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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2003 * December 9, 2003 * Orange peels and coriander seeds < Previous Next >

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Anthony Armbruster (
Posted on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 10:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am about to brew a belgian triple and dubbel. These will be my first attempt at a belgian beer. I have never used orange peels or coriander seeds. What is the best way to use them, should I throw them straight in the boil, or should I use a grain bag? I have whole coriander seeds, how much should I crush them, just enough to break them open, or should I almost pulverize them?

The recipe for triple adds at last 4 min...
1/4 oz Bitter Orange Peel
1/4 oz Sweet Orange Peel
1/8 tsp crushed Coriander Seeds

The recipe for dubbel adds at last 15 min...
1/4 oz Bitter Orange Peels

Do these sound like good times to add the spices?

Bill Aimonetti (
Posted on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 11:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All sounds ok, I put the seeds in a ziplock bag then run a rolling pin over them several times but some folks use coffee grinders or morter & pestal. The 1/8 tsp sounds like a tiny tiny portion but spice should be subtle (maybe 1/8oz?). Orange peel should be broken up into small peices to maximize surface area. If you have good kettle straining you should just toss them in otherwise try a bag/hose/teaball.

Brandon Dachel (
Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 04:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Typically those spices are used with a lighter recipe - such as a wit where there are very little hops used. I'm not sure that amount of spice is going to add much to a double or tripel. The timing is fairly good for it though.

I use a coffee grinder.

Joe Verona (
Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I can't tell the differance between bitter and sweet orange peels in the final product. I use the zest (just the orange part, not any white) of 2 fresh oranges in my wits with good results. I use a full oz of coriander crushed via the zip lock bag method without any overpowering taste.

I would up the coriander to at least 1/2 oz. It really brings out the orange flavor.

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