Citrus fruits carry a unique charm of imparting refreshing taste and feel to any kind of ingestible item we take. For beverages that are taken for the effects of psychological satiety, physical energizer and mood pacifying attributes. Citrus beers are hot picks in the beverage shopper’s list and serve as seasonal drinks, exotic social glasses or just a refreshing flavored drink. Beers can be made out of citrus fruits or prepared with citrus infusions to augment the demanding tastes.
Preparation is as exciting as the consumption
Fruits coming under the citrus category are many, but the beverage or beer class mainly focuses on orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. The main star behind the enriched taste is the citrus oil taken from the fruit peels and dried and fermented fruit juice. They are called citrus fruits obviously because of the high concentration of citric acid in them. The refreshing and delicious flavors are credited to the characteristic terpenes present in them in different forms. Among the other main components in these fruit juices is sugar.
The acidity of the citric acid is reduced by diluting the juice, thereby improving upon its palatability since dilution also reduces the sourness of the fruit extract. The basic idea is that by diluting, the pH of the juice reaches up to the level that soothes and appeases the taste buds. With diluting, the juice gets compromised on its sugar content, which essentially means that you have to supplement the lost sugar by adding external sugar or taste enhancers. To get the simplest real-time example, you can try this out by diluting some lime extract and comparing it with the crude one.
Freshly harvested fruits and those that are picked at the right time of their ripe season give the best results for non-alcoholic beverages. For wines and the higher order, the ingredients into which the citrus flavor is added on decides the final twist it is shower on your drink choice. A wheat beer would not have created the stir in the market or the dedicated fan following if it did not have the lemon touch to it, straight from the brewery. Using secondary fermentation technique to achieve the perfect beer consistency, taste blends and flavor enhancement has proved to be a worthwhile production method. The methods take the help of barrels, flasks, and bottles, with the most protective preservation of the necessary aroma, acidity regulation and ingredient mixing.