Originally Posted by mbobhat
Thanks for posting. I like your grainbill, I will definitely try this. Have you ever had Sierra Nevada's ruthless rye?
I like the midboil fuggles and golding. I was leaning towards using chinook, but think it might be too much overpowering the rye. That's why I keep wanting to put some amber malt in to balance it.
I do like the ruthless rye, but I am not a fan of the trend or almost obligation, for any rye beer to be amber. I find that even 20-30 percent rye does not yield an amber color to the beer.
I think ruthless is brava, citra and chinook but to me it is really dry and really bitter, even for a sierra nevada offering. The medium xtal and roasted malts they use make the effect even more dramatic. IMO, if you are going to go through the effort to appropriately grind and mash rye, I don't like to hide it behind a bunch of dark crystal and roasted malts.