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September 19, 2021
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Rye Amber Ale - Homebrew Recipe

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Five years ago, this was the first recipe we ever brewed on our channel. Kyle filmed it in his basement with Emmet and Rachel. Today - to celebrate reaching 100k subscribers - we're doing it again! It's a deliciously bitter, grain-forward beer with a deep copper color. Brewing this recipe again represents how far we've come (and how little we've really changed). We still make mistakes, we still make messes, but we have fun - and for some reason, enough of you like to watch us do that. In all seriousness, thanks for sticking around and supporting us through the years. To many more - cheers to five years!

Full Brew Day Video

This recipe is tailored for our 10 gallon 120 volt brewing system. Watch us use it in the video below.


  • SG: 1.055
  • FG: 1.014
  • ABV: 5.38%

Ingredients Needed


  • 7 lbs Pale Malt
  • 1 lbs 8 oz Brewer's Rye Flakes
  • 1 lb Rye Malt
  • 1 lb Munich Malt
  • 8 oz Crystal 120 Malt
  • 4.3 oz Caramunich Malt
  • 2 oz Special B Malt


  • 1 1/3 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) 


  • English Style Ale Yeast (Danstar)

Brew Day Instructions


Fill your kettle with 7.36 gallons of water. Add a campden tablet to remove chlorine.


Finely crush your grain. Heat your water to 148F. This recipe calls for a 60 minute mash.


Once your mash is done, pull your grains, hook them above your kettle, and let them drain. While you’re waiting for your grains to drain, set your controller to 100% power to start a boil.

This recipe calls for a 60 minute boil with four hop additions:

  • 60 minute - .33 oz of Columbus
  • 20 minute - .33 oz of Columbus
  • 10 minute - .33 oz of Columbus
  • 2 minute (flameout) - .33 oz of Columbus

Yeast and Fermentation

Once you've added all your hops, chill your wort to 68F, transfer to a fermenter, and pitch one pack of English Style Ale Yeast. We fermented this under pressure for 3 weeks. To learn more about pressure fermenting, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be on the lookout for an upcoming article.


The beer turned out great, but it's definitely on the bitter side. You can really taste the grains coming through - particularly with the rye malt. It's also got a nice hint of spiciness. It's not very hoppy and you won't get much hop aroma, which makes this a very grain-forward beer. We highly recommend giving this one a try. Let us know how it turns out, and be sure to subscribe to our channel - there are many more videos to come!



Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Good morning brew buds. I am happy to share that i brewed this delicious beer at the end of December using my own AG setup.

    I allowed the brew to primary ferment for a month and bottle condition for an additional month.

    Overall the beer turned out great! As stated in your comments it is grain forward with limited hop carryover. I am also catching quite a bit of rye coming through.

    This is an awesome beer and look forward to making this again.

    Cheers 🍻

    Posted by Bradford on February 21, 2022
  • You guys are great!

    How much beer/yield does it make. I have a 5 gal system so will need to do math because you have a 10gal system, Right? And math is hard

    Posted by Dan on December 07, 2021

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