American ale question

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    Brewer #279942 New Member

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    Has anyone brewed an American light and added flavor to it?
     
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    Never brewed an American Light but have added quite a few flavors to it. We use it for off-flavor testing because it's so neutral. I don't know that I would ever brew one, they're bloody difficult and the reward is less than appealing. But if you want, any flavor should do but keep a light hand - a well-made American Light tastes just about like nothing.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. My idea was maybe making it have a slight citrus lemon or lime flavor. It’s always nice to have a light beer you can drink 10 of and not feel like garbage the next day. I was just wondering if anyone fermented with lemon peels or purée with this type of beer.
     
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    Unless you have a temperature controlled fermenting environment I'd recommend a Kolsch or Cream Ale. Both are great session beers. Adding lemon and/or lime zest late in the boil and in later stages of fermentation adds a little refreshing zip.
     
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    I've got a kaffir lime tree at home here I'm going to be using for that exact thing. I've added lime zest to a lager previously and I personally didn't like the result so be careful about how much your going to add it could just ruin it.
     
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    How much did you add? And how much would you recommend? Did you do the whole lime or the rhine?
     
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    There's the "radler" approach: blend your beer with lemon soda.
     
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    I kinda want some pointers on what others have done. We are in it together so I should just try a lemon peel in fermentation and report what happens
     

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