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Old 01-30-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
Aug 2012
Columbus, Ohio
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I'm trying to make an APA for spring summer with lots of grapefruit flavor/ aroma in it . I'm trying to make it a noticeable flavor in the beer, however I don't want alcoholic grapefruit juice (that's what salty dogs are for). I was going to add the peels of 3-5 grapefruits to the boil for aroma, and some fresh squeezed juice to the secondary (pastuerized). Any one have experience with fruit flavors in beer? how much juice will i need for 5 gallons? I could always add the whole peeled fruit too, this is my first fruit beer

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
Nov 2012
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I use orange flavors as a component of my Christmas Ale.

I use the vodka steep technique.

I zest five oranges (you don't want the white part of the peel as it's very bitter) and cover with vodka for a couple of days. Then strain off the liquid and add the appropriate amount of "tea" to keg or bottling bucket.

To determine the appropriate amount, I use a 1cc syringe marked in .1cc increments, and add as needed to a 100 mL sample. If you use the same volumes of orange (or grapefruit) and vodka each time, just record the ratio of tea:beer so that you don't have to re-evaluate each time you make it.

That said, Chinook and Cascade are both very good at providing nice grapefruit aromas without worrying about extractions and fruits...

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Old 01-31-2013, 05:35 PM   #3
Nov 2011
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Chinook gives a great grapefruit taste. I would try a simple 5gal batch of 8lbs 2 row, 1lb munich, 1oz chinook 60min, 1oz chinook15min and that should give you a grapefruity beer.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
Nov 2012
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Try Arrogant Bastard next to Shiner's Pink Grapefruit...

AB uses all Chinook (at least, they used to) and Shiner uses pink grapefruit...I think they actually use the juice.

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:26 AM   #5
Jan 2013
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I guess i disagree with Chinook tasting like grapefruit. Chinook seems to be a bit dank, piney and with a touch of smoke flavor. Centennial of Falconers Flight would give a much better grapefruit taste and aroma.

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:34 AM   #6
Mar 2012
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Cascade is great for grapefruit aroma. As for grapefruit juice it might be a good idea to just add a bottle of simply grapefruit juice once primary fermentation has slowed.

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:07 AM   #7
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Falconers flight and simcoe come to mind for real grapefruit flavor.

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:25 AM   #8
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Ive always read that amarillo has tons of grapefruit flavor. This weekend im doing an apa with amarillo and citra for some good tropical and grapefruit flavors, doing it for a good summer beer as well. And I'd zest the grapefruit, not sure how putting the whole peel in the boil will turn out, probably would just do it in secondary also. Good luck!

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:27 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by BridgeBrew View Post
I guess i disagree with Chinook tasting like grapefruit. Chinook seems to be a bit dank, piney and with a touch of smoke flavor. Centennial of Falconers Flight would give a much better grapefruit taste and aroma.
This. All I ever get out of Chinook is dank pine resin. If you're looking grapefruit definitely Centennial or Cascade. Haven't used FF so can't vouch for that one.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:32 AM   #10
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Chinook = Piney
Amarillo = Tangerine
Centennial = Grapefruit
Simcoe = Cat piss

I would never use grapefruit juice in a beer if I wanted grapefruit flavor or aroma. I would use a liberal amount of Centennial late in the boil. I've made many IPAs with Centennial as the only flavoring and aroma hop, and they give off a strong grapefruit flavor and aroma. I typically use 6-8 oz for flavoring/aroma per 5 gallon batch.

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