Brewing a Grapefruit IPA with dried Grapefruit Zest

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  1. pghsince72

    pghsince72 New Member

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    I picked up a grapefruit IPA recipe over at Home Brew Talk several months back. What made it interesting is that it used dried grapefruit zest. I had never considered using that. I hadn't actually heard of it till I came across the recipe.

    My full brew day video is available here:

    With the complete recipe on my website: https://brewingaroundtherealm.com/the-juice-is-worth-the-squeeze-imperial-grapefruit-ipa/

    The only major issue I had was with the zest clogging the dip tube on the keg several times. I had to remove and clean the out post several times during the time this was being served. Has anyone else brewed with any kind of dried zest and had issues?

    The original recipe thread from Home Brew Talk is here: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/the-juice-is-worth-the-squeeze-imperial-ipa.654977/ for anyone that is interested.
     
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    I zest fresh grapefruits when I do my grapefruit ipa. and the zest goes right into the boil or whirlpool. Then it crashes out into the trub and doesn't cause any issues.
     
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    How does it taste with the zest?
     
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    The dried zest doesn't like to sink. Some of it does a lot of it stays suspended or floats. I may try fresh zest net time.
     
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    I thought the flavor was good for about the first week. It faded quickly. After three weeks the grapefruit flavor was minimal to almost gone.
     
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    I put some crystalized grapefruit in a blonde and it stayed throughout.
     
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    I wouldn't have thought that crystallized grapefruit would have worked in that way. Thanks for the idea.
     

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