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Old 07-25-2010, 12:56 AM   #1
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Is Orange zest appropriate in an American Wheat? Here is my recipe:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
0.50 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 5.26 %
4.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 42.11 %
4.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 42.11 %
0.50 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 5.26 %
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 5.26 %
1.00 oz Hallertauer [3.90 %] (60 min) Hops 13.7 IBU
1.00 oz Hallertauer [3.90 %] (30 min) Hops 10.5 IBU
1.00 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 items Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1.50 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast (Fermentis #-) Yeast-Ale


I am going to be using fresh orange zest, not the dried peels. I was just wondering it that will work with the American yeast. Should I add corriander to it as well? I am not looking for a highly spiced wit, but rather a nice refreshing wheat. Thanks in advance

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Sounds good to me!


Should give a little orange tang to a nice American Wheat!
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:15 AM   #3
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Sounds good to me!


Should give a little orange tang to a nice American Wheat!
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Sounds good to me too! I never made a wheat beer before so I am flying blind on this recipe.
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Absolutely. I made a citrus wheat a few weeks ago and it's a nice refreshing summer beer.

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On the corriander part, I would personally leave it out. I don't like that flavor in blue moon, shock top etc.

I'm beng kind of hypocritical because I am about to use it in a Sam Adams clone I am trying to piece together haha

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I've used lemon zest in an American Wheat of my own design. Gives it a good lemon taste and is nice on a hot day. Was thinking about trying orange zest in the same recipe

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I did this recipe a couple years ago when I was still extract brewing and it turned out great. It used the zest from 2 lemons and 2 oranges . I think I remeber putting the zest in the microwave for a couple seconds to kill any nasties before adding them to the primary.

I might do a all grain version before the end of the summer. I might even use your grain bill and hops additions.
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Leave out the Whirlfloc. You want a wheat beer to be hazy. Otherwise it sounds good.

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I did this recipe a couple years ago when I was still extract brewing and it turned out great. It used the zest from 2 lemons and 2 oranges . I think I remeber putting the zest in the microwave for a couple seconds to kill any nasties before adding them to the primary.

I might do a all grain version before the end of the summer. I might even use your grain bill and hops additions.

I put mine in the last 5 minutes of the boil
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Is Orange zest appropriate in an American Wheat? Here is my recipe:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
0.50 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 5.26 %
4.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 42.11 %
4.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 42.11 %
0.50 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 5.26 %
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 5.26 %
1.00 oz Hallertauer [3.90 %] (60 min) Hops 13.7 IBU
1.00 oz Hallertauer [3.90 %] (30 min) Hops 10.5 IBU
1.00 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 items Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1.50 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast (Fermentis #-) Yeast-Ale


I am going to be using fresh orange zest, not the dried peels. I was just wondering it that will work with the American yeast. Should I add corriander to it as well? I am not looking for a highly spiced wit, but rather a nice refreshing wheat. Thanks in advance
Should work out nice! In a way, American Wheat beers have a lot of room for interpretation, with one main condition being the use of American wheat yeasts vs. Bavarian for the clean profiles it provides.

Using fresh orange zest should be a nice addition. You really dont need to add too much, and, I recommend that you add it at flame-out and not during the boil.

Here is a suggestion/technique that someone else once told me and it works very well.

Create your zest (I use 5 large oranges usually for a subtle addition to 11 gallon batches) from oranges that have been rinsed and then quickly soaked in starsan or similar. Place in a sterilized bowl, and then add a few teaspoons of vodka, just enough to coat all the zest when you stir it around. This should take care of any little buggers.

Add the zest to the hop bag or similar right at flame-out.

Works well in my opinion!

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