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Summer Citrus Wheat
« on: July 07, 2011, 09:18:30 AM »
Did this one last night:

http://www.craftbrewing.ca/brewblog/index.php?page=brewBlogDetail&id=6&filter=brew

Used a Ringwood slant from the library...
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 11:25:42 AM »
congrats on going all grain! Looks very good.
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 12:11:08 PM »
Yup, definitely looks good. I'd be curious to see what the ringwood brings to the table in this one.
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 12:59:36 PM »
Yeah should be interesting - got some airlock activity at around 12 or 13 hours so the starter must have worked!
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 02:38:32 PM »
Just an opinion I would soak some Orange zest in some Vodka and add after fermentation has completed as the 1 OZ you added with 5 min left in the boil will lend no flavor due to fermentation eating it all up but thats just me :P
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2011, 03:10:55 PM »
Interesting - so the dried orange peel would be mostly sugar(s) then? Maybe soak another 1 oz in say a couple oz's of vodka?
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011, 04:26:33 PM »
I would get a few more opinions then proceed :P
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 07:34:59 PM »
Good think I checked on this earlier this afternoon, needs a blow off tube!
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2011, 09:02:59 PM »
That's a fair amount of sweet orange peel (I'm assuming you mean the dried...?)... I don't think all the flavor will be out of your beer. The later you add it in the boil, the better, but 5 minutes is a very reasonable time, assuming your wort was cooled fairly quickly.

Fermentation doesn't scrub out flavor/aroma as much as you'd think. Late hop/spice additions can still add quite a bit of both, depending on the beer.

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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 10:08:32 PM »
To add a bit to Shawn's; you will get some decent citrus with your hop bill (Cascade, Cascade, Cascade).

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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2011, 09:32:08 PM »
Yeah I find that the flavour doesn't get blown off - aroma does to a large degree, though.
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2011, 08:44:32 PM »
So this finished super cloudy  :(  I did put it in the fridge for a couple of days but - nothin - still pea soup. It has CO2 in it now, but I've taken it out of the fridge and gassing off the carb...

Tastes like it looks... a bit "orangy" but bitter and thick - perhaps there is some pith in the orange peel from Scoop and Save?

Must be the orange peel - I'm going to try and clear it - going to put some pectin enzyme and then gelatin. Maybe the enzyme for a couple of days first - wonder if I should try putting it back into the fermentor or just leave it in the keg?
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2011, 10:02:22 PM »
Avoid oxidising it (as a transfer would potentially cause). Only reason to move to a carboy would be for visual, but you can probably manage that with a wine thief or whatever.
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2011, 01:59:07 PM »
The wheat can also cause alot of cloudiness. Did you use whirlfloc? I find that at least 1/2 tab of it is the most effective way to prevent opaqueness in wheat beers that are done grain to glass relatively quickly.
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Re: Summer Citrus Wheat
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011, 02:54:56 PM »
Indeed with this batch I did forget the whirlfloc... so I added the pectin enzyme (2 tsp) for about 4 days - nothin - then added gelatin and it cleared significantly - it now looks like a wheat beer (some haze, but more what you'd see in a Garrison wheat). I also forgot it after hooking it up to the CO2 - 30psi for 5 days... if I want a glass, I take a growler... The taste is much better, but there is something there I don't think belongs - I'll bring some tomorrow - hope to gain some insight...
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