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American Pale Ale Lemongrass + Hibiscus Pale Ale - perfect for spring patio sipping

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TandemTails

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Location
Santa Fe
Recipe Type
All Grain
Yeast
WLP002
Yeast Starter
1L
Batch Size (Gallons)
5
Original Gravity
1.050
Final Gravity
1.009
Boiling Time (Minutes)
60
IBU
40-ish
Color
ruby red
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
65'F for 4 days
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
69'F for 10 days
Tasting Notes
Perfect balance of tartness from the hibiscus, subtle lemon notes from the lemongrass and nice hop flavor from the centennial dry hop
This is a great beer to sip on the patio as the weather gets warmer. Super easy drinking beer with great color and flavor profile. I didn't add any of the lemongrass or hibiscus until the last 5 days of fermentation along with my 1oz of centennial dry hop. Head has a nice subtle pinkness that doesn't really come through in the photo too well.

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Ingredients:
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Amt              Name                                             Type          #          %/IBU         Volume     
7.00 g           Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash)                  Water Agent   1          -             -           
4.00 g           Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash)                        Water Agent   2          -             -           
1.0 oz           Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM)                             Adjunct       3          0.5 %         0.01 gal   
9 lbs            Pale Ale Malt 2-Row (Briess) (3.5 SRM)           Grain         4          77.8 %        0.70 gal   
1 lbs            White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)                       Grain         5          8.6 %         0.08 gal   
12.0 oz          Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)            Grain         6          6.5 %         0.06 gal   
12.0 oz          Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                           Grain         7          6.5 %         0.06 gal   
3.00 ml          Yakima Hop Extract [91.10 %] (CO2 Extract) - Boi Hop           8          30.1 IBUs     -           
2.00 ml          Fermcap-S (Boil)                                 Water Agent   9          -             -           
1.00 Items       Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)                Fining        10         -             -           
0.50 tsp         Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)                  Other         11         -             -           
1.00 oz          Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min             Hop           12         12.5 IBUs     -           
1.0 pkg          English Ale (White Labs #WLP002) [35.49 ml]      Yeast         13         -             -           
2.50 oz          Hibiscus Pedals (Secondary 5.0 days)             Flavor        14         -             -           
2.00 oz          Lemongrass (Secondary 5.0 days)                  Flavor        15         -             -           
1.00 oz          Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days          Hop           16         0.0 IBUs      -
Water is RO with only mineral additions those listed above.

Mashed with 16.5qt at 152'F for 60 minutes. Batch sparged with 5.5 gallons @168'F. Collected just shy of 8 gallons and boiled down to 6.25 gallons. 5.5 gallons into fermenter.

Notes on hibiscus and lemongrass: I have a lemongrass plant and cut the grass on brew day, chopped and smashed it, then froze it until i was going to need it. Added the lemongrass, hibiscus and dry hop in the same sack with some sanitized marbles 5 days prior to kegging. Cold crashed to 35'F the day prior to kegging.



Enjoy!
 
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Calaeb

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Going to order the stuff to make this today! Would the brewers best dried lemongrass work the same, or would I need more/less. I think I can get the hibiscus on amazon also.
 
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Going to order the stuff to make this today! Would the brewers best dried lemongrass work the same, or would I need more/less. I think I can get the hibiscus on amazon also.
That's a good question. I've never actually used dried lemongrass since i've had a plant growing for a few years. I would imagine it would be about the same, assuming it's dried stalks and not crushed.
 

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This is next up. Received the hibiscus and dried lemongrass. Should be popular for the summer BBQ.
 

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Finally brewed this . Got this one keg carbed and ready to cold crash. Used Horninidal. Sample tasted pretty good. Looking foward to it. The lemongrass seemed really weak so I added the zest from one lemon and 1/2 oz of soraichi ace.
 
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