Lemongrass Summer Ale

March 2015

OG: 1.042
FG: 1.005

Ingredients:

  • 7 lb Organic 2 Row (lager/pilsner malt 2L)
  • 1 lb Flaked Rye
  • 1 lb Vienna Malt 4L
  • 0.25 lb carapils
  • 0.25 lb rice hulls
  • 6 oz lemongrass
  • 3 g kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 oz simcoe
  • 2 oz hallertau
  • Wyeast 1272 American Ale II
  • 1/2 cup corn sugar
  • Proceedure:

    Brew Day:

    2 gal strike water goes in @ 167F. Thermometer shows everywhere between 140 and 160, getting wildly different readings depending on where the probe is placed. Deciding to just roll with it.

    Tun settles @ 156F

    1 hour later, mash tun is showing 155F

    Continuous sparge with water @ 170F

    Sparge for about 1.5 hours, got about 6 gal wort. The boil kettle is scary full. Note to self: buy bigger boil kettle

    At about 209F we're getting lots of foam. I have wort to spare so I'm skimming it like crazy

    60 min: 1oz simcoe

    60 min: 3oz lemongrass

    60 min: 2g lime leaves

    15 min: 1oz hallertau

    15 min: 3oz lemongrass

    15 min: 2g lime leaves

    10 min: 1 Whirlfloc

    05 min: 1g lime leaves

    02 min: 1oz hallertau

    Chill to 85F and rack to primary

    Pitch yeast

    Notes: Tastes pretty bitter but probably because there's a lot of hops in solution still. Getting a little bit of citrus coming through. Not a terribly huge yield. Had to use leaf hops instead of pellets and it looks like dude at the brew shop was right, the leaves seem to absorb a ton of wort. Good to know.

    14 Days:

    Rack to secondary

    42 Days:

    Rack into bottling bucket and add corn sugar.

    Decided to add 1/3 cup lactose to try to sweeten it up a little bit. It's pretty bitter all things considered. Lemongrass is definitely coming through however. beautiful light clear color

    Bottle.

    Verdict:

    Hmmm... The jury is still out. It's pretty bitter so I'm going to call it a ThaiPA. Definitely more hoppy than I had intended. You can definitely taste the lemongrass so that's kinda cool. Would re-do but with less agressive hops (may also have had something to do with using leaf hops and not pellet). Overall, totally drinkable.