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Old 09-29-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Im new to brewing and have been using the Brewhouse kits thus far with great sucess. I am at the point in which I would like to start putting my own watermark on the kits and the idea I had was to add a like flavour to the mexican cervesca kit.

Now Im using only a primary fermenter. It is 48 litres and seems to do an awesome job. My fermenting period seems a little shorter aswell ( about 7-10 days on average)

I've done a fair bit of reading and think that adding a home made lime extract either to the primary right before bottling or to each individual bottle is probably the most efficent way to add a subtle taste of lime to my beer.

My question is:

How can I calculate how much sugar my extract will be adding. I do not what beer champagne when I open my beer on drinking day.

And if anyone else has any useful hints or tips that would be fantastic.

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Old 09-29-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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I would be VERY cautious as i think lime can be easily over done in the finished product. I'm sure most people will tell you to drink your beer and have a lime wedge with it! but if lime in beer is what you want, then i recommend adding the lime extract (sugarless would be best) at bottling to taste.

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then i recommend adding the lime extract (sugarless would be best) at bottling to taste.
will this produce enough carbonation?

Aswell thank you for the advice
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if you use sugar less it will not restart the fermentation which is where you carbonation comes from. I would also be careful with the lime extracts you use. Some have preservatives which could kill the yeast and cause your beer not to carbonate at all.

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I was thinking about making my own extract via a lime peel immersion in vodka ( I have the recipee at home, at work currently) So that should take out a lot of the additives.

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There are a few threads on here about using lime, they are usually short lived, because I think other than me, there has only been a hand full who have actually done it. There's a couple threads below in the "similar threads" box. including it looks like one recipe .

I've posted mine a few times. Here's the link to my recipe.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/854185-post9.html

And that is from this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/lime...10/#post854185

Which if I recall was mostly conjecture (not many people who actually brewed with lime) a handful of bud bashers, and a couple of us who have had experience. But some decent info.

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I was thinking about making my own extract via a lime peel immersion in vodka ( I have the recipee at home, at work currently) So that should take out a lot of the additives.
I'd be interested to hear how this works out. I am toying with the idea of infusing some peels into a "candi syrup" made by boiling lactose and water and steeping the peels in that. I'm thinking that since lactose is a non-fermentable sugar then it might make for a sweeter lime flavor.
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http://www.recipezaar.com/Pure-Key-Lime-Extract-110089

this is the lime flavour recipee i will be using.

They way I think im going to go about it is to take a glass of my fermented wort, add drops of the lime untill I find a flavour I like and add a teaspoon of dextrose. I know that the lime will have sugar within it, so the suger im adding is totally a guesstimate ( I added 2 teaspoons previously and it was dead on, so Im saying the fruit = 1 the dextrose = 1)
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