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Old 02-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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I'm considering brewing a NB cream ale and was thinking of an addition to give it some orange flavor. Any thoughts of what would be good to use and when to add it in. This would be an extract kit.



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Old 02-26-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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Fresh orange zest or dried orange peels, maybe?

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/bitter-orange-peel-1-oz.html
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/sweet-orange-peel-1-oz.html

Alternatively, you could zest more than a few fresh oranges and add it at the end of the boil to get what you're looking for.



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Old 02-26-2012, 09:46 PM   #3
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I am a brand new brewer, so I don't know all the tricks, but I just brewed up a Belgian Wit. I added orange peel for the last 10 mins of the boil. I have also read that some people add it to their secondary, if you plan on using a secondary...

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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I did one with lemon over the summer. Use a veg peeler to take off strips of orange zest make sure not to get any of the white stuff under the zest. Put them in the boil the last 5 minutes. That gave me a good amount of lemon flavor.

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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I did a blood orange wheat beer recipe that used 5 blood oranges cut into chunks with 2 peels from those same oranges, all heated with a cup or two of water to about 180 to sterilize and added right to the primary. Came out very good. On another brew I've used orange zest added in the last few mins of the boil. If you do this be careful not to get the white part, it's way too bitter. An easier way is to buy dried orange peel from the LHBS. Most have both bitter and sweet.

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #6
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How many lemons/oranges did you use? Do you need to dry them first?

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Old 02-27-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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I have moved to a 10 minute and 2 minute addition...using 2 oranges per addition (per gallon). That can add up fast on large batches, you might consider raking your beer onto orange puree or marmalade in a secondary

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #8
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I'm making another batch of NewBeerGuy's http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/orange-american-wheat-191944/ and I use the zest of (6) oranges during the last 15 minutes of the boil. It is the perfect amount of orange flavor for that beer.

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I also add the zest for 15 mins. I squeeze the juice into the boil too just for the hell of it.

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Could I also toss some fresh peels, minus the white, into the secondary prior to bottling for say, 7-9 days?



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