After trying a great Rye Pale Ale at my LHBS, I got inspired to try my hand at designing a recipe for one. It's my first attempt at this, so be gentle... any feedback is much appreciated.
I'm looking for something easy drinking with nice hop and rye character, but nothing over the top on either. ABV should be reasonable - I'm stuck studying most evenings so I'd like to be able to drink one with dinner and not be out of commission for the rest of the night...
Style: American Pale Ale (10A)
Batch size: 5.5 gal
8# 2-row (US)
3# Rye malt
0.5# Honey malt
Hops (all pellet)
60 min - 0.75 oz Centennial (10%aa)
30 min - 0.25 oz Centennial (10%aa)
15 min - 0.5 oz Cascade (5.5%aa)
15 min - 0.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%aa)
0 min - 0.5 oz Cascade (5.5%aa)
0 min - 0.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%aa)
Dry hop 7 days - 1 oz Amarillo (8.5%aa)
Mash: Single infusion at 152 deg F, double batch sparge
Preboil volume: ~7.5 gal
Postboil volume: ~6 gal
Ferment with Wyeast 1056, ~66 deg F, primary for 21 days.
Technicals from Beersmith
How's this looking? Any suggestions for improvement? I'm still up in the air about switching out the Honey Malt for something with a little more color/flavor - maybe Crystal 40L? Will the hops go well together? (I still know next to nothing about the best hops for a pale ale... just know that I really like both Cascade and Amarillo).
Thanks for the advice!