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Old 01-12-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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I got 1 batch of weizenbier in bottles that are 1 week into carb, and 1 batch in the fermenter. it says wait 21 days on top of the 2 week carb period. do i have to? Also can i squeeze some lemon in my bottling bucket right before i bottle it?

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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I got 1 batch of weizenbier in bottles that are 1 week into carb, and 1 batch in the fermenter. it says wait 21 days on top of the 2 week carb period. do i have to? Also can i squeeze some lemon in my bottling bucket right before i bottle it?
You don't have to wait - wheat beers are actually one of those styles that get good very quickly and will start to deteriorate with age. I would not squeeze lemon juice into it, the acidity of it make me nervous. You can look into lemon or citrus extracts, though
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:52 PM   #3
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As a rule, 3 weeks of bottle conditioning is minimum. After that it depends on the type of beer. I read that the weizenbeers are some of the fastest beers to bottle condition.

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:08 PM   #4
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You're better off to squeeze a fresh lemon slice into the glass at serving time, the lemon juice taste does not seem to age well. I haven't tried it with beer, but I did try adding lemon juice to a pitcher of iced tea once and by the next day it didn't taste right.

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Old 01-13-2009, 12:12 AM   #5
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I'm not a wheat beer guy at all, but the question about adding the lemon juice is an interesting one. Could one possibly add lemon zest (scrape the outside of a lemon peel) into the wort at some point?

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