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Old 07-28-2012, 01:40 AM   #1
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I'm making a grapefruit ale recipe. The last one I made was pretty good, but I just had a Whistler Grapefruit, which has grapefruit and coriander.

Would I use grapefruit rinds ground up, juice, or pulp to "dryhop" the secondary fermenter?

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Old 07-28-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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Make a zest and vodka concoction and add it right before you bottle/keg.

Citrus aromas are very volatile and will likely gas off with CO2 not leaving much aroma.

The alcohol in vodka will keep those aromas nicely.

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Old 07-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #3
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Zest? That was really my question. What's zest?

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Zest is only the colorful part of the rind. The white stuff below the zest is extremely bitter and tastes horrible. If you have a cooking store go get a zest grater.

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Just the outside colored part of the rind, the white part inside is the pith and is bitter. Take a cheese grater and slowly shave off the outside part, add to some vodka or stars an to sanitize and add to ferm for about a week before bottling and it should all settle out.

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Oh man, I have a grapefruit honey ale (Brooklyn brewshop) in the fermenter now and I put the whole peel of a grapefruit in with the boil according to the instructions (or at least I thought that was what the instructions had said to do) I wonder if I ruined it... I did taste a sample from the fermenter at three days and there was a weird taste... I sure hope I haven't ruined it...

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Oh man, I have a grapefruit honey ale (Brooklyn brewshop) in the fermenter now and I put the whole peel of a grapefruit in with the boil according to the instructions (or at least I thought that was what the instructions had said to do) I wonder if I ruined it... I did taste a sample from the fermenter at three days and there was a weird taste... I sure hope I haven't ruined it...
If you boiled it it shouldn't be a big deal. And tasting at at 3 days will be slightly weird. So many different flavors that the yeasts are producing which will be re absorbed and mellow out over the coming weeks.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:21 AM   #8
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Well, I'm just racking it to secondary with zest from 1 grapefruit and an oz of Polar Ice Vodka. Thanks all!

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:37 AM   #9
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Silly question, but I assume you used Cascade hops? The grapefruity-est ever?

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my first batch without grapefruit zest was indeed Cascade. It turned out really good.

my second was with Chinook (shop was out of Cascade), but added zest in the secondary. It turned out phenomenal!

Apologies for the glass style fail.

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