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Old 03-25-2013, 12:51 AM   #1
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I'm doing my first run at using Rye tomorrow and have a couple concerns about the recipe.

Grain Bill is as follows;

9# Pale 2-Row
2# Malted Rye

154*F mash for 90 minutes

Hop schedule is for pure cascades,

1oz 60 minutes
.5oz 15 minutes
.5oz 5 minutes

My concerns.

This is mashing at a moderate temperature, which should contribute ok body, but I'm wondering if it'd be better to substitute a pound of munich malt or just add a half pound of toasted barley flakes.

The hop schedule seems like it'd be better to move part of the total load as a first wort hop, but having no experience with using rye, i'm not sure if this will work well.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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I'm doing my first run at using Rye tomorrow and have a couple concerns about the recipe.

Grain Bill is as follows;

9# Pale 2-Row
2# Malted Rye

154*F mash for 90 minutes

Hop schedule is for pure cascades,

1oz 60 minutes
.5oz 15 minutes
.5oz 5 minutes

My concerns.

This is mashing at a moderate temperature, which should contribute ok body, but I'm wondering if it'd be better to substitute a pound of munich malt or just add a half pound of toasted barley flakes.

The hop schedule seems like it'd be better to move part of the total load as a first wort hop, but having no experience with using rye, i'm not sure if this will work well.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
It looks good to me. That's 18% rye, and my preference is more like 20% or more, but it's still going to be noticeable and I think it's good.

I'd probably mash at 152, so I think you're right in there. If you want to add some wheat malt or flaked barley or carapils for head retention and body, that wouldn't hurt.

I dont' see any reason to mash for 90 minutes, especially if you're mashing as high as 154. This mash should easily convert in 30-45 minutes so a 60 minute mash would be more than sufficient.
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Okay... so about a half pound of flaked toasted barley should just about nail it if my numbers are crunching right...

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GODDAMNIT!!

The cat knocked the ball valve on the mash tun partly open while i was in the can... lost about 1g of my first runnings to the damn floor.

little bastard was lapping it up off the floor too.

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Throw the cat in the boil. Problem solved

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It's the wife's cat... that'd not solve the problem. not at all.

Ended up doing a mini-mash for another 2lbs of grain, we'll see what my OG is in a couple hours.

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Okay. So estimated OG based on the grains used at 75% was 1.0559 for the grains initally used @5.5 gallons.

I'm siting at about 4.5-4.75 gallons and 1.057 after that massive charlie foxtrot of a brewday.

I'm gonna say once I top it off, about 1.049 and just call it a win.

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