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I didn't search for answers, because I want something other than necroposts. I took the remainder of the lemons off our tree today; zested them all and then juiced them. So, what do I have for my hours of hand and arm pain?

6# of lemon zest and 2 1/2 gallons of lemon juice. I am not counting the 5 gallons of lemon waste currently on my mulch pile.

So, dear friends and acquaintances, what do I do with my bounty?

Any recipe is valid, fermentation not required. I have a kegging system if your recipe requires force carbing vs. natural (alcoholic) carbonation. If sending me to another thread is the right move, go for it. I want knowledge!

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When I lived in Phoenix this was an annual affair.

Fill a mason jar with zest. Packed, but not solid. Fill with decent vodka. Be sure all zest is covered. Let sit in a cool dark place.

After some time, strain extract into fresh jar. Mix with simple syrup. Ratio of extract:syrup and water:sugar is up to you to taste.

Serve straight from the freezer.
 
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I used everclear to boost my red wine into port before barrel-aging. I like the clean flavor vs. some vodkas. Too bad I can't get the 151 here in California.
 
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When I lived in Phoenix this was an annual affair.

Fill a mason jar with zest. Packed, but not solid. Fill with decent vodka. Be sure all zest is covered. Let sit in a cool dark place.

After some time, strain extract into fresh jar. Mix with simple syrup. Ratio of extract:syrup and water:sugar is up to you to taste.

Serve straight from the freezer.
I am assuming this a liquor/limoncello recipe?
 
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When I lived in Phoenix this was an annual affair.

Fill a mason jar with zest. Packed, but not solid. Fill with decent vodka. Be sure all zest is covered. Let sit in a cool dark place.

After some time, strain extract into fresh jar. Mix with simple syrup. Ratio of extract:syrup and water:sugar is up to you to taste.

Serve straight from the freezer.
Well, this sounds like a Christmas gift!
 
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I didn't search for answers, because I want something other than necroposts. I took the remainder of the lemons off our tree today; zested them all and then juiced them. So, what do I have for my hours of hand and arm pain?

6# of lemon zest and 2 1/2 gallons of lemon juice. I am not counting the 5 gallons of lemon waste currently on my mulch pile.

So, dear friends and acquaintances, what do I do with my bounty?

Any recipe is valid, fermentation not required. I have a kegging system if your recipe requires force carbing vs. natural (alcoholic) carbonation. If sending me to another thread is the right move, go for it. I want knowledge!

Peace,

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Dude... don't do that. I've zested a billion lemons (had a lemon tree at one time).

Tape a zester or cheese grater to a bowl, stick a large wood bit into the lemon, and use a drill to zest it. Believe me, SOOOO much easier. I'll see if I can find a link.
 
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Dude... don't do that. I've zested a billion lemons (had a lemon tree at one time).

Tape a zester or cheese grater to a bowl, stick a large wood bit into the lemon, and use a drill to zest it. Believe me, SOOOO much easier. I'll see if I can find a link.
Unfortunately our lemons are not firm enough to hold a dowel. But the zesting part was easy compared to hand reaming and squeezing them for juice. I am seriously considering a fruit press for next year. I mean, it'll help with the grapes this fall, too, but, this is a lot of fruit. I don't want to do this again.
 

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Lemon ginger syrup. Buy a good heap of fresh ginger. Puree, boil and strain out the fibre, add lemon juice/ citric acid, zest and sugar /honey and boil a while then bottle sterile. Lots of recipes out there, just make it strong - I like it sweet, spicey and puckery hence citric acid. Simple as. Super tasty (great with soda water or hot water) and an easy alluring alternative when the other easy alluring alternative is beer on tap... very good for the longevity of both my kegs and liver!
 
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Thank you for all of your input! So far this is what we have-the beginnings of a lemon aperitif. 3# zest + 1 liter of gin. The zest was frozen, so I am assuming better oil transfer to the alcohol.
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Preserving lemon zest, separately, in salt and sugar, and making a large batch of simple syrup. Froze 1 1/2 gallons of juice. Still have 1 gallon fresh for next weekend’s fourth party. Maybe a hard lemonade. Or lemon juice for shandy-style beers.
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that's my recipie for a good hard lemon aid......i of course use homemade alcohol, but i only can get lemon juice concentrate in 32oz jars, so you'd probably need a gallon or so per keg...as far as the wheat beer, i just remember wheat beer and lemon go together, there was one sold at the store.
 

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Thank you for all of your input! So far this is what we have-the beginnings of a lemon aperitif. 3# zest + 1 liter of gin. The zest was frozen, so I am assuming better oil transfer to the alcohol.
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We've done a gin version of my above recipe for limoncello. Came out very good. Bombay East, with the lemongrass.

As an aside, a bourbon arancello was also very nice. We had a whole bunch of different citrus in our yard. Rented a property that previously belonged to the president of the valley's permaculture organization.
 
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