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Mild Rye Ale


This is a relatively low-alcohol, minimally hopped ale, though not quite as much so as a traditional "mild" would be. It should be an easily drinkable beer, hopefully enough so as to offset the intensity of the Holiday Ale (since both should be ready around the same time).
I decided to reuse the Holiday Ale yeast cake rather than making a starter or buying a new pack of yeast (something I'd never tried before). I'm hoping the relatively light beer will pick up some hints of the darker Holiday Ale — maybe even a faint residue of the spices — to give it a more complex character.

Anticipated OG:   	1.044
Anticipated SRM: 	10.8 (		)
Anticipated IBU: 	25.4

Brew date:		October 15, 2009
Original gravity: 	1.049
Days in primary:	17 days
Days in secondary: 	[none]
Final gravity: 		1.016
Bottling date:		November 1, 2009
ABV:			4.3%

% 	Amount 		Name 			Origin 		Potential 	SRM
70.6 	6.00 lbs.  	Pale Malt(2-row) 	America 	1.036 		2
17.6 	1.50 lbs.  	Rye Malt 		America		1.030 		4
10.0 	0.85 lbs.  	Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt	 		1.033 		2
1.8 	0.15 lbs.  	Chocolate Malt 		Great Britain 	1.034	 	475

Amount 		Name	 	Form 	Alpha 	IBU 	Boil Time
0.75 oz.  	Cascade 	Whole 	7.00 	21.1 	45 min
1.125 oz.	Mt. Hood	Whole	5.10	4.3	5 min

Irish Moss (a pinch) (15 min boil)

WYeast 1968 London Extra Special Bitter (reused from the Holiday Ale 2009)

Use a simple mash schedule of 75-90 minutes at 153-155°F.

I brewed this on bottling day for the Holiday Ale, so I simply left some of the slurry in
the bottom of the carboy and poured the cooled Mild Rye wort onto that.
Brewer's log (view full log)
Since I didn't do a "looking back" entry for this beer, I guess I should do so while the memory is at all fresh. These disappeared a bit faster than the holida. . . . . [view full post]
These have matured very well now. The head retention is still slightly wanting, but not too bad. The body is also a little on the dry side, considering how fu. . . . . [view full post]
Glad to say the head retention issue has improved some. This picture was taken about two minutes after pouring this beer, so it's at least keeping some slight . . . . . [view full post]
Sneaked a taste of this last night, and I'm very pleased. Has a very full body, with a nice balance and complexity of flavors. Hardly tasted alcoholic at all, . . . . . [view full post]
Okay, I'm a few days late on this log entry. I bottled the Mild Rye on Sunday (Nov. 1), with a FG of 1.016. That's more like what I was hoping this yeast woul. . . . . [view full post]
I keep expecting this one to finish up, but it's still a bit cloudy and still seems to be at least minimally active. Probably will bottle by the end of the wee. . . . . [view full post]
ARCGGGH!!! Last night, whilst I slept, our thermostat malfunctioned and sent the heat up to like 84 degrees. I was sleeping like a baby for who knows how many . . . . . [view full post]
Was a little slow to get started, but now it's getting going. Took a picture, but for some reason the color balance came out weird (it's not this orange/yellow. . . . . [view full post]
Alright, the Mild Rye is in the fermenter. OG was a tad high, but that's what I've come to expect from my efficiency. Hopefully this will start bubbling soon... . . . . [view full post]


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