I found a recipe for Estonian Rye Beer on another site. My son is half Estonian and I want to brew the AG version for his birthday. I'm unsure about the recipe, though.
The grain bill is:
5 lbs. of 6-row brewer's malt
0.5 lb. amber malt (or light crystal, 20° Lovibond or so)
1.5 lbs. wheat
Mash @ 130 degrees 30-40 minutes, then add:
0.5 lb. medium crystal malt (50-60° Lovibond)
0.5 lb. Vienna malt
2.5 lb. chocolate malt
7.5 lb. malted rye
2.5 lb. malted wheat
and mash @ 152 degrees for 45 min., raise to 165 degrees for 10 min., run off the wort and sparge @ 170 degrees.
The amount of grain for a 5 gallon batch comes out to 20.5#. Seven and a half pounds of rye and 2.5# of wheat seem high to me. I found a thread on another site that speculated those amounts were in error, but no definite conclusion was reached.
Does anyone have experience with this recipe or would anyone be willing to offer advice?