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Old 02-17-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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I've made a pale ale spiced up with coriander, orange and grapefruit peel to ferment together with the beer at the of the fermentation. It was the zest from 2 oranges and 1 grapefruit, I have kegged it now and I am able to test. The taste is very nice, but the head fizzles away directly making a load sound like when you pour champagne or something. Could it be the zest possibly? Or the method I used to add it (directly to the beer), I wanted a extracted flavour and I think I got it. But no head though...

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:23 AM   #2
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Could easily be the oils from the citrus zest. It takes a surprisingly small amount of oil to ruin head retention. Might want to try dried orange peel next time.

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Could easily be the oils from the citrus zest. It takes a surprisingly small amount of oil to ruin head retention. Might want to try dried orange peel next time.
Cheers, I'll try and dry them next time. I have tried comercial beers with zest and they all had good head, seems unfair..
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