Originally Posted by Toecutter
My Belgian Orange Wheat is a staple in my kegarator. drinking some right now. i have done this many times. i have an abundance of orange trees, including tangerines in my yard, so they come cheap. for a 10 gallon batch i use 8-10 oranges. do as the other poster suggested, in the muslin bag. i core out the insides with a spoon, then peel the skin with a potato peeler. boil a quart of water for a few minutes. turn off the flame. dump everything in the water. let it sit a few minutes. then dump all the solids into a sterilized nylon stocking or muslin bag. then dump it all, pan of water with juice, and bag right into the primary. add your wort, then pitch your yeast. the orange skin has a lot of oils in it which add to the flavor. makes a nice beer
I am on the fence over adding the fruit to the primary or secondary. I was planning my first tangerine wheat this weekend and was going to add tangerines to the primary a few days into fermentation once I hit roughly 1.020 and let it ferment out and then transfer to a secondary for a few more weeks.
My biggest fear is not having the head space in a 6 gallon primary to add 4-5 pounds of fruit
Here is my recipe so far (10 gallon batch split in two, one tangerine, one peach or...)