Fruity beer advice

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  1. Apr 15, 2018 #1

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    hello, I’ve just started a Geordie lager kit but I’d like to give it a bit of a fruity twang for the summer. I tried a couple of the brewdog ‘Elvis Juice’ which had a strong grapefruit flavour and would like to achieve something similar. Is it a case of chopping up some grapefruits and letting it ferment or is there a lot more to it?
    Thanks for any advice.
     
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    There are a couple of ways to add grapefruit flavor. 1: dry hop with some grapefruity hops like cascade. 2: add some grapefruit zest somewhere in the process.
     
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    IIRC, brewdog recommend using just the grapefruit peel (making sure to avoid as much of the white pith as possible as it adds potentially unpleasant bitterness).

    I think I would add it in the fermentor like a dry hop as you want to keep as much of the aromatic/perfumed compounds as possible.
     
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    Chopping the fruit would add to the sugar contents too, I think has 10% sugar. One grated lemon (=link to a standard good grater) per gallon during fermenting should be noticeable, you could split the batch and make 1 split with extra lemon. (Randy Mosher mentions 3 grams for a 19 liter brew in one of his recipes, "A perfect ten", that's half a tbsp, and not much methinks, and he boils it as late addition)
    Oh and you might want to soak the zest for a day in vodka, just for sanitation and the citrus oil is soluble in alcohol so add the whole soaking goodness to the brew.
    And let us know the results :)

    editted because of so many raisins
     
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    Anyone tried the extract MM sell? Its nice when you add a few drops to a beer but i bottled some with too much and made it undrinkable without a massive grapefruit hit. My friend had a bottle recently though and said it was very good. Maybe it mellowed, cant find any more bottles.
     
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    you could chuck a litre or 2 of (pink)grapefruit juice in the fv. I did a pink grapefruit beer using 8 litres of the stuff with 14 liters of wort. it was overpowering. depends on how much grapefruit hit you want?
     
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    Did you add it at the start of fermentation? Would like to give it a go in a BIPA.
     
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    Thanks for the helpful reply’s. I’ll grate the zest off 3 grapefruits and a lemon, cut away the white pith and bin it, then chop the fruits and add add it to the fermenting bin. Might soak it all in vodka if I think I’ve got time. Won’t be until about half way through the ferment tho as I don’t yet have the fruit and the lager kit is well underway with a big frothy top.
     
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    I make an Elvis Juice clone staying as close to the recipe in the diy dog using 6 grapefruits and 6 seville oranges. I peel the zest with a sharp potato peeler and can freeze in sealed bags if not used straight away. I use 2/3rds of the peel in the boil and because I 'no chill' I put the rest of the peel in the FV and pour the hot wort over them. Tried a side by side comparison and my wife nor I could tell the difference between my clone and the original, well actually my wife said mine was a little bit more grapefruity (I put it down to freshness).
     
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    my next attempt will be 4 litres into the fv topped up to 21 litres.
     
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    Sounds good to me. Where did you buy the juice and was it sweetened? I will get some tomorrow.
     
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    Happy to do a swap, maybe not that one though. :) Will send you a DM and i will add lactose.
     
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    Mate I love Elvis Juice and am intrigued by this thread! I'd love to try a bottle so I can work out what I want to add when I try my clone haha!
     
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    it can turn your face inside out :nod:
    Anything on the sig apart from the king kong cos 6 have gone over my dad's for xmas2018 and I can't find the odd bottle!
     

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