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Old 03-25-2010, 04:31 AM   #1
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Default Help with my first attempt at a recipe

Ok with 15 or so brews under my belt I decided to make up a recipe off the top of my head, now I just want some assistance tweaking it so it will actually taste decent. All the ingrediants are already ordered and shipped so any tweaking will have to be to what you already see here in the recipe. Here is what I got so far, I want it to be a Citrus Wheat.

5.5 Gallon recipe

6 pounds of white wheat malt
4.25 pounds of pale malt 2row
.50oz bitter orange peel
.50oz sweet orange peel
.75oz amarillo gold 60 minutes
.25oz amarillo gold 15 minutes
Wyeast 1010 american wheat ale yeast

OG-1.053
IBU-21.4

I also want to add the zest from 4-6 limes depending on what feedback I get from this thread. I can up the bitter and sweet orange peel to as much as a ounce each since thats how much came in the packet. I do want this to be a wheat beer with very strong citrus notes but not so much that it kills the beer all together. Also I have a .50lb of flaked oats on hand but I'm not sure if it would be needed in this beer? This recipe is citrus themed I choose amarillo for the hops since they have a citrus type flavor.

Any help, guidance, or critiquing would be much appreciated on our first attempt at a recipe. thanks

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Old 03-25-2010, 04:42 AM   #2
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Looks pretty good to me. I haven't tried anything with limes, so can't say how that would turn out, but I would add the orange peel in the last 5 or 10 minutes of the boil.

Also, instead of amarillo, I like soriachi ace hops if you can get them. They add a nice lemony note to the beer which is nice in a wheat.

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I haven't heard of soriachi ace before, I'll have to see if i can find them

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some coriander seeds maybe? I think it would compliment the citrus very well

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what about the .50lb of flaked oats that I have on hand, would it help this recipe at all?

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would moving to whole ounces on both of the orange peels be too much? how much lime zest should i add?

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would moving to whole ounces on both of the orange peels be too much?
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how much lime zest should i add?
a LOT. like a lb maybe more
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wow a pound or more on the lime zest seems like a lot, I've never used zest before so maybe it needs that much to leave a nice lime flavor behind?

I'll also go ahead and put the whole 1 ounce of bitter and sweet orange peel in.

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maybe not a lb. i never measure. I zest until i get a pile the size of a whole orange i guess? and it depends on when you add it. add it in the boil you will kill off some of the flavor so you want to use more. add to the secondary the flavors are stronger so you want to use less.

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I would avoid the lime. Wheat tends to go very well with lemon or orange flavors and I think the lime flavor would stand out too much.

Honestly, I would let the hops and orange peel add the background citrus notes and just top it off with a slice of lemon or orange in the glass to get a fresh citrus kick. I'm just a fan of keeping it simple. If you throw every citrus you can think of into the recipe you will have no idea what caused any flavors you don't care for.

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