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My BrewUnited Challenge Roggenbier

Posted by jay.thomas62 on 8/16/2016 at 10:05:21 AM

The BrewUnited Challenge is truly a challenge. This year’s restrictions and limitations seem to be more difficult than last year’s Challenge. Research, research and more research are needed to come ahead on this one. What is the target beer and what is traditionally used to make that style of beer?

In this case, I decided to make a Roggenbier - having never made that style before. Which makes it somewhat easier (at least in my own mind). Starting with a clean slate and no preconceived notions of how or what the ingredients are needed. I started out reading the Beer Judge Certification Program 2015 Style Guidelines. Then after that, I got online to read up on that style at However that somewhat conflicted with what I read online from so called homebrew experts on what traditional ingredients are used. So I decided to go with a no wheat version. Right or wrong, I was restricted on the number of grains I could use.

Unfortunately I was unable to find a true Roggenbier at my local liquor stores and was not able to make assumptions on what grain bill may work from the taste and aroma of the beer. Ultimately I came up with this.

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Batch Size (gallons)5.5
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style15D. Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)
Original Gravity1.056
Final Gravity1.014
ABV5.51% (basic)   /   5.51% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color14.8 SRM
Boil Time60 min

YeastWyeast 3333 (German Wheat)

Rye Malt5 lbs 8 oz50%4.7
Vienna Malt4 lbs36.4%3.5
Caramunich I (Weyermann) 12 oz6.8%34.5
RedX (BestMälz) 8 oz4.5%15.2284264
Carafa I 4 oz2.3%337

Hallertauer (Boil)1.5 oz604.8%23
Hallertauer (Boil).5 oz154.8%3.8

for complete recipe (with details like mash and fermentation temps), click here

In conclusion, I'm very happy with the results so far. I will not know for sure until it is carbonated. The real test will be how the judges score it. I think that a decoction mash is the way to go on a wheat beer so I used that experience on this Rye Beer.

Now, on to the video of me brewing this beer!

Tags for this post: roggenbier, rye, beer, BrewUnited, challenge, video

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Decoction is the way to go. I did the same👍 good luck!

posted by vcbeeroness on 8/16/2016 at 09:54:14 PM


posted by jay.thomas62 on 8/17/2016 at 02:30:39 AM

Thanks for making that video! I always like to see how others brew their beers.

posted by gruuk on 8/18/2016 at 03:22:08 PM

Thanks for watching. I will have more on youtube soon. working on 3 more for this Challenge.

posted by jay.thomas62 on 8/20/2016 at 01:03:02 AM