View Full Version : Lemon Peels as nutrients??

10-20-2011, 01:50 PM
I read on another mead site (don't judge me) that you could use lemon peels if you don't have any powdered nutrient available. Is this true? I have the powdered nutrient from the home brew store and it works great. Would be interesting to try lemon peels. What else can you use as a nutrient?? Help is appreciated. Thanks.


Chevette Girl
10-20-2011, 03:07 PM
There's a thread that was in the Natural Meadmaking section (which has been subsumed into "The Process of Making Mead" section) that should answer your questions... I've never heard of lemon peel for nutrients though. Flavour, yes...

Raisins, yeast hulls and bee pollen are things I've heard of being commonly used for yeast nutrients/energizer.

Start with this thread (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12418), maybe? But there are more, I got lots of hits with "natural meadmaking" in the forum search and a little looking around might suggest better search parameters.

10-21-2011, 12:16 PM
The oil in lemon peels (limonene?) can actually act as a yeast inhibitor. In the amounts normally used for flavor, there doesn't seem to be much of a problem. But I wouldn't go dumping tons of zest in there. You're much better off using some dead yeast (nutritional yeast from the store or just boil your own bread yeast), adding some fruit, etc. Definitely check out the "natural mead" section for info on non-packaged nutrients.

Chevette Girl
10-21-2011, 04:35 PM
Definitely check out the "natural mead" section for info on non-packaged nutrients.

That section got eaten last time Oskaar cleaned up... I think everything from there has been moved into the "Process of Making Mead" section...