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Rye Blonde Ale II

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Back by popular demand, here's a 10-gallon batch of a semi-replica of the original Rye Blonde Ale. I had to replace some of the grains, modify the percentages slightly, and tweak some other aspects. This one will have a slightly higher alcohol content, be slightly less bitter, and have slightly more Saaz hop flavor and aroma, but since there will never be a side-by-side comparison, I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference. If someone could, I hope they would find the changes to be an improvement.

Batch Size (Gal): 	10.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 	25.00 	   	  
Anticipated OG: 	1.056
Anticipated SRM: 	8.7 (			)
Anticipated IBU: 	41.4
Wort Boil Time: 	60 min

Brew date:		January 22, 2011
Original gravity:	>1.054
Days in primary:	[pending]
Days in secondary:	[pending]
Target final gravity:	1.012
Actual final gravity:	[pending]
Bottling date:		[pending]
Target ABV:		5.8%
Actual ABV:		[pending]


Grain/Extract/Sugar
% 	Amount 		Name 			Origin 		Potential 	SRM
66.0 	16.50 lbs.  	Brewer's Malt (2-row) 	America 	1.037 		2
20.0 	5.00 lbs.  	Rye Malt 		America 	1.030 		4
8.0 	2.00 lbs.  	Biscuit Malt 		Great Britain 	1.035 		35
4.0 	1.00 lbs.  	CaraPilsner 		France 		1.035 		10
2.0 	0.50 lbs.  	Dark Wheat Malt 	Germany 	1.039 		8

Hops
Amount 		Name 		Form 	Alpha 	IBU 	Boil Time
1.25 oz.  	Sorachi Ace 	Whole 	8.00 	21.8 	60 min
4.00 oz.  	Czech Saaz 	Whole 	3.10 	13.8 	30 min
2.00 oz.  	Czech Saaz 	Whole 	3.10 	3.6 	15 min
2.00 oz.  	Czech Saaz 	Whole 	3.10 	2.2 	3 min


Yeast
5 gallons: WLP575 Belgian Style Ale Blend

5 gallons: WYeast 1272 American Ale II (second generation)


Mash Schedule:


Brewer's log (view full log)
So I'm working my way through the last of dozen or so of these now, after many people have had a chance to try at least a few of them. Not quite time for a "lo. . . . . [view full post]
So now that these bottles are well-conditioned, it's time to admit that the tweaks to this recipe made it a lot less blonde... maybe now it could be more accura. . . . . [view full post]
Bottled the Rye Blonde II yesterday, ended up with 78 normal 12oz bottles, three 22oz bottles, and five 500ml (16.9oz) flip-top bottles. Which, if my math is c. . . . . [view full post]
Both carboys have blown out their airlocks, so I replaced them with blowoff tubes. The 1272 got going faster (probably due to the starter), but the 575 is defi. . . . . [view full post]
Brewed the Rye Blonde yesterday, as planned. It was my first experience brewing more than 5 gallons at a time, and it definitely turned out to be far more time. . . . . [view full post]
Looks like the hops are on time for delivery tomorrow, so everything should be good to go for a Saturday brew session. Also, since the year-old Wyeast 1272 was. . . . . [view full post]
I have realized that my 12-month-old jars of yeast slurry are not exactly viable, so I'm going to switch the yeast. It's going to undoubtedly change the charac. . . . . [view full post]
UPS tracking shows the hops for the Rye Blonde probably won't arrive until next week, so gonna have to brew something else this weekend if I'm brewing. Like, p. . . . . [view full post]
I picked up the grain for this recipe today, and ordered a pound of Czech Saaz hops from Hops Direct. I should be ready to brew by Saturday or Sunday (15th or . . . . . [view full post]
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