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3 months 3 weeks ago #4714 by Serindipaty
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Whilst not technically brewing. I have a tonne of lemons on my tree, figured why not give them a ferment.

Anyone made any? I guess pH of lemon juice might be a bit much for most yeast... But can always counter with a bicarbonate and dilution. Also doing a limoncello but that's not as exciting to watch.

Recipes I've seen are about 3L of lemon juice to make 20L with a bit of honey ginger and cinnamon in some.
Anyone tried one that they recommend?

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3 months 3 weeks ago #4716 by Gash
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Cant say I have made it mate, I think with all those kind of things, ginger ale etc, the real challenge comes with the back sweetening, I think thats the main problem I see people have.
Seltzers are getting huge and thats virtually just sugar and water fermented.. but I guess it would if you make your own natural lemon cordial or concentrate, add as desired.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #4718 by Serindipaty
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Ahh yeah I suppose back sweetening to taste before bottling might be the go. Was just going to load up on lactose in the "mash".

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2 days 2 hours ago - 2 days 2 hours ago #5052 by Serindipaty
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Finally got around to this. Delays due to the rona etc.
Ended up going with:

Juice from my lemons about 2.5L ~approx 30 lemons
All the peels from them.
Few Sticks of Cinnamon
Knob of ginger sliced up.
10L Distilled water.
1kg Dex
1kg Brown
Left-over LDME (maybe 500g?)
Boiled in 10L of Distilled Water BIAB-style for an hour or so.
Removed all chunks from lemon-soup-wort
Added 10L cold distilled water.
Added 500gm Honey (I didn't boil the honey because I heard it can lose all it's honey flavours and I'm hoping it's natural antibiotic qualities prevent it becoming infected)
Took OG and was looking a bit low at 1.038.
So whilst wort cooled down I ran to the shops and added 2kg more of white sugar.

OG now sitting at around 1.066 good urine colour which is nice.

Pitching SafCider Yeast when it cools down a bit more, due to the handling of the low pH and high alc tolerance (not actually sure what my pH is... but figured lemon juice was going to start quite low.

Lemon piss wort tastes quite nice... however I imagine it's going to be incredibly tart once/if it all ferments out. Didn't bother putting in any non-fermentables, as figured I wanted to see what it ended up like as a baseline first. That way I can work out maybe how much it needs to be sweetened next time, and this time around I can just sweeten if needs be with simple syrup at time of consumption.

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2 days 55 minutes ago #5053 by Gash
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Lemon Piss Wort hahahaaha awesome, might ask the neighbour for some more lemons

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ozdevil1 - Mon 21 Sep - 14:46

this could be dangerous my druken ramblings might not make sense ...didnt even this fuction was here

Carrobrew's Avatar Carrobrew - Thu 17 Sep - 13:44

Thirsty...

Gash - Tue 11 Aug - 23:34

Sometimes yes lol

Carrobrew's Avatar Carrobrew - Tue 11 Aug - 10:13

Does anyone else with the Inkbird 308 Wifi constantly check the temp on their phone? I can't help myself..

Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Tue 21 Jul - 11:02

Richie we need to ask questions in a forum post so that Gash gets a heads up. I posted it in social chatter for you. Cheers mate. :)

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