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Old 03-27-2012, 08:52 PM   #91
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Brewing this sometime this week. In reading through the thread, I plan on zesting, actually zesting, 3 to 6 lemons, whatever will get me 2oz. I will be boiling that for about 5 minutes is all. IMO, that should release all the flavor that I want.

I usually don't secondary beers but I plan on using a secondary for this, maybe even a tertiary to really REALLY clear this beer up.

I will post pics of the brewday and once the brew is complete.

happy brewing!

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:28 AM   #92
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Since there has been some confusion about how to zest the lemons, I did 3 lemons and zested them finely and got exactly 1 oz. Will add them at 5 min and will keep you all informed. I'm actually brewing this RIGHT now.

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*edit* i also made sure to wash them before zesting. dont want no pesticides in my beer!

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Old 04-02-2012, 02:58 AM   #93
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hit the OG right on the nose. this beer looks awesome and smells great. i cant wait!

I really want this beer to be very clear so although I usually dont secondary, I think I am going to this time, unless someone has done this that says otherwise.

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #94
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Thanks for the updates. Let us know how it goes. I bottle my American IPA this Sunday and this beer is next. I made it last year and loved it.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #95
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I did this as a 2.5 gallon batch a week ago and zested 2 lemons, it's finishing now at about
1.008 but testing the hydro sample I did not get much of a lemon taste. Maybe next time I will try the thin peel method.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:45 PM   #96
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did you zest them finely like i did or what did you do?

i zested 3 lemons and got exactly 1oz of much more potent zest as the surface area is increased

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Old 06-19-2012, 07:24 AM   #97
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This beer looks awesome! I am going to brew a ten gallon batch tomorrow following the original recipe using a microplaner. I plan on serving this beer for my Fourth of July block party in two weeks. I will keep everyone updated.

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Old 06-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #98
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by the way, this beer is fantastic however i wholeheartedly suggest that anyone zesting lemons use only 1 oz for a subtle lemon flavor and USE ORGANIC LEMONS. although i scrubbed the hell out of the lemons i used, it seems like there was still a bit of pesticide on them which leads into a slight lemonfresh-dawn-dish-detergent flavor.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:43 AM   #99
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The brew was a hit at my 4th of July party. 10 gallons of beer was gone in 5 hours and everyone was talking about it. I only used 1 oz of lemon zest (6 average size lemons) and the flavor was subtle yet very pleasent. I cleaned my lemons and soaked them in water for a hour to wash any pesticide left behind. Great Brew!

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Old 08-15-2012, 09:00 PM   #100
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Brewing this with a buddy this weekend... he hasn't brewed in a long time but when i sent him this link he all the sudden couldn't wait! Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try this!

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