My rye pale ale is merrily bubbling away in its secondary fermentation and I'm very excited for this batch. I've attempted to mimic my two favorite hopped-up rye pale ales: Founder's Red's Rye and Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. Time will tell if I've come anywhere close, but I've dry-hopped with a hefty amount of Cascade hops and I threw in an extra pound of DME (dry malt extract) during the boil to bump up the booze. It looks like I may actually hit my target of 7% ABV.
This was actually my first experience with dry hopping. I didn't leave quite enough headroom in the carboy for the hop pellets to expand (I had no clue they'd puff up so much!) and I had my first airlock overflow. Fortunately I caught the overflow before it made too big a mess and I was able to clean out the airlock and keep everything tidy and controlled (hopefully). I don't look forward to waiting 6 more weeks for my first taste of this bad boy, but in the meantime I'll enjoy the delicious smell wafting out of the airlock.
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