AlobarKudra IPA – a hoppy beet and jasmine beer

In my research for building a new recipe I had come across both beet beers, and a jasmine IPA. My mind easily went to the marriage of the two, inspired of course by Jitterbug Perfume. Tom Robbins is the reason I met my wife incidentally, and now again we are making this unnaturally good beer together.

Before I go into the beer we were making, here’s one of the things we were drinking – Boulevard’s Love Child No. 2. This was the second time we managed to find a bottle, and one of our few¬†forays¬†into sour beers. While not something we’d want to drink every day, the complexity of a beer like this makes it a perfect sipper.

Sour Love Child No. 2

 

 

This time around our recipe is different mainly in the hop selection, and that’s mainly because we ordered a pound of hops as part of a variety pack Austin Homebrew had on sale for a great price.

The beer in it’s first couple months of life has a very noticeable jasmine smell that mingles mysteriously with the hop aroma, and the earthy fecundity of beets. The beet flavor does not sweeten too much, and also has an earthy taste that goes well with hop bitterness. The jasmine aroma died down before the hops lost their punch, for the few bottles we held back. It’s unlike any beer I’ve had, while still very obviously being a strong IPA.

Below is the recipe for the second batch – different hops and additional dry-hopping this time were used. Yeast this time is Pacman which we had harvested, last time it was a packet of Safale US-05.

TYPE: All Grain
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Boil Size: 6.52 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.075 SG
Estimated IBU: 169.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 64.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 74.9 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Ingredients:
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Hops Used

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.00 oz Warrior [15.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 127.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Summit [17.00 %] – Boil 20.0 min Hop 8 29.2 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 11.2 IBUs
1.00 oz Glacier [5.60 %] – Boil 2.0 min Hop 11 1.3 IBUs
2.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] – Aroma Steep 2.0 min Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Summit [17.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs

Grains Used

Fermentables

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11 lbs 8.0 oz Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM) Grain 1 76.1 %
1 lbs 12.0 oz Munich (Cargill) (9.5 SRM) Grain 2 11.6 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 3.3 %
5.9 oz Crystal Light – 45L (Crisp) (45.0 SRM) Grain 4 2.4 %
1 lbs Turbinado (10.0 SRM) Sugar 5 6.6 %

Other Ingredients Used

Misc Ingredients

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4.00 Items Roasted Beets (Boil 20.0 mins) Flavor 7 -
2.00 Items Diced beets (Boil 5.0 mins) Flavor 10 -
4.00 oz Jasmine flowers (Boil 2.0 mins) FAroma 12 -
10.00 oz Juiced beet (Secondary 5.0 days) Flavor 14 -
4.00 oz Jasmine flower – amount made into a cup of tea (Secondary 5.0 days) Aroma 17 -
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 15 lbs 1.9 oz
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Name              Description                             Step Temperature Step Time     
Mash In           Add 4.64 gal of water at 160.5 F        150.0 F          60 min        

Sparge: Drain mash tun, Batch sparge with 1 steps (3.63gal) of 180+ F water
Notes: 
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OG 1.075
The boil

Beets in the boil

Citra hops and Jasmine flowers

Adding Juiced beets to the secondary

A glass of AlobarKudra IPA

Pictures from this brewing

 

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The original recipe had these hops:

Hops Used

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.00 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 67.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Horizon [12.00 %] – Boil 20.0 min Hop 7 19.3 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 10.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] – Boil 2.0 min Hop 9 1.9 IBUs
1.00 oz Glacier [5.60 %] – Boil 2.0 min Hop 10 1.3 IBUs

Here are pictures of the finished product from January.

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One thought on “AlobarKudra IPA – a hoppy beet and jasmine beer

  1. I just brewed up my first beet beer. I just used a bottle of Biotta Beet Juice though. Much easier. Its only a 5.2% ABV, and only a hint of beet flavor really came through. Any more and it would have been too much in this brew.

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