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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dunkel"rye"zen, bottled

The Dunkel"rye"zen is bottled.  FG is 1.014 placing it at 5% ABV.  Tasted at bottling and there are some nice flavors in there.  Aromas of chocolate, rye, and spice, with subtle phenolics from the yeast, and slight flavors of wheat and chocolate, finishing with rye and spice.  Two weeks to go in the bottle to see where it ends up.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


After reading some articles on whether or not to rack to secondary, I decided not to for this batch.  There will be loads of yeast in there from the Fermentis Safbrew WB-06 yeast strain.  I want to see how the yeast does in cleaning up byproducts when left on the yeast cake.  It will not be on the cake for more than three weeks, so the risk of off flavors from autolyzed yeast should be minimal to none.  This beer is just going on its 2nd week of fermentation so it should be complete in about a week to 10 days.  I'm choosing not to do gravity test so as to minimize any chances of oxidation.  Cheers!