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Grapefruit Pulpin' Extract Recipe 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.

Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.

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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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Bitter but good
This was the first IPA I have ever brewed and originally came out really bitter. The instructions in the kit did not state when to add the remaining hops so I ended up kegging it before knowing they were to be dry hopped in 2nd ferm. The online instructions were different and included the dry hop portion. I ended up putting the remaining hops in a spice bag, dropped them in the keg and re-carbonized. After being fully carbonated and settled with all included hops a few days later, the beer came out much better. Lots of grapefruit flavor and hop balance but not as citrusy as I was expecting.
April 10, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
A nice beverage
Pretty good fruit notes in this one. Would brew again.
March 14, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Turned out better than expected
At first I was worried that it was a little dark. Also, worried about the grapefruit making this really bitter. No worries. This is a great recipe and one that can be scaled up with a sugar addition for an Imperial IPA.
January 23, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Good kit, but a little tweak and it’s better!
This is a very mild IPA. Low bitterness and grapefruit is very very mild. The second time I made this I added some fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and peel to the dry peel and vodka soak. Plus doubled the dry hops and BAM! Def a must brew again!
Tasty!
Tasty!
December 26, 2017
Delicious
Grapefruit Pulpin' is easy to make and delicious to drink.Order it without hesitation.
November 21, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Huge hit
I loved this beer.

I actually didn't even give much of this batch away. I drank most of it myself, haha.
November 7, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good amber IPA
This has a lot of malt backbone to the kit. It is more of an amber type of beer than a true IPA. The vodka grapefruit extract of the peel really adds to the flavor as does the dry GF peel included with the kit. This is a good all around IPA from NB. Give it a month or so to come into its best. After that It wont last long!
October 15, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Great tasting beer
Great tasting IPA. I have in the past fermented IPAs as one step, in the bottling bucket. Don't do that with this beer. All the trub, dry hops, and grapefruit pulp settled deeper than the spigot opening and made bottling a nightmare. Will definitely do a transfer next time, just to get rid of most of the sediment.
October 1, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Best brew I have made.
After several different recipes the Greapfruit Pulpin IPA has been my best. Very nice flavor and aroma for an IPA, and all of my testers have my testers have liked it. I will brew another 5 gal to take south for the winter.
August 30, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
The Best Summer IPA
I have brewed this kit twice and will again real soon. Great hop character combined with citrus and just enough malt backbone to make this a brew for every summer. Easy instructions, a solid recipe and quality ingredients.

Lazy B
July 23, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
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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: Any kit that I make which has a lot of hops and additives, I will do a third racking and let things settle down for another week or two in this tertiary fermentation before bottling. I am now doing this tertiary fermentation on almost all of my kits. I will let the beer sit in the tertiary for a couple days to a couple weeks depending how much sludge is in the bottom of the carboy. I would say that this additional step goes a long way to delivering a nice clear beer. Be careful with filtering in that you don't want to remove any of the remaining yeast as you will need that yeast to react with the sugar for carbonation. As a general rule, don't rush Mother Nature, you can't fool her. When the directions say a week, they don't mean seven days. They mean not less than a week. The beer only gets better with time.
We are brewing a five gallon batch of this beer. The instructions do not say when to add the Simcoe hops or the last of the Cascade hops. Can any body help me out? Are they added during the boil or when the peels are added?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I usually just snack on the extra hop pellets during the brew process. They make a great light snack that keeps the palate fresh.
The magazine shows the brew as having a pink color. What food colorings do I need to add to get it looking pink?
A shopper on Dec 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's a good question as mine was not pink as well. I would also not advise putting the grapefruit peel in secondary without some type of sac so that it can be removed. Made bottling difficult.
I just brewed a batch of this over the weekend. When it is time to add the peel and vodka, could I perhaps use grapefruit vodka to enhance the fruity flavors?
Alvin S on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The flavor present in a grapefruit vodka is probably going to be too subtle to be noticeable in the beer. I believe the vodka is primarily to sanitize the grapefruit peel. You are really going to get the grapefruit flavor from the peel. Allow the peel to soak in the vodka while you are waiting on primary to finish. The aroma from the peel will be wonderful. This is a great kit and won't last long.
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
Just use the peel of the grapefruit, not the actually fruit for the soak? Should it be chopped up or grated or anything?
Matthew 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.
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!
Just brewed and have nearly a gallons worth of hops sitting at the bottom in the first hour of fermentation. Should I add another gallon of purified water to compensate for the expected loss? OG reading was at 1080 so it shouldn't get too watered down, right?
A shopper on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There will always be settling, but definitely try to leave as much of that hop sludge in the brew kettle as you can before bringing the rest up to 5 gallons. That will get you closer to what Northern Brewer intended with the recipe.
OG target on my brew sheet was 1.065 so I'm pretty sure you'd be okay to add more water. You are probably correct that adding another gallon to 5 gallons should water it down 20% to 1.064. Personally I leave it just a little over target, but at 1.080 you may be completely changing the taste of the beer. One thing is for sure.. if you leave it as is you'll be ending up with a higher ABV after fermentation!
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: Mine did not have too much a grapefruit taste either, although it was a very good beer overall. I think the only way to get a real grapefruit taste is to add some kind of flavoring just before bottling/kegging.
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?
Steve 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.
Instruction state target OG of 1.065. What is the target FG?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Kind of depends on what yeast you use I had a final of 1.010
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.
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!
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.
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
Has anyone else tried substituting the grapefruit for other citrus like pineapple, oranges, blood orange etc?
Marvin G on Jun 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did not substitute the grapefruit peel for anything digfferent but I did soak it in vodka for a few days. It turned out very well.
I'd like to try to make this more like a hazy new englandish IPA and was considering changing the hop schedule to 1oz chinook at intial and whirlpool then dry hopping 1oz Amarillo, 2oz cascade and 1oz simcoe... would this get me the desired big juicy hazy IPA that I desire while making it a little less bitter on the finish?
Joshua L on Jan 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: To get the hazy right you need primary hops (hops in during primary) I typically just leave my hops from the whirlpool in and add more :D. Pick a low flocculent yeast. Add some galaxy in the keg or during secondary.
Has anyone tried making this a hazy NE style IPA by adding more of the hop bill in the secondary vs in the boil I was thinking 1oz chinook at initial and whirpool then dry hopping 1oz Amarillo, 2oz Cascade and 1oz Simcoe? Kinda curious what people think trying to keep bitter finish down while enhancing the floral aroma and flavors.
A shopper on Jan 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That's a great deal of dry hopping, it's definitely going to have a rich scent. It may effect the flavor not having it in the boil, but that's the best part of home brewing is that you can try unique styles and see how it turns out!
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.
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.
Is it possible to soak the grapefruit peel with another type of hard alcohol like whisky?
Brennan M 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"?
Craig T 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!

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