- Homebrewers can use either malted rye or rye flakes in a beer recipe, or both.
- Rye contributes a distinctive flavor, but also body and mouthfeel.
- Many American-style rye beers use 10-20% rye in the grain bill.
- If using more than about 15-20% rye, consider using rice hulls to prevent a stuck mash.
- Rye will sometime contribute haze to a beer. Review these tips for brewing a clear beer.
Sometimes it’s fun to brew outside of the BJCP style guidelines and to combine different beer styles to make something new and different – a hybrid beer style if you will. Today’s all-grain, rye porter beer recipe combines the roasted malt flavors of a porter with the spicy, tangy rye flavors of a rye pale ale. First, let’s review some tips for brewing with rye: