Brewing With Lemon Peel (How Much, When To Add, and More!)

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Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold beer with the aroma and flavor of fresh lemons. 

The bright, tangy flavor of lemon works well in light lagers, pale ales, wheat beer, and more. 

What kind of beer uses lemon peel in the recipe?

Drinks made with lemon are often described as refreshing and thirst-quenching. The mildly tart, citrusy flavor stimulates salivation. 

What kind of lemon should you use when brewing?

Meyer lemons are smaller and more round than regular lemons. These lemons make an excellent choice for brewing in beer. 

How much lemon peel should you add to a homebrew recipe?

Adding up to 2.0 oz (28g) of lemon zest per 5 gallons will add a lot more flavor and aroma.  

How to brew with lemon peel

Experimentation is the key to adding any fruit, zest, or peel. The best ways to add lemon peel to homebrew : 

Near the end of the boil

The more time the peel or zest is boiled, the less potent the flavor will be in your finished beer. Using this method, you are likely to get only a hint of lemon flavor and aroma. 

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