Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rye IPA (redux)

My brother, Jeff, and I hadn't brewed together in a while, so we decided it was about time. He did the first draft of the recipe and I tweaked it a bit by upping the rye and crystal malts and suggesting some hop schedule changes. He came back with more ideas about the hops and we had a true collaborative brew on our hands. Nothing else to report really from a brewing perspective. We hit all our numbers and everything went really smoothly. We finished the day with a great dinner and excellent beers at the Armsby Abbey (where I had my first Flanders Red - a Vichtenaar Flemish Ale - absolutely wonderful).

Tasting notes: This turned out to be a pretty nice beer - clear, nice color, full, creamy head, good hop aroma. The rye was really noticeable though. So much so that my brother didn't like it at all and I ended up with all the beer (well, not all, since we gave some to our other brother too). I feel badly now about suggesting we up the rye from his original recipe. I like this beer, but I would definitely cut down the rye next time. It's distinctive and I can see where if someones doesn't like that flavor, they're not going to like this beer. On the flip side, you'll love this beer if you like rye.
62 Minute RyePA

Recipe Specifications
Partial mash, partial boil
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 2.5 gal
Color: 7.6 SRM
IBUs: 55.0
OG: 1.054
FG: 1.016

2.5 lbs Pale Malt - 31.25 %
1 lbs Rye Malt - 12.50 %
8.0 oz Crystal Malt (~60L) - 6.25 %
4 lbs Extra Light DME - 50.00 %

1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.70 %] (60 min)
0.50 oz Cascade [7.40 %] (15 min)
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.70 %] (15 min)
0.50 oz Cascade [7.40 %] (5 min)
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.70 %] (5 min)
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.70 %] (1 min)
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.70 %] (Dry Hop 7 days)

California Ale (#WLP001)

Mash Schedule
Single Infusion, 154F, Partial Mash, Batch Sparge

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