Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rye Stout Brew Day -- 7 Gallon Scaleup

Grain bill for Rye Stout
Got that Roasted Barley
To contrast the light brew I made last time, I decided it was time to bring back the Rye Stout I had previously made at my old house. This time I would be scaling it up to get more than 12 or so bottles as I had done before. Additionally, since I have a larger grain bill, I could add some more complexity to this recipe by diversifying some of the darker malts.

Just enough grain to make this mash tun work
To make this recipe work out with my mash tun, I would need to make 6 - 7 gallons of wort. I've proven that I can handle 12 gallons of wort in my last brewing campaign, so this can be easily accomplished with one sublot.
That's some darkness
90 minutes of mashing with various agitation and this wort was ready to be collected. As you can see in these photos, the wort was incredibly dark.
Grain bed settled
To distribute the wort, I had it emptied out into a bucket first to allow for even distribution of the strong and weak concentrated liquid among my three kettles.
Systematic method of dividing up wort
I think I used a bit too much sparge water because I did not intend to fill up my third kettle completely. Oh well. As I noted from tasting this brew previously, I could easily dilute it more and still preserve the malty flavor.
Let's get cooking!

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Rolling Thunder!
As usual with my setup, my strong burner started boiling 15 minutes before the next kettle started to boil. Interestingly enough, both the kettles on the weaker burners started boiling at the same time. Saved me from needing a 3rd timer!
Initiating full boil
I ended up collecting ~7 gallons of wort following the 60 minute boil. The OG of this brew was 1.055, significantly less than this beer when I made it last time. I'm expecting the FG on this to be much lower than how it turned out last time based on how the mash went.
Made too much wort again
This should finish around 5.7% - 6% ABV. Cheers!
This one might actually be meth this time....

Rye Stout (7 Gallon Batch)

11.5 lb 2 Row
2.0 lb Rye Malt
0.75 lb Roasted Barley
1.25 lb Crystal 40
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt
0.25 lb Brown Malt

1 oz East Kent Golding (60 min)
1 oz Willamette (30 min)

Safale US-05

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