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Old 12-19-2011, 07:31 PM   #1
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I'm developing a recipe for a rye ale and am looking for some input on good hop combinations. I've already developed what I'd like to think is a killer rye IPA but would like to scale back on the hop flavor / bitterness and showcase the malt and rye characteristics.

Right now, I have centennial, chinook, nugget, warrior, mt. hood, amarillo (whole leaf), and glacier on hand. I've made the rye IPA twice, once with a chinook / centennial blend and the 2nd time with all amarillo - both were very good in their own ways but the all amarillo beer stands out as the best (very similar to Founder's Red's Rye).

Anywho, like I said before, I'm looking to use a different combination and shift the balance toward the malt. My initial thoughts were to use chinook, nugget, or warrior for a small bittering charge and then mt. hood or possibly glacier (a variety that I'm not crazy about) for finishing, with about 30-35 IBU max. Yeast-wise, I'm looking at Notty most likely. Grist will probably be about 50% 6-row (it's what I have on hand), 30% rye, 10% munich, 7% crystal 120, 3% special b.

Anybody have any suggestions for a hop combo from what I have available that would go well with the rye character of the beer?

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Old 12-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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Warrior for bittering and Mt. Hood for flavor/aroma would do the best job. Make your flavor add at 15 and aroma at 5. and do not dry hop.

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Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too. Clean bitterness from Warrior and some earthy, spicy aroma and flavor from Mt. Hood would likely pair pretty well with a rye ale.

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:39 PM   #4
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Not sure if you get Terrapin where you are but they make a great rye pale. The head brewer and owner, Spike, is one of those brewers that spills his guts on CYBI so as a reference the 5 gallon clone uses:

.75oz - Bravo - bittering
1oz - Fuggles - 30min
.5oz - EKG - 20 & 10 minutes
1oz - Cascade - flame out
1oz - Amarillo - dry hop

I don't know the AA of each so take the weights with a grain of salt. I brewed it before the light bulb went on in my head that I should care about the AA at my LHBS vs other people recipes.

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Old 12-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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I do get Terrapin and love their rye pale. I'd like to do something along those lines but with a bigger malt presence. I've never used Bravo but have some clean bittering hops that should do the trick. I'll probably sub glacier for fuggles/ekg as it's what I have. THanks for the input guys.

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