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Grapefruit Pulpin' All-Grain Kit


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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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Grapefruit Pulpin’ All-Grain Kit

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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 Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Complete Instructions
Regional Style No
Original Gravity 1064
Total Time to Make 6 weeks
3.4 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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1 Stars
Better with actual Grapefruit
I had real success with this recipe. I did substitute one entire mashed up ruby-red grapefruit instead of peel or zest. The reason was, I had a tip from a pro brewer that told me he got better results using a grapefruit. I did mash the fruit up and then covered it in vodka. I used about 8 oz of very cheap Russian vodka and I just let it sanitize that way. I had no lacto or other off-flavors. I have friends "demanding" I make it again. So, I suggest putting the whole grapefruit in after some sanitation into the secondary or immediately after FG is where you want it. Do a secondary for a week and you will taste and smell grapefruit.
June 7, 2016
Decent - but hop and grapefruit flavor very bland
Reviews seem to be all over the place on this one. I wasn't all that impressed, and don't know if I have the patience to tweak the recipe and make again. Not sure whether the variation in reviews is from methods, freshness of hops, or just personal preference, but I hit all my mash and gravity targets and can confirm it did not resemble a sculpin - grapefruit or otherwise in the least.I was nervous about the grapefruit peel based on early reviews, so I did a split batch after primary. Added half of the vodka-soaked grapefruit peel with half the dry-hops to 2.5 gallons, and only half the dry hops to the other one (5 days of dry-hopping). Both batches tasted a bit bland - one of those mediocre 6% beers you get from a company that wants to play in the IPA arena but doesn't really know what they're doing. Not bad, not a palate-wrecker, but not very flavorful or interesting either.
June 18, 2016
So Far so good!
It's in secondary right now and I added the grapefruit peels the other day. Prior to that, I pulled off a sample and it's tasting just like a standard sculpin! Only knock I have so far is the recipe called for 4oz vodka for 2 oz of grapefruit peels and it wasn't enough vodka to submerge the peels.
May 6, 2016
I was super excited to make this kit after having the real deal but it really missed the mark on the grapefruit side. I think that the malt and hop profile is fine but the recipe derails at the grapefruit peal stage. I finished at 1.006 so the brew should be really dry and crisp yet it turned out dull and cloying. The nose is nothing but citrus candy sweetness and flavor is even sweeter. It is pretty hard to drink. This is really bad for an IPA because it needs to be dry and crisp to let the hops shine so the cloying nature basically ruins it as an IPA. I have ran into this exact problem before when using citrus fruit peals. I haven't boiled the peals before so I don't know if you can get around this problem but I can say that adding peals to the secondary has always ruined my IPAs by adding an overly sweet aroma and flavor. I really like the Sculpin version because the grapefruit in it is very crisp and light and doesn't have such a sweet flavor that dulls the hops. It seems as though they used juice given how sparkling crisp it is. I really like the Sculpin version so I want to try this again but instead of using freeze dried peals, I am going to just juice some grapefruits into the secondary for a fresher / crisper / dryer outcome.
March 31, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Hi Chuck,

Thanks for filling out a review. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy the Grapefruit Pulpin. We do have a kit guarantee that would allow us to replace the base kit here. If you'd like to talk more about that, please give us a call.
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Compares Well to Ballast Point
I'm reviewing this one to bring up the rating. It's definitely not a 3 star beer. ("I'm a five star beer!") But seriously, if you're looking for a more economical way to get damned near the $15+ a sixer "genuine article," this is the ticket. We made the kit as is last summer and it was solid stuff - strong too. We're making it again this summer and looking forward to it.
June 27, 2017
Packs a punch
This brew packs a punch, both in ABV (7.2%) and bittering. Great color and head. Pronounced grapefruit bitter stays on the tongue for a long time.
October 19, 2016
Great kit
This was my first batch brewed all grain and I could not be happier. Has great IPA flavor with a hint of grapefruit. Kit arrived quickly and was expertly packed. Directions provided were clear and simple to follow. This will definitely be a regular brew for me!
July 24, 2016
Very good
I like to refer to clones as "inspired by" beers. I don't expect them to taste like the real deal. The fact is pro brewer's have different means and methods than homebrewer's so it's really not fair to compare.

That being said I like the final product. I soaked my grapefruit peel in a mix of Vodka and Rum (because I ran out of Vodka). I soaked them for a couple days at room temperature then dumped the entire mixed into secondary for at least a week.
July 12, 2017
5 months ago
Very good west coast ipa
I'm a big fan of the beer this was named for so I decided to give it a try. I followed the directions to the t even though there is some info missing. I soaked the zest for 5 minutes like I have on other beers except I soaked it in 8 oz of vodka which is what I was taught to do by a long time home Brewer. The only thing I did different from what I normally do is pour everything into the fermentation vessel. Big mistake, just like the previous reviewer the zest clogged my auto siphon twice and got into my bottling bucket. I kept the zest out of the bottles and the beer came out great only thing I will different is use the vodka to extract the grapefruit flavor then strain off and discard the zest.
January 28, 2016
West Coast IPA
If you like a good west coast IPA that is fairly close to Grapefruit Sculpin than this beer is a good choice. I both kegged and bottled this beer which ended with different results. The kegged beer has a smoother mouthfeel and a more balanced flavor from the malt backbone. It has a nice subtle grapefruit aroma and taste. The bottled version has more of a hop forward and grapefruit taste with just enough malt backbone to make it work. The dry hopping and dried grapefruit is much more present in the taste and aroma. If you like a west coast IPA and are kegging I recommend a long fermentation before you keg and minimal use of the CO2 release valve.FYI, I had no problems siphoning with the dried grapefruit and I think the grapefruit smell and taste hit the mark.
January 17, 2016
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Any preference or 'dont's' in choosing a vodka? higher quality the better?; absolute, Smirnoff? any downside in using a grapefruit infused vodka?
J J on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think it would matter much at all, the vodka is just being used to sterilize the peels and for the alcohol to draw out the citrus oils and make them more soluble. I would not go buy special vodka just for this use, only a small amount is used. If a person had grapefruit infused vodka already, you could use it, but I would not go out of my way to get that specifically for this use. Any vodka can do this job, and it's also a good liquid to use in airlocks! Safe, sterile, and will not harm beer or wine if it drips into the fermenter. - Mike W, Northern Brewer
Are the 0 minute hop additions supposed to be hopstand additions for a certain amount of time, or added at flameout then start chilling the wort immediately?
Brett G on Jan 2, 2016

0 minutes is the same as flameout, so you'd put them in when you turn the heat off, then start your chilling.


Can I use this kit for brew in a bag ?
G D on Nov 29, 2015

if you have a kettle of at least 8 gallons

and a LARGE mesh bag to contain all the grain

sure! Most any AG kit can be done B-I-A-B if you have the kettle and a big mesh bag!
I noticed on this board that you recommend to soak the peel for 2-5 min, but the directions say 2 days before dry hop. could you clarify please. I am about to dry hop this weekend. thanks, Mike
Mike V on Oct 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I soaked mine 5 minute before the dry hop. It seemed to work fine. The was I see it is soaked is soaked no matter how long you do it
What should the IBU's come out to?
W H on Sep 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Right around 80 IBUs
When adding the Grapefruit/Vodka mixture to the secondary (Dry hop) do you add just the vodka or also the peel? Also, would I grate the peel (zest) or slices of peel excluding the inside white bitter part?
S E on Sep 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Limit the amount of pith on the peel. If you zested you would have to add the vodka. You should just take the peel

soak in vodka for 2-5 minutes

then add just the peel. You would add the vodka if it absorbs the flavor out of the peel

like if you zested or soaked for too long.
Do you pitch the vodka and grapefruit during dry hop or drain and only grapefruit?
R O on Sep 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You should not have to add the vodka. The peel will only need to be soaked for a couple minutes so will retain most of its flavor. if it soaks too long

you might consdier adding the vodka if its leached all the flavor and aroma out of the peel.

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