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Old 03-12-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Adding orange peel to Cream Ale

I am looking to add a little more flavor to my Cream Ale and have heard adding a mixture of sweet and bitter orange peel in the secondary fermentor is best.

A) Is adding both (bitter and sweet) beneficial or should I stick with only one?
B) If I add both, what should the ratio be and how much of each should I add to a 5 gal batch?
C) Is adding orange peels during the secondary fermentaion the best way to go about it?

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Old 03-12-2013, 02:01 AM   #2
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I can't answer your question but would love to know the answer myself. I have a batch of cream ale that will be ready to bottle this weekend and woul dlove to try adding a bit of orange to it. Being from northern NY I was weened on Genessee Cream ale.

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In the recipes ive doen with orange peel its added towards the end of the boil. As to what kind to use, thats totally up to what you like.

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In the recipes ive doen with orange peel its added towards the end of the boil. As to what kind to use, thats totally up to what you like.
Thanks! I was debating adding at the end of boil...did that with honey in a brown ale in a brew last week.

I'd prefer the sweet orange flavor but don't want the beer too sweet, that's why I was thinking a little bitter to balance out.

How much total did you add at then end of boil for 5G? I can then mess around with the ratio but just don't know where to begin with the total quantity.
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I add the peel of 1/4 a fresh orange at the end of the boil for a 4 gl batch and it shows up so you know for sure its there in aroma and taste (blue moon clone). If you want a little bit of hint I would go with less than 1/4 fresh peel with 10min to go in the boil.

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I usually use like an ounce. Sweet orange peel wont make your beer sweet (maybe if you added a ton, idk), its just not bitter and will add a different taste to the beer.

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I add the peel of 1/4 a fresh orange at the end of the boil for a 4 gl batch and it shows up so you know for sure its there in aroma and taste (blue moon clone). If you want a little bit of hint I would go with less than 1/4 fresh peel with 10min to go in the boil.
I'm looking for more of the blue moon amount of flavor....thanks!
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I usually use like an ounce. Sweet orange peel wont make your beer sweet (maybe if you added a ton, idk), its just not bitter and will add a different taste to the beer.
Awesome, and have you added that ounce at flameout, a minute left, 5 min? I know with honey the longer its in the boil the more flavor gets boiled off, I'd assume its the same deal with orange peel.
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10 min is okay... 5 min is okay too... When I pitch the peel, its straight in and not in a bag so its in there the whole time during cooling so its still steeping after the boil till I rack to the fermenter. Oh yea when I say peel, I mean actually peeling the nice orange part off with a vegetable peeler, leaving the pith behind.

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Another addition that will get you orange flavor is to crack some coriander seeds and add them. I'd try 1/2 oz at the last couple minutes of the boil.

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