Wit beer Fermenting with orange peel

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Tswanton, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Tswanton

    Tswanton Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2018

    I nearly completed my all grain wit beer yesterday. By nearly I'm saying that I missed a step. During the boil I was to add the orange peel for the last ten minutes or so. This did not happen. The beer is now at day one in the primary fermenter. Can I add the orange peel to this? If so what day is best?
  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,335) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    I think that should work but I'd wait until after fermentation is complete as there could be bacteria/wild yeast on the orange peel. Another option would be to use fresh orange zest after sanitizing the skin. Or a flavoring agent. OR, just skip it unless you feel the taste is off without it. You've got a lot of options, add whatever you think might work.
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  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,243) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Fresh zest after fermentation works well.
  4. wasatchback

    wasatchback Aspirant (270) Jan 12, 2014 Utah

    Adding it to the boil and adding it after fermentation give you kind of different results. If you're adding it after fermentation it doesn't take a whole lot of zest.
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,712) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    What type of orange peel? The traditional dried curacao (bitter) orange peel?

  6. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (869) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    You could also use this. A little goes a long way, however.

  7. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,755) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    Or he could try making his own with some zest and vodka
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  8. Bryan12345

    Bryan12345 Devotee (494) Mar 17, 2016 Texas

    I always add orange peel to my witbier during secondary fermentation anyway. FWIW :slight_smile:
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  9. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,469) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm curious. Do you have a rule of thumb like X amount of peel added to secondary for Y days is equivalent to Z amount of peel added to the boil at time T?
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  10. Bryan12345

    Bryan12345 Devotee (494) Mar 17, 2016 Texas

    Negative. The first recipe I tried was 3 gal, and added the peel of 1 orange (and 1 lemon) to the secondary for 7 days. It came out fantastic, so I’ve never seen a reason to mess with it. FWIW :slight_smile:
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  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,243) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Sounds like a job for Brewcipher IJS.