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Mexican Cerveza tweak

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I have a deluxe refill of Mexican Cerveza on it's way. I am planning on tweaking it with some lime peel I picked up at my new found local beer store. 1 oz. packet just like hops come. Any ideas? Hop sack into boiling before adding wort or toss in LBK before pitching the yeast.

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Hi Cheftom, personally, I would boil the lime peel for 5 to 10 minutes. 1 oz may also be a bit overpowering in a 2.13 gal batch, but then again, it may not. In any case, I tend to shy on the conservative side with flavors, and I would suggest 1/2 oz. I can't stress the impact of "less is more" in a recipe design. Hinted flavors can be much more pleasant than flavors overpowering everything else and punching you in the face.

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I agree with Samueld here.  The 1 oz packets are generally used in 5 gallon batches.  If it tastes too light to you on drinking day, add a fresh lime wedge to your glass and update your notes to increase the amount on your next batch.  On batches where I've used fresh lime zest, I've used right about 1/2 oz, give or take a little.  I've also gone both the boiling route and straight into the LBK, although, because I do use fresh lime zest, I would dip my limes in One-Step before zesting.  Since this is packaged lime peel from the LHBS, you'd probably still be ok, but the safe bet is to go ahead and boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes.  Don't boil in the HME.

Good luck and I hope it turns out the way you want.

Rick

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I bow to the wisdom of the collective and will  do 1/2 an ounce. I have a very good digital kitchen scale. And I'll let it sit in the boiling water before I add anything else. 

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