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January 25, 2010 (10:07 AM)
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 holiday ales, even though they were a bit sedimenty (probably want to let it go a little longer in the primary, so it makes a more solid cake).
 
As with many of my recent beers, head retention was horrific -- probably worse with this one than any other in awhile. While the flavor was okay, I would just say this beer was "drinkable" and leave it at that. Nothing was great about it, and it certainly didn't live up to my expectations. It definitely needed some more hoppiness and just generally a better, more balanced array of flavors. And the fact that it was ugly when poured into a glass didn't help (no head, with chunky-looking sediment).
 
So in summary, this was a disappointment. People seemed happy enough to drink it, so it wasn't an utter failure, but it could have been a lot better.
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November 30, 2009 (10:27 AM)
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 full it tasted earlier in the process.
 
All things considered, though, I think this is a decent and easily quaffable beer.
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November 11, 2009 (3:23 PM)
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 head for a few minutes.
 

 
I think this beer is ready for sharing now. I also suspect I will want to brew this again. Perhaps I'll try the same recipe with different yeasts, since I like this low alcohol content and the rye flavors. It might be nice with a bit more yeast character -- however, it would be sad to lose the maltiness that this yeast leaves with its low attenuation.
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November 9, 2009 (08:30 AM)
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, though I guess I'm used to my 6%+ homebrews. I'm looking forward to sharing this one.
 
Only negative thing I noticed is that the head retention isn't that great, but hopefully that was at least in part because I threw the bottle in the freezer to quickly cool it.
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November 3, 2009 (6:02 PM)
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 would do when I picked it for the Holiday Ale. Though really they both have the same residual extract, about 1.022, so perhaps the high gravity was the main reason for higher apparent attenuation.
 
In any case, the Mild Rye tasted quite good, even flat and sweetened with priming sugar. And coming in just under 4.5% ABV, it'll be a nice counterbalance to the Holiday Ale's 7.8%+. I'll probably taste it before I head to Chicago the week after next.
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October 26, 2009 (2:05 PM)
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 week. Other than that one brief scare, the temperatures have been very acceptable and the yeast activity seems healthy.
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October 17, 2009 (08:09 AM)
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 hours of this before I woke up with a jolt at 7:30, realizing I had thrown off all my sheets and blankets. Unfortunately, the Mild Ale had reached about 78 degrees! I immediately killed the heat and threw the carboy into a water bath, but I'm worried it's ruined. We shall see...
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October 16, 2009 (4:23 PM)
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-looking):
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October 16, 2009 (03:20 AM)
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... I'm curious to see how viable the yeast cake is after sitting inactive for almost 3 weeks now.
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October 15, 2009 (2:56 PM)
I'm off to the brew store now to get the ingredients for this one — plan to brew it tonight!
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