infection will happen because of the alcohol content, but im worried about spoilage since it is a fresh juice.

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The juice won't have harmful bacteria. It was probably pasteurized. If you squeezed it yourself, there is a 1 in 100,000 chance you might get an infection. I wouldn't worry about it. They use that stuff to make cleaning agents. It's so high in vitamin C that it's sterile. That's why citric acid is added to almost all fruit juices, to preserve it.

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The juice won't have harmful bacteria. It was probably pasteurized. If you squeezed it yourself, there is a 1 in 100,000 chance you might get an infection. I wouldn't worry about it. They use that stuff to make cleaning agents. It's so high in vitamin C that it's sterile. That's why citric acid is added to almost all fruit juices, to preserve it.
I squeezed it myself. Well, there's not much I can do now except wait anyways.

Ill post an update in a few weeks if I remember.
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I squeezed it myself. Well, there's not much I can do now except wait anyways.

Ill post an update in a few weeks if I remember.
hi Luney. I'm trolling through the search function, as I'm brewing up some of the Metedeconk Summer next week.

How did this turn out for you?
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