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Old 06-07-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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Toss them in a fermenter!!!

My wife is making lemoncello, which is basically lemon zest, vodka, and simple syrup. That being said, I have 24 lemons, minus the zest, sitting in my fridge. They won't last but a day or two w/o the rind, so I have to do something quick. I can't decide between trying to make a summer shandy style of beer or making a hard lemonade. I've seen a lot of lemon wine recipes on the net, but with mixed reviews.

Any thoughts or recipes from you experts?
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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Make lemonade. Go buy a sixer of a fairly neutral pale beer. Mix with until you find a balance you like.

That's shandy.

Shandy is a beer cocktail, like Black & Tan, Black Velvet, Michelada or Flip.

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:36 PM   #3
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I'm with Bob on this one. Fermented citrus has never appealed to me. I'd make lemonade, lemon soda, or a really citrusy ginger ale. If I wanted an alcoholic beverage, I'd add vodka, rum, beer, etc at serving time.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:58 PM   #4
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A guy in my club made a beer with lemons and honey. It was interesting... I don't think I'd ever make it, and it was a little thick for a lawnmower beer, but I can see it being refreshing on a hot day.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:03 PM   #5
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just say "**** the Lemons and bail"
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:01 AM   #6
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I've made lemon soda a few times. 24 lemons, depending on their size, will make 3-4 gallons of soda. Make sure to strain the juice well, or the pulp can clog the poppet. Some water, simple syrup to taste, and a bunch of ice in a keg (and maybe a campden tablet), hit it with 30psi, and shake the snot out of it for five minutes. Great for summer, and kids love it.
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