Piney the Turtle, designed by Beancurdturtle Brewing LLC
Piney the Turtle, designed by Beancurdturtle Brewing LLC

A friend asked if I could give some big clues on how to brew this beer...

Piney the Turtle is a specialty American Rye Ale. The dry and spicy character of a cleanly brewed rye ale is supported by piney/resinous hops, blue spruce tips, and a touch of juniper berries to create a uniquely refreshing beer with invigorating aromatics. This beer was designed by Beancurdturtle Brewing LLC and brewed (so far) at Phantom Ales in Anaheim California.

Don’t expect to be blown away by some huge palate walloping beer like a DIPA or BBA Stout. The concept calls for an American Rye Ale 6% ABV and about 40 IBU, with additions of select hops, blue spruce tips, and juniper berries used to contribute restrained yet decidedly piney/resinous characters. Balanced and approachable enough to invite a second pint.

This is all a well informed brewer - knowing their overall brewhouse efficiency and brewing calculations - should need to duplicate the recipe brewed at Phantom. Duplicating the recipe will get you close, but process, water chemistry, and all the other factors will effect the final beer. All measurements are in American units to simplify for US homebrewers.

Mash:
US 2-Row Pale 73%
US Malted Rye 13%
Flaked Rye 9%
Vienna Malt 5%

Mash schedule:
1.25 quarts water per pound of grain
Protein Rest 122F 20 min
Saccharification 150F 50 min
Mash out and sparge

Boil:
US Magnum 60 min for 22 IBUs
Chinook 30 min for 8 IBUs
Opal 10 min for 5 IBUs
Chinook 10 min for 4 IBUs

Herb addition at 5 min:
Blue Spruce tips at 0.042 ounces per pound of grain
Juniper Berries at 0.016 ounces per pound of grain

Fermentation:
Appropriate pitch of WLP001 California Ale Yeast from White Labs, or a trusted West Coast Ale strain
67F until you get to 75% of calculated total attennuation
Let temp rise to 72F max for 4 days
Reduce to 67F and finish

Dry hop at 2 days before cold crash and packaging:
Blue Spruce tips at 0.042 ounces per pound of grain
Juniper Berries at 0.032 ounces per pound of grain
Chinook at same weight as total Chinook added to boil

Try it. Let us know how it turns out. If you're a commercial brewery - please let us know and credit Beancurdturtle Brewing LLC.

Cheers!
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