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Old 10-09-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

Ive come across a lot of soda recipes calling for citric acid. I experimented by adding 1/8 tsp citric acid to my last 1gallon brew of giner ale and noticed it produced a subtle bitter flavour.

Does anyone know what purpose using citric acid has?

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Hi Everyone,

Ive come across a lot of soda recipes calling for citric acid. I experimented by adding 1/8 tsp citric acid to my last 1gallon brew of giner ale and noticed it produced a subtle bitter flavour.

Does anyone know what purpose using citric acid has?

Regards,
It provides some tartness. It's the acid that is in lemon juice. It'd be like giving a squeeze of lemon into the soda to provide some tartness.


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Citric acid is in just about all fruits to some degree or another. Adding citric acid to any basic fruit flavor will give a tartness characteristic of fresh fruit.

Citric acid does burn, though and will be bitter if you added it to very hot syrup.
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Citric acid is in just about all fruits to some degree or another. Adding citric acid to any basic fruit flavor will give a tartness characteristic of fresh fruit.

Citric acid does burn, though and will be bitter if you added it to very hot syrup.
Well thats the problem then, I simmered it for 30 min with my other ingredients. So I should add it in after the syrup cools down?
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