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Old 05-30-2009, 04:11 AM   #1
Apr 2009
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I have read some things saying never to make a grapefruit beer... but what about the peel? I want that bitter citrusy flavor without the stomach acid taste that I hear accompanies grapefruit in your fermentation. Should I try peel or just abandon the grapefruit IPA idea?

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Old 05-30-2009, 04:22 AM   #2
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Welcome to HBT !!!
Did you dig the don't use grapefruit fact from a wine related source? I'd not heard that, interesting.
If your looking for a grapefruit flavor I believe there are some hops that can get you there, Centennials for one can be very grapefruit to me.
Personally I would not use zest of any fruit in an IPA but please come back here and post your trials if ya do.

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Old 05-30-2009, 08:28 AM   #3
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One of my standby's uses grapefruit. The version I'm now drinking went something like this:

Wit's End

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal): 20.00 Wort Size (Gal): 20.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 36.00
Anticipated OG: 1.047 Plato: 11.70
Anticipated SRM: 3.5
Anticipated IBU: 14.8
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
50.0 18.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 77.91 2
41.7 15.00 lbs. Flaked Soft White Wheat America 73.58 2
8.3 3.00 lbs. Flaked Oats America 71.41 2

Potential represented as Yield, Fine Grind Dry Basis.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
1.00 oz. Simcoe Pellet 12.00 14.8 60 min.


Amount Name Type Time
2.00 Oz Corriander Seed Spice 5 Min.(boil)
4.00 Oz Grated Grapefruit Peel Spice 5 Min.(boil)
16.00 Oz Rice Hulls Other 60 Min.(mash)


WYeast 3944 Belgian White Beer

I subbed 2 oz 9% AAU amarillo for the simcoe and juiced the grapefruit (texas ruby, very ripe and pungent) along with the peel add. The coriander is the indian variety, freshly ground (with a pepper grinder fitted into the drill chuck!)

This is a statutory beer if ever I've tasted one, and I don't even feel guilty...
This is the ORIGINAL Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Nature's choicest products provide its prized flavor. Only the finest of hops and grains are used. Selected as America's Best in 1893.

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Old 05-30-2009, 09:46 AM   #4

I made a Grapefruit/Honey/Ginger Tripel sorta beer some years back that did very well in competition. It used not only grapefruit peel but also some small amount of juice (if I remember correctly, straight into the mash). I'm staying on the coast right now and don't have my notes available so can't really help so much. I'll see if I can find the recipe and notes sometime in the summer when I'm back home. But, point being, I'd say you definitely don't need to fear the peel at least. I don't think I'd use the juice in an IPA though. But that's me.

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Old 05-30-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
Apr 2009
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I will not fear the peel! I am super excited.... More than likely I'll tweak one of my past IPA recipes to use some of the more grapefruity hops and then add some peel to the wort... at flameout? Or should I be adding it with one of my hop additions?

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Old 05-30-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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Try amarillo hops if you want a citrus / grapfruit like IPA
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:43 PM   #7
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I'm told summit hops have a very grapefruit-like taste. I haven't had the opportunity to try them yet. Amarillo and Cascade are definitely both very citrus-like, but I'd put them closer to orange than grapefruit.

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Old 05-31-2009, 12:12 AM   #8
Jan 2009
North Central Mass
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dude.. grapefruit peels in the secondary..i did an ipa with orange peels in the secondary for 3 weeks (half a large orange) and it was there kinda but i shoulda used a whole orange.
DO IT!!!!!!! itll be good.

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Old 05-31-2009, 04:53 AM   #9
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Portland OR
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Amarillo and Simcoe hops....Dude's Lake Walk Pale Ale (in the recipe DB) uses those two varieties and you'll swear it has grapefruit juice in it. It's a taste that really grew on me.
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:03 PM   #10
Apr 2009
Northern Indiana
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I just brewed an IPA with Amarillo & Centennial hops & it's great! Kind of a lemoney/grapefuitey flavor and aroma.
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