Homebrew: Jasmine Pale Ale

Submitted by DM on Sun, 04/01/2015 - 19:38

Perhaps my favourite beer brewed last year was Ice Pig, brewed with dried jasmine flowers & loads of Citra hops.   I've dialled down the Citra a little on this one & reduced the alcohol content.   I've also used an English yeast strain.

Mash: 1 hour 20 min. Starting at 71°C, the temperature of the mash fell naturally; 67°C after 40 mins; 66°C after 60 mins & finishing at 63°C.

4.0 Kg of Maris Otter pale malt

100g of Crystal malt

Boil: 1 hour 5 mins.

40g of Citra hops (14.5% a/a) added 45 mins into the boil

50g of Citra hops added 45 mins into the boil

5g of Irish Moss at 55 mins into the boil

50g of dried jasmine flowers at 60 mins into the boil

50g of Citra hops dry hopped into the cool wort before pitching the yeast.

50g of dried jasmine flowers added with the dry hops.

Made up to 20 litres of wort in the FV. The brewing calculator on the Brew Your Own website gives me around 3.8% alcohol & theoretically around 72 IBUs.

US-04 was made into a starter whilst the mash water was heating so it was raring to go when the cooled wort was ready for it to be pitched into.

Bottled after 7 days of primary of fermentation

Absolutely crystal clear & golden. Bold jasmine flavour dominates, but the citrussy hops are definitely there underneath. A soft-tasting beer that I'm quite proud of.

I'm very proud of this beer. Very clean tasting, with masses of jasmine aroma & taste. A smashing perfumed, dry blonde beer that I've had some great compliments on.