From London to Kentucky and all points in between, porters have been a perennial favorite of beer lovers and brewers for most of modern history. And for those of us who can’t get enough rye in our beers, our new Rebel Rye kit takes it to a whole new level.
Like our renowned Bourbon Barrel Porter recipe, the Rebel Rye calls for the addition of American oak cubes soaked in whiskey added to the secondary. But here the porter is a rich, malty brown porter without all the sharp edges of its robust brother to obscure the inherent spicy, oily character of a healthy dose of rye malt. And that element is elevated with the use of rye whiskey instead of bourbon. The result is intense rye spiciness jutting out over subdued roast character and a dense malt base.
|Beer Kit Yield||5 Gallons|
|Recipe and Instructions||Click here!|
|Total Time to Make||2 months|
- Very Nice with Cacao Nibs Review by Alexander
- great beer, oak flavor builds quickly Review by Alexander
- Delicious... just be patient Review by Matt
I ended up going almost 2 weeks in primary and a solid 3-4 weeks in secondary before adding the whiskey and oak. I used Bulleit Rye as my whiskey, which I think makes a huge difference. You can spend $10 on a bottle of rye, or you can invest a little more and get something of quality, plus there's some leftover at the end to enjoy yourself. I let the beer sit another full 2 weeks after adding the whiskey and before bottling.
I started kegging my beer a few years ago, so bottling was another thing that was difficult for me to do, seeing as I hate to be patient. I'm now at 3 weeks since bottling and tried one of the beers; it was amazing. I'm going to let them sit in the cool, dark basement a few more weeks/months, but this is going to be a brew to remember.
One thing of note, I only used half the recommended amount of sugar when bottling. When I tend to be impatient my sugar levels never drop to where they're supposed to be, so I get over-carbonation problems. I decided to play it safe and only use half... I'd rather have a slightly carbonated beer versus a glass of foam. (Posted on 2/6/13)
- Great Brew Review by Albrecht_Ales
(Posted on 1/4/13)
- Just fantastic Review by J Strong
When we brew this again, we'd probably use more oak, and perhaps a bit more whiskey, or something stronger than 42%.
My buddy and I are fairly new to brewing, and this kit was our sixth batch. We selected Michter's US-1 Straight Rye Whiskey for the whiskey addition and following the directions to the letter. We used Wyeast 1028 and prepared a 1800mL starter. We served at a temperature around 55 degrees to really bring out the whiskey's character. Any colder than that the contribution of the whiskey was really diminished.
Hopefully somebody with a bit more experience will post a more thorough analysis, I just thought it was sad that such a great kit didn't yet have any reviews! (Posted on 10/30/12)