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Old 05-29-2011, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Toecutters Brewery Blood Orange Belgian Wit

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WPL-400
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 11
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.009
IBU: 13
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 9 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14@65dg
Tasting Notes: Nice smooth, Creamy head, easy to drink, summer beer

Ingredients:
9 Lbs 2 row
2 lbs Vienna
11 Lbs White Wheat
1/2 Lb Flaked Barley
1oz Cascade 5.5% @60 min
1oz Cascade 5.5% @ 10 Min
10 Blood oranges (or whatever you have)

Mash in 1.25 qts per pound of grain. 60 minutes at 151DG. Recirculate until wort runs clear. fly sparge for 30 minutes. boil 60 minutes adding hops at intervals as noted.
prepare blood oranges by slicing and scooping out the insides. Use a potato peeler to remove as much skin as possible. boil 1 qt water. cool to 180dg, add oranges, peel, and juice. prepare a hop bag. add orange pieces, and peel. Pour all this into the fermenter. Ferment for 14 days. the WPL-400 will produce a very active fermentation

cold crash for 2 days, keg, and carbonate to 3.5-4 volumes.


I just put this in the kegerator. Drinking it at day 22. i filtered this, most witts are unfiltered.

Smells slightly sour, but taste is not sour. very slight bittering, tapers to smoothness that slides right down the throat. nice mouth feel, nice creamy head

this is a wonderful beer. it will be a staple.

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Old 05-29-2011, 03:13 AM   #2
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:37 AM   #3
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timely post.. i was just discussing my wit plans for october (thinking ahead) and the blood orange idea came up. My recipe is a bit different but I am now sold on the blood orange. sounds delicious.

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Just pulled a glass of this from my latest batch. been aging/carbing for a month. nice beer. even the wife likes it

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Picked up some blood oranges on a whim today, already had the ingredients for an Allagash White clone... thinking that I'll probably be doing this instead, looking forward to it!

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Old 01-29-2012, 01:19 AM   #6
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Picked up some blood oranges on a whim today, already had the ingredients for an Allagash White clone... thinking that I'll probably be doing this instead, looking forward to it!
a good choice. I was down to 1/2 keg so I brewed yesterday, first of the new year. I dropped 12 gallons of this into the fermenter with some fresh oranges off my tree. watch out for the WLP 400 yeast its very active. I just checked the fermentation chamber, I am locked on at 68 dg ferm temp and its erupting out of the blowoff tube like a volcano spewing Lava.
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Well, I'll be doing this with small substitutions, I've got the Wyeast Belgian Witbeir yeast on hand, and no Veinna so subbing Munich... also was thinking about subbing some Hallerteau... we'll see, it will be an adventure.

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I got the ingredients to brew this today. Looks like a good one. Do you save peel, remove the "skin" between peel and the heart of the orange, then add it all to 180 Deg water? And do you put it in hop bag and add juice (using bag like strainer)to the fermenter or everything?

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I got the ingredients to brew this today. Looks like a good one. Do you save peel, remove the "skin" between peel and the heart of the orange, then add it all to 180 Deg water? And do you put it in hop bag and add juice (using bag like strainer)to the fermenter or everything?
I have 10 gallons of this in the fermenter right now.

Heres how I do it. Boil about 2 quarts of water. cut oranges in half. scoop out insides with a spoon over a bowl to catch juice and pieces.when complete, use a good potato peeler to peel skins, takeing care to not get much of the white matter (pith),its bitter. The flavors and oils are in the peel.

Let water in pan sit a couple of minutes to cool slightly . Then dump all your orange stuff into the pan, let it soak a few minutes. then dump it all into the fermenter on top of you wort.

I have used a hop bag, but prefer not to so I get all the flavors mixed into the wort
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Cool!!! Thanks for the quick reply....I'm doing this one today.

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