Grapefruit Pulpin'

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This bright showcase of apricot, peach, cantaloupe and lemon dives into crisp grapefruit flavor. A perfect complement to citrusy hop aroma, this IPA has stripes of ruby red grapefruit and hoppy, lingering bitterness.

An escape from the winter blues or the perfect complement to a bright sunny summer afternoon, each pint of Pulpin’ is like a fresh Florida grapefruit grove bottled up into a single refreshing serving.

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This bright showcase of apricot, peach, cantaloupe and lemon dives into crisp grapefruit flavor. A perfect complement to citrusy hop aroma, this IPA has stripes of ruby red grapefruit and hoppy, lingering bitterness.

An escape from the winter blues or the perfect complement to a bright sunny summer afternoon, each pint of Pulpin’ is like a fresh Florida grapefruit grove bottled up into a single refreshing serving.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsComplete Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1064
Total Time to Make6 weeks
Reviews
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Grapefruit = very bitter
First of all I like bitter beers but this brew was just over the top bitter. I've kegged it over 3 months ago and the bitterness has died out significantly but it's still very strong. It's hard to drink a single pint.I've soaked the grapefruit peels in vodka as directed and added both to the fermenter (without draining vodka) so possibly that's part of the problem.I definitely won't brew this beer again.Just a side note that may help you to finish all 5G - I tried adding a little bit of raspberry syrup to the glass to sweeten it up and it helps to kill the bitterness and seems to do the job.
September 9, 2016
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November 21, 2016
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Great spring/summer IPA
I bought this because I was making some w00tstout with Wyeast 1056 and could easily make another starter for an additional brew. Primary for 2 weeks (including 8 days of dry hopping / grapefruit rind additions). I sanitized the grapefruit with a few oz of Bacardi Limon instead of vodka since I like the citrusy flavors it imparts. No secondary; bottled with no problems and it was fully carbed in 7 days. I'm drinking one now 2 weeks after bottling, and the light grapefruit / citrus flavors pair well with the base IPA to create a very crushable beer. I don't really feel like spending $18 on a 6 pack of the "real thing" to see if this beer is a good clone; rather I will simply say this is a great beer kit if you like the idea of a citrus IPA. I will definitely brew it again soon to have it ready for the hottest part of summer.
April 23, 2016
YES!
This is the first NB beer kit that I have made (of about 8 or 10) that came out stellar. This is the beer I've been looking for.
January 19, 2016
10/10 Would Brew Again
What a great brew. Did a side-by-side with the original...there are differences, but I'll chalk those up to my brewing process. Delicious!
May 2, 2016
Very good beer
just had my first sip of this last night on draft.very good brew for someone looking for a true grapefruit flavor
January 9, 2016
Still waiting
My grapefruit pulpin is still in the secondary, dry hopping now. I will be bottling in the next day or two. But it looks and smells awesome. I just finished a Sierra madre kit that is awesome. I expect this to be just as good. Can't go wrong with NB!
May 29, 2016
Excellent summer beer
Got 2 kits of this for $20 each (thanks for the sale!). It made a great beer and I am drinking one right now. If you are looking for an even bigger grapefruit flavor, I would recommend sanitizing the grapefruit rind with grapefruit-infused vodka for several days before adding it all to the beer (start soaking it on brewday). When you add the grapefruit mixture to the beer, throw in the dry hops and let it go 1 week more. I bottled each 5gal batch with a priming solution consisting of 4 oz corn sugar with 2g of rehydrated CBC-1 yeast, and it was fully carbed in 5 days and it tasted great. Thanks NB for the kits, and the awesome deals!
September 13, 2016
Fantastic!
I brewed this back in May for the hot summer days here in Utah. I would HIGHLY recommend either bagging the grapefruit peel or being ready with some sort of cage around your racking cane. This was a hot mess going from secondary into the bottling bucket due to the loss of suction in the last third of the carboy. While i ended up with a ton of sediment in the bottles it had little impact on the flavor which was wonderful. This was my 4th kit and has been very educational as the beer matured. When bottling the hop notes were tremendous and the grapefruit was no where to be found. A month later the hop character and the grapefruit character took on an excellent balance and this was easily better than the commercial grapefruit IPA's available to me. Now after an additional few weeks the hops continue to subside and the grapefruit is taking a dominant role. While still tasty, i miss the hop balance and will likely consume of the remainder of the batch before all hop flavor disappears further. This is a great kit and i will definitely be revisiting it in the future as a part of my spring rotation.
July 27, 2016
Great pulpin
Not quite 2 weeks after bottling but flavor is deep, rich and carbonization is great. Really enjoyable!
August 15, 2016
Grapefruit Pulpin
As always NB does a great job with the fresh kits and fair shipping. Pulpin is in the primary fermenter and I'm waiting to try it.
May 18, 2016
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When adding the vodka/grapefruit mixture in the dry hopping process, is the vodka also added or is the grapefruit peel removed from the vodka and added to the fermenter?
S B on Aug 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Vodka is also added along with the grapefruit peel. While the grapefruit soaks in the vodka most of the flavor and aroma is extracted out and into the vodka. You will want this flavor and aroma present in your beer. Some may suggest discarding the grapefruit peel and ONLY adding the vodka to your secondary vessel, but one can assume by adding both (vodka and grapefruit peel) the beer will get the MOST of the flavor blended in. Racking (whether it be bottling or kegging) will be difficult with these grapefruit peels. I would suggest when racking filtering out all of those peels with a nylon filter or something of the like. These will clog easily in bottling wands or valves and will become a headache. Or even worse, end up in your bottles or kegs. I once stuck my racking hose in a nylon filtering bag (in my keg) and as soon as keg was full, I slowly pulled nylon bag out... ALL debris and any remaining hop gunk was instantly filtered without harm of oxidation.
If kegging this what should the psi be set to to force carbonate?
M R on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are several ways to do this, but the fastest is 35 PSI for 2 days with the keg at 38-41 degrees F.
When instructed to soak the peel in vodka then add to the fermenter, do you add the entire solution of peel + 4oz vodka or do you discard the vodka and only add the soaked peels?
Steve J on Jun 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would add the entire mix, peels and vodka, to the fermenter.
I purchased the Grapefruit Pulpin' Extract Kit and was wondering if there was a good way to filter the beer after secondary fermentation, but before adding priming sugar and bottling? Would filtering be a bad thing? I think it'll be a great recipe, but I did notice there are a lot of hops in this recipe and they don't all seem to settle to the bottom before I siphon out of secondary fermentation and into the priming bucket.
Kellen on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have the same kit, will dry hop and add the grapefruit/vodka in a week. I've pretty much decided that I will strain it when going into the bottling bucket. What has worked for me in the past is to buy a paint strainer bag and put over the end of the racking cane secured with small zip ties. All sanitized of course.

Good luck, if you like this brew you should try Kama Citra. One of my favorites.
Just opened up this kit. It has a 6 lb gold malt and a 3.15 gold malt extract. Is this right?
B A on Apr 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes that is correct. Cheers !!
I have been looking for a Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Beer kit. My wife loves this beer. Will this kit come close? Can grapefruit juice be added? Any help or recommendations would be very much appreciated.
H U on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This one is not sweet and is more bitter so I think it would be too far off. To make a clone of that beer, take a normally brewed hefeweizen, mix in grapefruit juice and then it must be kegged. The beer should be sulfited and kept cold to preserve that sweetness from fermenting out, and that means it can not be bottle conditioned with ease. It has the grapefruit but the base is an IPA. If you can't keg, consider brewing a hefeweizen and adding some grapefruit peel like in this recipe - though it would not be 'sweet'. I hope this helps. Cheers!
Just use the peel of the grapefruit, not the actually fruit for the soak? Should it be chopped up or grated or anything?
Matt P on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You do not need to go and buy a grapefruit. The kit comes with a bag that already has chopped up grapefruit peel. All you need is the 4 oz of Vodka.
Is secondary fermentation required or can I just leave it in the same container? Don't have a unit to transfer it to and so I was wondering what happens if I leave it in the primary fermenter for the 4 weeks. Thank you.
J E on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure that I can best answer the question, because all of my beers are kegged and I typically don't ever move an ale to a secondary per John Palmer's book. With a good yeast starter, I usually leave my beers sit in primary for 3-4 weeks anyhow. At that point, the beer is transferred to the keg and all of my hop additions (and in this case, grapefruit peel) are added directly to the keg.

When I first started brewing beer many years ago and bottled, I used to do a secondary. Over time, based on what I've read and from other's experiences, I quit the practice and would do hop additions directly to the primary after hitting my targeted final gravity, wait the 5-7 days, cold-crash, and bottle. I personally could not tell any difference. Hope this helps!
In a follow up to Todd C. my peel also absorbed all of the vodka. Should I splash a bit more on it right before I add it to secondary to make sure it's sanitized?
KRISTINA S on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did just that- added about half a ounce of fresh vodka mostly to loosen the pulp some so I could spoon it into the car boy. I guess a second benefit is the sanitation factor. The vodka I used was Absolute Citron. Anyway, this brew was gone in record time once my beer drinking friends found out about it.
Brewing this tomorrow...but my question is for the grapefruit peel. What is the recommended way to do this...soak the peel in vodka for a few days and dump it all into the secondary or just soak it for a few minutes to sanitize and only add the peel and not the vodka?
T C on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Howdy Todd,

You will want to soak the peel in 4oz. vodka for 24-48 hrs to help extract the flavor, and then add both the peel, and the vodka to the fermentor 5-7 days prior to bottling!
This may seem like a ridiculous question - but I see "apricot" mentioned. I checked the ingredients and it doesn't seem to be a component. As any Marine can tell you, apricots are avoided at all costs due to bad luck. I'd love to give this kit a whirl, can anyone verify that there is in fact ZERO apricot ingredients? Thanks in advance.
J E on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, there's no actual apricot or apricot extract in the kit. Simcoe hops have a flavor that many find similar to apricot, especially if they're used as in dry-hopping, so that's where the flavor description comes from.
I got 6.9% ABV. Is that about right? I don't see anywhere in the directions where it gives a projected ABV. I just want to make sure I am reading my Hydrometer correctly
J A on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jason,

That sounds like an appropriate ABV for this kit.
Does this beer really only have an IBU of ~40? Seems low compared to reality.
James C on Jan 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jim,

Yes, it does seem low. Part of the reason for that is that most IBU calculators consider hops added at flameout or dry-hopped to be 0 IBU's, since (in theory) there is no time for the heat to isomerize the alpha acids. However, some AA's do isomerize when hops are added at flame-out, and the oils of the late addition hops can also lend a "perceived bitterness." Perceived bitterness can also refers to the BU:GU ratio; for instance, if two beers have identical IBU ratings, but one has a significantly higher OG, all that added malt sweetness will actually make the beer taste less bitter.

I hope that helps!

Cheers,

Charles
Finally legged this bad boy after 5 days of dry hopping and grape fruiting. I found that the first 4 beers I've had have a spicy taste to them and I'm getting no grapefruit at All except for a faint scent. Do you think it's the simcoe hops that haven't mellowed yet? It's drinkable but the fact that there's no grapefruit taste has me scratching my head.
Louski on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is possibly that the beer is still young or was fermented too warm. This may settle a bit with ageing and the grapefruit flavors should become more apparent.
Has anyone tried brewing this recipe kit and omitted the grapefruit peel/vodka in the secondary in an attempt to replicate the regular Sculpin and if so did it turn out decent? As in close to the real Sculpin? Thanks
Sean on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have not heard directly from anyone who had done it this way, but we figure it would be pretty darn close! The Grapefruit version is quite tasty, and so I'm sure it would be good without the grapefruit addition as well. Give it a try, and let us know how close it is! -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I have got to the point where the peel is in the fermenter but due to work I may not be able to get it out for maybe 14 days rather than the 5-7 recommended, is this going to be a problem? Thanks
G E on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You probably will stop extracting fruity/zesty flavors from the peel, and the longer it sits, the more likely it will be to take on some mild pulpy/pithy/vegetal flavors from the peel. This could be quite mild and I find it will not ruin a beer for me, but it can make it "less awesome". So, if that is the cards dealt, you could choose to do nothing and live with the slightly different beer, or find some alternative to be able to separate the beer from the grapefruit peel. If you could have it sit on peel for less time, that might be better than too long.
How long should the peel soak in the vodka for before putting it in the secondary? Thanks
J J on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We recommend 2 days, since this allows ample time to sanitize the peel. Since the vodka will soak up a lot of the flavor, we also recommend adding the vodka as well.
Is it possible to soak the grapefruit peel with another type of hard alcohol like whisky?
B R on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can certainly do that. Any high alcohol spirit will work well for extracting the flavors.
10 days in the primary and 3 weeks in the secondary. Gravity readings are on target. I added the dry hops and fruit peels 6 days ago. Was planning on bottling today, but noticed the airlock is now making one bubble every 10-20 seconds. If I wait beyond the directed 5-7 days on the fruit peels, will it turn bitter or should I go ahead and bottle and run the risk of "bottle bombs"?
C R on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the gravity is unchanged, then there is no fermentation. Sometimes residual CO2 can come out of suspension and come through the airlock. This is most common if the fermentor has been moved or disturbed in any way.
Can fresh grapefruit peel be used instead of the included grapefruit?
M R on Jun 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Matt,

Thanks for your question! Yes, you can use fresh zest instead of the included stuff.

Cheers!
When fermentation started the I thought the temperature was ok when I checked the temp was at 78f. The fermentation exploded the first day and after a couple more days the bubbles stopped is it ok or did I ruin it.
B O on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's normal for it to go a bit crazy for a short time, and then calm down to near no activity. It is a bit warm to have fermented it, it would have been better kept in the very low 70's, but I'd still finish out the process at this time, the hard work is done already. I'd go by the directed schedule, and finish it out, it may well turn out just fine after all. Cheers! -Mike W, Northern Brewer
In the process of brewing this. Accidently added all the malt once at the beginning of the boil. Has anyone did this and still had good results?
A L on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This should be fine. The brew may be darker in color, slightly less bitter, and the malt flavor may not be as 'clean'. It's almost all hop flavor so it should still turn out fine! Cheers!
I know this is off topic, but...Where did that glass in the picture come from? I wanna get me one o' them!
P O on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not sure where it came from, we have a bunch of glassware of different types for photo use. I wish we had those to sell, they are very cool! -Mike W, Northern Brewer
Can I buy this kit with dry malt extract substituted for the Gold malt syrup? I live overseas and have to haul these on boats through hot climates, and generally tend to think that DME fares better than LME in those types of situation. I'd be curious if these types of substitutions would be possible for other kits as well. Thanks.
Brian E on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We can not substitute the beer kits as ordered. We post the recipes so you can easily buy the ingredients a la carte and get DME instead of the LME. Golden light DME instead of gold in this one, 0.85 pounds of dry for every pound of liquid. Cheers!
I'm not crazy about real hoppy beers and this kit has a lot of hops. Can I eliminate some of them to tone it down a little and ifvso which and when?
C R on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think I'd suggest a different kit; the hops are what define this one. You could do a pale ale, and add grapefruit peel to it if you desire. Perhaps the Sierra Madre kit, with the bittering hops backed off by 25% or so, and with grapefruit peel added at the end of the boil, or into the secondary fermenter. Or, if you did this kit, you could cut the bittering hops in half, then it would lack bitterness but still have all the hoppy goodness from all the other additions. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
Can the grapefruit peel be added to a little more vodka, making a potion, and added at bottling?
David S on Sep 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This has not been tested by us but could work....though it may take longer to get all the flavor out of the peel into the vodka.
Do yall do an extract w/ specialty grain version of the Grapefruit Pulpin
I F on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry that is not clear. This is the extract version. When in doubt

check the instructions link to see the ingredients.
Below you state to keep the soak time to a few minutes... the instructions state to soak for two days? Can you clarify?
C E on Sep 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It only takes a couple minutes to sanitize in vodka. Either soak for a few minutes and add only the peel

or if you soak longer add the vodka and the peel.
Do you have a video on this recipe?
ES P on Sep 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a video on this recipe kit at the moment. With all of the recipe kits that we carry it can be hard to have one for every kit but keep your eyes open as we may release one in the future.
Does the grapefruit peel go into the secondary along with the vodka soaked in the peel?
D B on Sep 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Leave the vodka behind and just add the peel. The vdka does not need to be added

just keep the soak time to just a few minutes to avoid extracting all the flavors out of the peel.

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