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Recipe Advice and Knowledge:
- When Do I Add Citrus?
- Does Your Citrus Have Pith?
- How Much Citrus is Needed?
- How Do I Add Citrus to My Brew?
- What's The Best Way to Test?
So we suggest that for most purposes, adding the citrus AFTER fermentation is the BEST time to add the citrus to your brew.
Of course, if you are wanting to add an extra bitter note to your brew, adding some citrus to the boil could be just what you’re looking for.
If that is the case you, here is a little-known fact; the pith is NOT bitter.
In fact, the pith has very little flavor at all! There is a simple test that you can do to see for yourself. Simply take an orange and zest it. Once you have accumulated a small pile of some of the deep orange peel, make another pile of zest, but this time zest the pith. Then do a taste test.
We recommend tasting the pith first because it has very little flavor. Now that you’ve done that, get something to drink and a spit bucket close by. Taste the bright orange zest. Mmmm…that’s the stuff!
So how do you keep that bitter flavor out of your beer? We have worked with our local brewery and have found that adding the citrus peel AFTER fermentation yields the best results. The alcohol extracts the citrus flavor and aroma, without giving your brew that bitter taste.
Of course, if you want to add some bitter flavor to your brew, maybe adding some citrus to the boil will be just what’s needed.
With that said, our customers in the craft beer industry are very important to us. So, along the way we’ve taken the time to learn a few things because we want to be considered as more than just a supplier, but a valuable resource and business partner to the craft brewing industry.
The information below, is not meant to be, and is not the end-all and be-all of adding citrus to your recipes. It is however a good jumping off point to help you get started adding a citrus note or two to your brew. To get that perfect citrus note for your brew, be prepared to experiment.
One thing that we have researched, learned, and proven is that the pith (technically known as the albedo) does NOT contain bitter flavor, or much flavor at all for that matter. All of the wonderful aroma and flavor, and the bitterness are contained in the outer layer (technically known as the flavedo).
So, how do you get the wonderful aroma and flavor without getting the bitterness too? Check out “Does Your Citrus Have Pith?”