Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Summer ale with citris zest

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-04-2014, 11:41 PM   #11
Espkelly
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 24
Likes Given: 2

Default

I just brewed a blonde ale in which I added the zest of two oranges to secondary. It's not bad and seems to have a stronge citrus flavor that is mellowing a bit in the bottles. I was planning on adding it to the boil next time.

__________________
Espkelly is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2014, 01:35 AM   #12
JimRausch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Ellsworth, Maine
Posts: 800
Liked 100 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 126

Default

You could always add the zest in the last 5min of boil, and then if at bottling you feel you need more based on the flavor, add some then.
In my experience, orange zest is fairly subtle- takes 2-3 to make a difference, but lemon is pretty strong- 1 is plenty. Have not tried lime.

__________________

Primary:on summer hiatus
Cold Conditioning:nothing
Bottle conditioning:nada
Drinking: Apricot moon, Orange Moon, Ryecentennial PA,Caribou Slobber,Jim's Altbier,Mocha Cherry Stout,Pope Gil's Red Shoes(Irish Red),La Fin de L'Annee, Soxtoberfest, Opening Day Vienna Lager, Ben's Doublealt, Gunslinger Cranberry Graf, several others

JimRausch is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2014, 02:59 AM   #13
BigFloyd
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigFloyd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tyler, Texas
Posts: 4,806
Liked 626 Times on 548 Posts
Likes Given: 575

Default

I'd refrain from doing all three (orange, lemon and lime) in the same brew. You don't want the flavors to be confusing or overpowering, but something that compliments the beer and makes it refreshing.

At most, opt for a combo of two that go together like orange/lemon or lemon/lime.

__________________
Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew
BigFloyd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2014, 07:20 PM   #14
Strat6255
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 29
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigFloyd View Post
I'd refrain from doing all three (orange, lemon and lime) in the same brew. You don't want the flavors to be confusing or overpowering, but something that compliments the beer and makes it refreshing.

At most, opt for a combo of two that go together like orange/lemon or lemon/lime.
I decided I'm going to go with the orange and lemon combo. I'm going to rack it in my secondary after a week or so in primary. How long should I let it sit in secondary?
__________________
Strat6255 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2014, 11:56 PM   #15
BigFloyd
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigFloyd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tyler, Texas
Posts: 4,806
Liked 626 Times on 548 Posts
Likes Given: 575

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Strat6255 View Post
I decided I'm going to go with the orange and lemon combo. I'm going to rack it in my secondary after a week or so in primary. How long should I let it sit in secondary?
Using zest for your fruit flavor, I'm not sure why you're wanting to move it to a secondary, especially after just a week. Simply leave it in the primary until it's time to prime/bottle.
__________________
Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew
BigFloyd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2014, 10:56 AM   #16
hehawbrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 499
Liked 38 Times on 34 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigFloyd View Post
Using zest for your fruit flavor, I'm not sure why you're wanting to move it to a secondary, especially after just a week. Simply leave it in the primary until it's time to prime/bottle.

Yes.

Unless your doing a really big beer like a barley wine that needs to sit a long time, secondary isn't needed. Let your beer sit 5 or 6 weeks and if will be clear.

Do you use Irish moss?

I think the citrus oils will come out better in boil. It will also reduce chance of infection.


Sent from my iPad using Home Brew
__________________
hehawbrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-07-2014, 03:58 PM   #17
Strat6255
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 29
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigFloyd View Post
Using zest for your fruit flavor, I'm not sure why you're wanting to move it to a secondary, especially after just a week. Simply leave it in the primary until it's time to prime/bottle.
I'm brewing it tomorrow. I was gonna use 3 oranges and 2 lemons in my primary. Would that be too overpowering for a 5 gallon batch?
__________________
Strat6255 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
summer here time to do a summer beer any ideas bkirkland Recipes/Ingredients 2 04-25-2014 04:10 PM
Fresh zest....to "dry zest" or late addition boil? MonkeyWrench General Techniques 3 11-19-2012 11:40 AM
Falconers Citris IPA glentzerm Recipes/Ingredients 0 12-30-2011 02:31 AM
should I or should I not? Zest! GodsStepBrother Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 05-20-2009 12:01 AM