Rye Wit

This weekend I decided to attempt something I haven’t done in a while…a double brew day. This isn’t something I often do because if you don’t manage your time well things are going to get hectic. I don’t brew to have a hectic day. I brew to enjoy the process and make beer. That said I’ve found myself getting behind the ball on brewing and wanted to get caught up.  Just to make things harder on myself I also decided to brew two very different types of beer: Rye Wit and Honey Porter.  So here’s how things went…

The Rye Wit was inspired by a blog post I read a while back that talked using a grist consisting mainly of wheat malt and some rye.  That’s it, no barley at all.  They also used a tropical fruity hop variety.  Overall it sounded like a refreshing beer and I wanted to make something like it.

I started by scaling the original recipe to my small batch size.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
2.1 gal 60 min 11.2
Actuals 1.02 1.005 1.9


Name Amount %
Wheat Malt, Ger 1.275 lbs 69.92
Rye Malt 6.8 oz 23.31
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 1.98 oz 6.77


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Mosaic 14 g 5 min Boil Pellet 12
Mosaic 28.3 g 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 12


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale S-05 Safale 75% 59°F - 75.2°F

Rye Wit wheatAs you can tell, that’s not a big grain bill and no, this doesn’t strictly follow the “guidelines” for a Witbier.  We’re experimenting a bit here.

While I missed by target gravity of 1.020 by 4 points, I think I could improve it with a finer crush.  The rye kernels are smaller in size and didn’t seem to get broken up very much.  Otherwise the mash was not nearly as much trouble as I thought it would be considering the “sticky” reputation both wheat and rye have when used in high proportions.  I did learn that Mosaic hops are the bomb!  I’ll definitely be using more of these in the future.

Mosaic hops

Initially I planned on doing a 30 minute boil, but fudged some calculations and ended up with too much wort volume so did the 60 minute boil anyway.  Cooled to 65 F by pumping ice water through my immersion chiller and pitched a packet of US-05.  I’m interested to see how this one turns out.

rye wit wort

I’ll detail the Honey Porter in a later post.  Cheers…

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