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Brown Rye Ale

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Brown Rye Ale

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Beer Style: American Brown Ale  (10C)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

American Brown Ale


The inspiration for this recipe is the recipe for Brown Ale in the back of Dave Miller's book. The rye flavor is prominent, even with this small amount of rye. I think that more than two pounds would be overpowering in this style. (Maybe more in a stout??)


  • 5 lbs Mild Ale Malt (Munton & Fison)
  • 1.5 lbs Rye Flakes (in the bulk section of your health food store)
  • 8 oz Cara-Munich (DeWolf-Cosyns)
  • 3 oz Roasted Barley (DeWolf-Cosyns)
  • 1 lb of Sucanat (evaporated cane juice, ie. natural brown sugar)
  • 2.0 oz = 8.0 AAU Fuggles (60 min)
  • 1.5 oz = 5.2 AAU Spalt (10 min)
  • London Ale or German Ale Wyeast

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Mash malt and rye at 142 for 90 minutes. The three times I've made this, the mash temperature has always been on the low side. The beer came out great every time, so I'm not worried.

Sparge as usual. Add sucanat and boil 60 minutes.

Chill as usual. The original gravity comes to 1.048 (for 5 gallons).

Pitch London Ale or German Ale Wyeast. Actually, I'm going to try the California Steam/Lager yeast next time. It sounds like the steamy esters would complement the rye flavor quite nicely.