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Denny's Wry Smile Rye IPA All-Grain Kit


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Regulars and lurkers on the Northern Brewer Forum know it's impossible to miss the sprawling behemoth that is the thread about this recipe, a souped-up American IPA beer kit brewed with almost 20% rye malt. Hefty in all respects, this IPA beer kit is full-bodied, hoppy, strong, and very unique.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Regulars and lurkers on the Northern Brewer Forum know it's impossible to miss the sprawling behemoth that is the thread about this recipe, a souped-up American IPA brewed with almost 20% rye malt. A favorite of just about anyone who's tried it and adopted house beer of a heck of a lot of the many who've brewed it, Denny Conn has graciously worked with us to offer this signature recipe (all-grain only, because of the rye malt). Hefty in all respects, this IPA beer kit is full-bodied, hoppy, strong, and very unique. This kit uses Denny's own house strain, Wyeast 1450, Denny's Favorite 50.

Denny's notes: "Wry Smile Rye IPA was created for my wife’s yearly birthday party; my lovely wife prefers an IPA that lets you know it's got some hops. I started with a relatively straightforward American IPA recipe, and changed one thing at a time through 12-15 test batches until my wife and I agreed that the beer was perfect for our tastes. I’m happy that so many other people have found it perfect for their taste, too! When you pour the beer, the citrusy/floral aroma of the Columbus dry hops tickles your nose. When you take a sip, the beer opens with a bit of spicy hop flavor from the Mt. Hood first wort hops. The next thing that hits you is a slap in the face of bitterness from the Columbus. The flavor finishes with a back of the throat spiciness from the rye. The combination of rye and Wyeast 1450 Denny’s Favorite 50 gives the beer a nice full, silky smooth mouthfeel. I hope Wry Smile will be the hit at your house like it has at mine!"

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Denny's Wry Smile Rye IPA All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1078
Total Time to Make2 months
4.8 / 5.0
39 Reviews
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I had been tweeting my own rye recipe and saw this kit. It sounded like the direction I was heading and lo I was not disappointed. Good malty base balances the higher alcohol. The only suggestion I would make is the need to use rice hulls to counter a stuck sparse. I used 8 oz and still had some difficulty. Next time will use 16 oz. Other than that this is a great beer. Will now have this on hand for spring and fall brews
May 7, 2017
1 year ago
two weeks in my primary fermenter and a week and a half in the secondary. I bottled 3 weeks ago and use Fermenters Favorites Fizz drops. So far the conditioning cycle has not produced much carbonation. The color, clarity and flavor is very good, I would like a frothy head but will be patient to let the carbonation work it's magic.
February 9, 2017
1 year ago
Good purchase
Worked great for the first batch. Recirculating mash had good efficiency.
August 8, 2016
The fridge won't be without it!
Incredible. Like a lot of reviewers have already said, it's one of the best tasting brews, let alone IPA's, I've brewed so far. If you haven't brewed it yet, you should, and it will likely be one of your favorite beers. It is now the standard by which my wife and I compare most other IPA's to when we're out to a restaurant or bar, and we haven't found another IPA that we like better than the one I brew from this recipe. While it doesn't usually last long once we tap into the keg, if you have the control to let it set for a bit, I've found it gets even better with age.
December 19, 2015
Excellent all grain rye kit
First rye I tried. I am a regular all grain brewer in Burkina Faso, Africa. I use a RIMS system and brew 40L/batch. Bought this kit x2 and use non-adjusted local water (ph 5.3. Hit predidted gravity in pre-boil wort after 60 min @ 153f. Primary 3 weeks, secondary 3 weeks, bottle two weeks. Excellent IPA! Great recipe, will brew this again soon.
March 5, 2015
The most delicious brew I have ever tasted
Just a few brewing notes. I do find it a bit difficult to brew because I get what I would call a "stuck sparge"-- enough rye grains seem to create a sticky plug that the sparge cannot easily break through. I find that I have to help the sparge a bit manually.I don't bottle condition, I keg condition and I have found that it enhances the flavor to condition in the keg under light CO2 for at least 2 to 3 weeks.I follow the NB recipe almost exactly and I do get the gravity specification and I measure about 8.0% abv in my final brew.I have tried making it with the dry yeast and I feel it just does not have that radiant complexity that I find when I use the Denny's Favorite 50 liquid custom yeast.My friend from San Diego is a huuuge beer nut and is very active in the San Diego beer scene. He happened to drop by my house while I had some of my Denny Wry Smile Rye IPA on tap in my kegerator-- He was totally blown away!! He could not get enough. This is my favorite ever and I am so proud that I can make this.
December 28, 2014
I've brewed this one twice now, and have loved it each time. The only problem is that it is too delicious and I've got to keep re-making it.
August 12, 2014
its pretty sweet.
This is great beer.brewed 5-6 differnt ryes this is best one yet.Rebel rye porter up next we will see how it compares.Its hoppy but not over the top.Has a sweet taste to it that makes it quite tasty.It wiil be RIP soon for this one.goin fast
June 30, 2014
Great beer
Brewed on 12/1 and really came into its own around 2/21. Long time to wait, but well worth it. Spicy, great nose, moderate bitterness at the end. I prefer a maltier IPA but this one is really drinkable smooth on tap. Next up west coast IPA.
February 22, 2014
This was my second all grain batch. The kits are well prepared and make the process easy. I just bottled this beer and it tastes great. IÕm going to have trouble waiting for this beer to carbonate! Another excellent kit from Northern Brewer!
December 31, 2013
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Is the base malt Rahr 2-Row, or Rahr Pale Ale? The recipe states "Rahr 2-row Pale" Just clarifying.
GARON T on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The base grain is Rahr 2-row pale ale malt which is 3 - 4 L and is kilned a bit higher than the Rahr 2-row which is at 1.7 L. This gives it more color and flavor.
I want to do a partial mash with this. What ratios of rye to crystal do you suggest? Same as this just less?
K H on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Greetings!

Here is a great article in BYO magazine talking about just that. Give it a read and if you have any more questions let us know!


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