Monday, August 20, 2012

India Red Rye Ale Recipe

A brick of Indie Hops Cascades.While it might sound similar to Founders Red's Rye on the surface, this Red Rye IPA shouldn’t share many flavor similarities. Unlike the other test batches I’ve brewed for Modern Times, this one was a bit further away from any of my previous recipes. (As an aside, Jacob is about to dive head-first into brewery site selection!) The only rye IPA I had brewed previously was Denny’s famous recipe. I didn’t really care for the combination of rye, Mt. Hood and Columbus hops in either my batch or the one my friend Scott brewed.

This Red Rye IPA is a continuation of our attempt to brew hoppy beers with a wide variety of characters. Citrus (Hoppy Wheat), Dank (Amber IPA), Classic “West Coast” (Pale Ale), and now spicy-grapefruit. I opted for the combination of Sterling and Cascade in a roughly equal ratio as both are assertive, but not nearly as much as some of the bold new varieties coming onto the market. The Cascade was a sample that Jacob obtained from Indie Hops. They have hyped their lower temperature pelletization, but these are whole hops. Sometimes their hops are available to homebrewers through Falling Sky Brewing.

While brewers often call rye “spicy” I’ve always sensed more of a toasty/earthy flavor. As step-mashes, to alleviate the sticky character of this grain, may prove challenging on the commercial system, I skipped the beta-glucan rest and kept the rye malt to under 20%. In addition I added both Fawcett Caramel Rye and Weyermann Chocolate Rye for additional dimension to the rye flavor. Along with the American pale base, I added melanoidin to enhance the malty character, and CaraRed to ensure a deep saturated red color. CaraRed didn't taste like a true caramel malt, my guess is that it is similar to Weyermann CaraAmber (which despite the name is toasted, and not a caramel/crystal malt). Depending on where CaraRed falls, this recipe may have a bit more caramel/crystal malt than I usually add to hoppy beers, but I had great results with last year’s India Red Ale which was brewed with 12% crystal malt.

Wort from my Red Rye IPA.After a few batches using my new chilling rig (March pump, to HopRocket, to Therminator) I have to say it was a breeze going back to my old immersion chiller and ice-water-recirculating pump for this brew. It takes a bit longer to chill, but using ice in this way is much more efficient than in a pre-chiller because the ice water keeps running through the chiller until it absorbs as much heat as it can.

This is the last hoppy beer I’ll be brewing for a few batches because I recently had two 5-gallon barrels arrive from Balcones Distillery that need to be filled, and then refilled relatively quickly. I also brewed my sixth batch of lambic last weekend, fermenting with a starter I made from six bottles of 3 Fonteinen gueuze (including all four of the phenomenal Armand’4 series), and you probably thought I’d forgotten the sorts of things this blog is known for?

India Red Rye Ale

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 5.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 13.41
Anticipated OG: 1.063
Anticipated SRM: 13.3
Anticipated IBU: 73.9
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 75 Minutes

67.1% - 9.00 lbs. American Pale "2-row" Malt
18.6% - 2.50 lbs. Rye Malt
5.6% - 0.75 lbs. CaraRed
3.7% - 0.50 lbs. Crystal Rye
3.7% - 0.50 lbs. Melanoidin Malt
1.2% - 0.16 lbs. Chocolate Rye

5 ml HopShot (Extract) @ 60 min.
1.00 oz. Sterling (Pellet, 7.50% AA) @ 20 min.
1.00 oz. Cascade (Whole, 5.75 AA) @ 15 min.
1.50 oz. Cascade (Whole, 5.75 AA) @ 0 min.
2.00 oz. Sterling (Pellet, 7.50% AA) @ 0 min.
2.50 oz. Cascade (Whole, 5.75 AA) @ Dry Hop
2.00 oz. Sterling (Pellet, 7.50% AA) @ Dry Hop

0.75 Whirlfloc @ 10 min.
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 10 min.

White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Water Profile
Profile: Washington, Hoppy

Mash Schedule
Sacch Rest - 60 min @ 150 F

Brewed 8/5/12 by myself

Undiluted filtered DC water. This is a darker hoppy beer, so I didn't mind the high carbonate as much as I usually do. 6 g of gypsum and 3 g of CaCl added to the boil.

Collected 6.75 gallons of 1.060 runnings with a fly sparge that I ended up batching at the end out of concern for channeling.

Added the final dose of hops and waited 15 minutes before starting the chill, hop-standing. Used ground water to get the wort down to 95F, then switched to recirculated ice water. When I reached 66F I strained the 1.070 wort and diluted with .5 gallon of spring water to hit my target gravity.

Wort color looks darker than the expected ruby red, may look a bit lighter after fermentation.

Pitched 12 oz of loose yeast slurry from the Hoppy Wheat #2 harvested two weeks earlier (stored in the fridge, allowed to warm to 66F before pitching). Shook to aerate. Left at 66 F to start fermenting. Good activity by the following morning.

8/18/12 Racked into a flushed keg containing the sack of dry hops. Left at cellar temperature until a tap opens up. The color appears substantially lighter than the wort did, maybe even too light.

8/28/12 Removed the dry hops, and put on tap. Color looks a bit light, and it is really cloudy.

9/26/12 Tasting notes for this one. Really solid beer, I like the hop character, I just want it bolder. I like the maltiness, I'd just prefer it a bit drier.


Unknown said...

Noticed you are using the "hop shot" for your hoppy brews. Do you plan on doing similar things when you guys "scale up"?

Are there any work arounds/alternatives to achieve the same amount of IBUs as the hop shot?

jbakajust1 said...

Love to see my boys f/ Falling Sky on here. I may just have to try this recipe since I can get the Indies. Work 2 blocks from them, and there beers at the brewery are killer too.

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

Exactly, the plan is to use hop extract for at least part of the bittering for most of our hoppy beers. Using a clean bittering hop like Warrior to target about 90% of the IBUs would give similar results. If anything my issue with the HopShots is that they are too clean, they lack the tongue coating bitterness on their own I like in my hoppy beers.

Very cool! Good luck brewing if you end up doing something similar.

Anonymous said...

Looks an awesome recipe... about to brew this soon. Would Magnum be ok tp bitter with ?

Peter said...

Going to use Magnum for bittering and ferment with Wyeast American Ale II

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

Magnum should be perfect, nice and clean. I really liked American II in the India Red Ale I brewed last year, good choice.

Let me know how it turns out!

Willi Patton said...

I have a yeast cake from a Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin Clone that I brewed recently. It started as WLP 002 English Ale. I was thinking about fermenting your Red Rye Recipe on this. Any thoughts?

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

002 is a much lower attenuating yeast, and it tends to strip bitterness out. In a beer like this that is both malty and hoppy I think it could work well, but I would lower the mash temperature by a few degrees and up the IBUs by 10 to compensate. Good luck!