Brews with fruit

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Im thinking about taking charge of my stepdad's brewing equipment and making
a pale ale with a hint of lemon in it. Anybody have ideas on how to go about
this? Because I sure as hell don't. Thanks in advance.



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Um.... add some lemon juice when bottling???  Or lemon extract???  You may
need to play around with the exact quantities to make it taste the way you
like.  Or on the other hand, if you just want a pseudo-citrusy character
without using actual lemons, you could try using a high amount of Cascade or
other citrusy hop varieties in the flavoring or dry hopping phases of the
brewing process.  Some hops are known to have a grapefruity character
(unfortunately, I don't know what kind they are offhand, but ask around if
you're interested).  Add them in the last 10 minutes of the boil for
flavoring, or add them after the boil for aroma.  Just a few ideas.

--
Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --
Genesis, 1973-ish



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i've done belgian witbiers using dried bitter orange rind as an adjunct to
the wort during the boil.  definitely added a hint of citrus tang to the
finished product.

bob p

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About how much did you need to use to add a "hint"?

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1 oz added near the end of the boil (the last 10 minutes or so).

bob p

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  I have done several fruit brews with good success. I will usually add
fresh fruit to secandary fermenter. There are differing opinions as to
what tratments are necessary to the fruit. Some say that no tratment is
necessary because the beer itself will steralize the fruit. Other
recipies call for the fruit to be copleatly stewed before adding to the
brew. I have found that a good blanching will usually suffice.

  My two favorite fruit brews so far have been a pineapple pale ale and a
dark weat with cherry.

  As for using a bottle of lemon juce. Stop to think that you are
investing  6 -8 hours of your time and $20 - $30 in ingreadents. Take the
extra time and the extra dime to squeeze some real lemons.


Best of luck and better brews

Lee

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