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Old 03-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #631
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I just opened a bottle last night, five days since bottling and it was really nice. Not fully carbonated, but very bright banana and orange flavor. Will try another this weekend and post a picture.

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Old 03-31-2013, 01:09 PM   #632
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This was a little over a week after kegging. I pretty much followed the original recipe so it's a light on the orange flavor. Still very good, I think one of my best.

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Old 04-01-2013, 01:29 PM   #633
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Here is mine, one week in the bottle, more carbonation time needed, and I would like it to clear a bit (I know cloudy is true to style but I have preferences) but the ruby-red color is really nice. The flavor is fantastic, good citrus/orange/banana nose followed by much of the same on the palate. It is a bit more bitter on the finish than I like, which is probably some of the pith getting through during zesting.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:04 AM   #634
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About 5% abv... Just over two weeks in the bottle. Bloody delicious! Carbonation is sufficient though I suspect its not fully carbed to the 3.9 volume I went for. Glad I already have another 6 gallons fermenting because this isn't going to last. It's got a hint more bitterness than I think it should; probably from the hops that were left in the wort. My current batch in the fermenter only has the fruit in it... strained the hops out of the pot during the transfer. Abv of this batch should be around 6-6.5%. Excited to keg it.


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Old 04-02-2013, 06:16 PM   #635
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About 5% abv... Just over two weeks in the bottle. Bloody delicious!


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Old 04-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #636
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So this is a phenomenal beer! I followed the recipe for the most part but I added four of the blood oranges, zested and steeped, to the primary and then I added four more to the secondary. I did not make the "orange tea" for the secondary though. I just zested and cut up the oranges into small cubes, getting rid of as much white pulp as I could from the fruit, and placed all the fruit and zest directly into the secondary. This beer turned out fantastic and was enjoyed and talked about by the dozen people I had over for Easter dinner. Definitely will make this one again! Probably going to be one of my house beers on tap all the time! Has a nice orangey/bananay nose with a nice hint of clove on the tongue. Super smooth mouthfeel and just a great easy drinking beer!

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:09 PM   #637
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I am wondering how my hop substitution sounds, as I don't have any Hallertau. I do have Saaz, however and Amarillo though. I definitely prefer beers that aren't too hoppy. You think 1/2 oz Amarillo at 60 minutes and 1/2 oz Saaz at 15 sounds good? Will that Amarillo be too bitter?

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TheWeeb, I'm brewing your variation this weekend. Did you use the meat and zest of 10 oranges or just the meat? Also, how small were your oranges? I'm looking for a solid orange flavor to come through. Thanks!

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TheWeeb, I'm brewing your variation this weekend. Did you use the meat and zest of 10 oranges or just the meat? Also, how small were your oranges? I'm looking for a solid orange flavor to come through. Thanks!
Mine were small, almost tangerine sized but not quite. I carefully zested using a high quality veggie peeler, then skinned the fruit just like you would do when you eat them, then took the orange segments and pulled off as much remaining white pith as possible, then cut the segments into smaller pieces and put it all into the primary using the tea method. I used a 5 gallon paint strainer bag to give plenty of room for the liquid to circulate and yet hold it all in at bottling.

I wish I knew more about hops and hop substitutions... I'd stick to the hops that are common to the German wheat styles (ref previous post).
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Thanks Weeb, that's very helpful. Any tips for zesting the oranges? I've never zested anything before...Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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