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Recipe Advice and Knowledge:

We have learned from our local brewer that if you add citrus peel AFTER fermentation, the alcohol will extract the FLAVOR and AROMA from the peel, adding a nice citrus note to your brew. Be careful adding citrus to the boil, you will get a noticeable bitter flavor from the citrus in addition to some citrus flavor and aroma.

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.

Most of the time, when we are asked this question it is because of concerns over the pith adding a bitter flavor to the brew.
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.
Ok, this is completely subjective of course but, a good starting point is around 5 pounds per 30 bbl.
This is pretty easy. Fill a cheesecloth bag, or something similar with the peel and drop it in your brew. You might want to make sure that you have a string tied to your bag so you can pull it out when it’s finished.
One way to test how much citrus to your recipe without brewing an entire batch, is to keep a “base” brew in stock or on tap. This way you can add any adjuncts to a glass or pitcher of your base brew to get an idea of how much of a new product or products you want to add to your brew. Once you get the mixture the way you want it, just extrapolate that out to how many barrels you will produce per production run.


At Natural Citrus Ingredients we’re not claiming to be brewing experts.

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?”