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Old 06-05-2011, 07:48 PM   #1
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OK, so heres my idea. I was thinking of making some kind of barleywine style beer somewhere in the "amber" spectrum and once its fermented out, adding some kind of alcohol to boost the abv, but also help keep it smooth. I was thinking some sort of high end sipping whiskey or rum. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on the idea? feel free to tell me this is just a stupid idea too. (i randomly thought of this while laying in bed one day.)

and also i plan on bottling this out of my keg so i can have a very small, yet noticable amount of carbonation in the beverage. I was thinking just over 1 volume.

p.s. i would like this to something that i pour over ice and am able to sip on like i nice whiskey (but still be drinking beer).

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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An interesting idea, but frankly I'd think any amount that would make a notable increase in abv would overtake the beer flavor pretty quick.

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I think this sounds great. I would go with an intense Scotch like the 12 year Laphroaig with a lot of peat smoke and spice. A smoky, super-high abv barleywine would definitely be something different.

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I think this sounds great. I would go with an intense Scotch like the 12 year Laphroaig with a lot of peat smoke and spice. A smoky, super-high abv barleywine would definitely be something different.
It would just taste like scotch then.
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I dunno, would have to experiment. A fifth or two in five gallons shouldn't be that overpowering unless it's a really wimpy barleywine. I guess you could get the same flavors by using some peat smoked malt, throwing some toasted oak in the secondary, and boosting the abv with neutral spirits. This way you can control the oak and smoke balance without having to experiment with several recipes.

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Why not just make a super high gravity beer? Ferment with a turbo yeast to get everything out of it. Did this with a Triple Bock used three types of yeast last being a turbo up to 23% at that point it wouldn't carbonate. Strong like a brandy, was good cold, never tried it on ice...........my .02

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An interesting idea, but frankly I'd think any amount that would make a notable increase in abv would overtake the beer flavor pretty quick.
Allagash curieux is the tripel aged in bourbon barrels and gets about a 2% abv boost from the bourbon, along with some color. It's the same effect as just adding bourbon. At least that's what the rep told me.
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You mean like a bourbon stout?!? It's not like it's all that rare....

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Why not just make a super high gravity beer? Ferment with a turbo yeast to get everything out of it.
Definitely don't use turbo yeast to start the fermentation. In fact, I wouldn't use it at all - it produces some pretty nasty stuff.
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Thanks for the input everyone, i may just try the smoked peat moss and oak idea to get some of the flavors i want. Like i said, i just thought of the idea while laying in bed.

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