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Thread: Best usage of fruit peel in kettle or W/P?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Victoria, B.C.

    Best usage of fruit peel in kettle or W/P?

    Hi there,

    Just wondering what every ones preference is on on where add dried peels is during the brew. I'll be making a wheat beer this summer and being I have elements in my kettle and a separate Whirlpool I was wondering whether Brewers have found better flavour and extraction from the last ten minutes in the boil or whirl pooling the peels for 15 minutes and 15 minutes rest.

    Any info would be helpful,


    Dave Woodward

    Tofino Brewing Co.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    I put my peels in a closed hopback. I'd favor later in the boil to prevent volitilization of aromatics.
    Phillip Kelm--Palau Brewing Company Manager--

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Hawthorne, CA, USA
    I put mine in a hop bag for the last 5 min of the boil and let them rest in the kettle for the whirlpool and KO. For me, it adds a nice orange character that comes through in the nose of the finished beer.
    Kushal Hall
    Common Space Brewery
    Hawthorne, CA

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009


    We do the same as Kushal, but we also constantly and carefully submerge the bag with our brewing paddle during the last 5 minutes. The agitation seems to help us with aromatic extraction. Just be careful not to poke a hole in the bag! It happened to us...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Seattle, WA

    last 5 minutes

    i add mine in the last 5 minutes of boil and leave them in there through whirlpool and knockout. with two different vessels that might be difficult for you since it is not advisable to throw them in without a bag around them.

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