Lemongrass Summer Ale

March 2015

OG: 1.042
FG: 1.005


  • 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



    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.