One of the many advantages of living in an Asian neighborhood is cheap produce. And once in a while this ‘hood really outdoes itself and drops something at your doorstep for FREE.
Case in point: Some little refugee pomelos recently fled their crowded homeland garden and made their way over the rear border fence into our territory. Like good San Franciscans, we offered them sanctuary, no questions asked.
Pomelos are a southeast Asian citrus. Unlike the ones in the store, these backyard fog-grown versions are almost inedible on their own. And no one’s ever comes over for brunch and asked us for pomelo mimosas. So, what to do with these thick-skinned, thorny little escapees? Well, as the saying goes…
When opportunity knocks: ferment it.
Here’s the story: Late last year, San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewery released a grapefruit-infused version of their Sculpin IPA. It’s freaking addictive. We were going through that stuff like a stripper goes through Summer’s Eve, and at $18 a six pack, it looked like one of us was going to have to sell a kidney pretty soon in order to keep us in beer. Thankfully, white boy (the genius behind Sunset Brewing) ended up brewing a clone called OG (Original Grapefruit) IPA and our bank account has almost made a full recovery.
Now, thanks to our mysterious neighbors to the east (no really, they have the yard to the east of us, and they are shrouded in mystery – all we know is that they’re quiet and there’s a lot of them), a sister beer - OPP (Other People’s Pomelo) IPA has been born. (recipe below)
The zest of these bad boys packs a punch – super citrusy and sour. So much citrus oil, actually, that the zest burned a pattern in the plastic tray on our food scale. Their peel is hard and super thick. Despite all that, the end brew could have done with more actual pomelo flavor. Don’t get me wrong; it was rad and we drank ALL of it. But in subsequent versions we've pumped it up with more zest.
Type: Partial Mash Date: 10/10/2014
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal Brewer: Sergei Andruha
Boil Size: 4.27 gal Asst Brewer:
Equipment: Pot and Cooler ( 5 Gal/19 L) - Extract/Partial
Boil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Volume 3.90 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal Est Mash Efficiency 82.8 % Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0 Taste Notes:
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
2 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 18.6 % 2 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 18.6 %
8.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.7 %
1.00 oz Amarillo [9.20 %] - Mash 60.0 min Hop 4 7.2 IBUs
0.50 oz Warrior [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 29.5 IBUs
0.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 13.8 IBUs
0.25 oz Magnum [12.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 11.8 IBUs
0.25 oz Willamette [5.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 5.4 IBUs
0.25 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 9 9.1 IBUs
0.25 oz Crystal [3.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 10 2.6 IBUs
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 11 9.8 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 12 -
1.00 oz Pomello Zest, Bitter (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 13 1.00 oz Amarillo [9.20 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35.49 ml] Yeast 15 -
6 lbs 4.0 oz Pilsner Liquid Extract (3.5 SRM) Extract 16 58.1 %
2.00 oz Amarillo [9.20 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 18 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Pomelo Zest, Bitter (Secondary 3.0 days) Spice 19 -
Est Original Gravity: 1.067 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.9 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 % Bitterness: 89.2 IBUs Calories: 151.6 kcal/12oz
Est Color: 5.7 SRM
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body,
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 12.0 oz
No Mash Out
Sparge Water: 3.40 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F Tun Temperature: 72.0 F Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE Mash PH: 5.20
Add 6.63 qt of water at 161.3 F
Sparge Step: Fly sparge with 3.40 gal water at 168.0 F
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Bottle Volumes of CO2: 2.3
Pressure/Weight: 3.61 oz Carbonation Used: Bottle with 3.61 oz Corn Sugar
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 70.0 F Age for: 30.00 days
Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage Storage Temperature: 65.0 F