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August 31, 2018

Candy Orange IPA - Hazy Session

How to Brew Candy Orange IPA BeerWe're back with another great session IPA recipe. This one is made with citra and lemon drop hops, as well as orange simple syrup and candied orange peel - all made from scratch. If you're into hazy session IPAs, we highly recommend this recipe. It's a very balanced beer with just the right amount of citrus aroma and taste as well as body and bitterness. And because it's a fairly low ABV beer, it's "highly crushable." In short, it turned out 100% awesome and you should definitely brew it if any of this sounds appealing.

Brewing Water

We first added 7.9 gallons of tap water to our kettle and made some minor water chemistry adjustments. Shoot us an email if you'd like our water chemistry and Beersmith profiles.


After heating the water to strike temp, we inserted the grain basket in our kettle and added the following grains to the grain basket:

  • 2 Row Pilsner (2.0 SRM) - 6lbs
  • Flaked Oats (1.0 SRM) - 1lbs
  • Flaked Corn (1.7 SRM) - 1lb
  • Flaked Wheat (1.6 SRM) - 1lb


We mashed at 160F for 60 mins. We mashed at a bit higher temperature than we have in the past for this style of beer. The goal was to increase beta amylase activity, which should boost the amount of unfermentable sugar, giving the beer a bit more sweetness and body.

Citrus Zest

While mashing, we worked on processing some citrus zest. We took the peel from 3 oranges and 1 lemon and blanched them. Here's a quick guide to blanching citrus fruit:

  1. Add peels to pot of cold water (enough water to cover peels)
  2. Heat water to a boil
  3. As soon as boil starts, remove from heat, strain peels, and dump water.
  4. Add more cold water to pot along with strained peels
  5. Begin process again.

Repeat this entire process 3 times and make sure to remove the pot from the heat and strain the fruit as soon as a boil is reached. This process reduces the bitterness of the fruit. However, if you leave the peels boil, bitterness will actually increase.

Making Candied Citrus Peel

After blanching we moved on to creating candied peels. To do this we made some simple syrup by dissolving 400 grams of sugar in 400 grams of water (a 1 to 1 ratio). We then added the peels and simmered for 45 minutes. After that we put the peels in a food dehydrator and let them sit on low heat for about 24 hours.

Boiling / Hops

We boiled for 60 minutes and added the following hops, etc:

  • Citra (0.25 oz) at 60 minutes (the start of the boil)
  • Citra (3 oz) & Lemon Drop (1 oz) hopstand after completing the boil and cooling the wort below 170F.
  • Simple Syrup was also added with the hopstand hops.


After leaving the hopstand hops hang out for 20 minutes, we chilled the wort to 68F and added it to a sanitized bucket. We pitched some yeast and let it chill for half a week then added another ounce of citra and an additional ounce of lemon drop hops. We also added candied orange peel at this time. Fermentation kicked off again (because of the sugar in the candied orange peels) and finished a few days later.  California Ale yeast.

Additional Benchmarks

  • Starting Gravity: 1.046
  • Final Gravity: 1.015
  • ABV: 4.07%

Tasting Notes

This beer is one of the best we've brewed. It was super balanced and had a perfect blend of bitterness, hops flavor, and sweetness. The lemon drop hops and orange made for a very pleasant aroma. It tasted like a light citrus IPA, but the orange flavor came through nicely. It was present but not at all overpowering. We really liked the balance of sweet and bitterness as well. We rate this recipe 10/10 and highly recommend brewing it.


  • Amazing video and recipe. i’m interested in the water chemistry and beersmith profiles, as well as the juicy NEIPA because i’m gonna brew those marvels.

    keep up your amazing work and cheers!

    greetings from Chile!

    Posted by Miguel on February 20, 2020
  • Cheers to craft beers !
    I would like to get your water chemistry and Beersmith profiles please …. do you have the recipe for 1 gallon batch ? Thank you and cheers from New Jersey

    Posted by BeerManiaWorld on January 20, 2020
  • very excited to try this.and also interested in trying the water profile.

    Posted by gary on December 30, 2019
  • I think that a NEIPA water profile would work well here.
    Ca >100ppm
    Sulfate-Cloride Ratio 1:2 or 1:3

    Posted by Gonzalo on November 22, 2019
  • I would like to get yours water chemistry and Beersmith profiles for this beer!
    Many thanks.

    Posted by MiKHAIL on November 04, 2019
  • I would like to get yours water chemistry and Beersmith profiles for this beer!
    Many thanks.

    Posted by Eduardo on October 14, 2019
  • I am interested in the beer smith profiles and water chemistry . Sounds like a great beer. Needed a challenging brew.

    Posted by RB3 on September 16, 2019
  • Hi guys, i would Like this recipe and i was wondering About your water profile,thanks and cheers from argentina.

    Posted by Daniel on September 03, 2019
  • Would love to brew this over the weekend. Any beer Smith notes. I will input the info into beersmith manually as well. When the article says simple syrup was added to the boil can you explain that more


    Posted by Justin on July 10, 2019
  • Hi.

    Do you use Bio-orange or normal one?


    Posted by Adam on May 23, 2019
  • Hi was wondering About your water profile thanks cheers

    Alberta Canada
    Posted by Jeff on May 09, 2019
  • Very interested in in your water chemistry profile. I’d like to give it a try this weekend. Thanks!

    Posted by Guillermo Montoya on April 26, 2019
  • I would like to get yours water chemistry and Beersmith profiles for this beer!

    Posted by Rodrigo on April 25, 2019
  • Hello I was wondering if you Gus are able to give me grain bills for 3 gallon batches for the candied orange ipa
    I AM Argentino

    Posted by Sebastian on March 27, 2019
  • Hey Guys! Please send the water chemistry profile. Thank you.

    Posted by Rob on March 19, 2019
  • How much sugar do the candy orangepeels add to the beer?

    Posted by Matti on March 07, 2019
  • hi! I´m interesting in your water chemistry and Beersmith profiles. Could you send to me it please.

    Posted by Gabriela on March 04, 2019
  • Hi.
    Can you please send the brewsmith profile.


    Posted by Alexander on February 20, 2019
  • Hello I was wondering if you Gus are able to give me grain bills for 3 gallon batches for the candied orange ipa and also the juicy NEIPA. I would greatly appreciate it and thank you.

    Posted by Sam on February 13, 2019
  • Hello. Great video for the candied orange brew. I’d like to see the water chemistry and beer smith sheet to try this myself. Thanks for doing great things. Keep up the great work. Have a nice day

    Posted by Craig Rothrock on January 21, 2019

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