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Old 11-14-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default Bi Polar Bear >30% ABV

I have recently been fascinated by our Scottish friends Brewdog and their ridiculous eisbeers....tactical nuclear penguin and sink the Bismarck both 30% ABV and above. They make this happen by freezing the beer and removing the water thus concentrating the flavors, sugars and yes alcohol content. I tested this on a few bottles of a 13% RIS that I brewed earlier this year. I removed 75% of the water and it turned out great. Awesome flavor and a nice alcohol bite. I tested the water that I removed and it had a gravity of 1.002. Of course I will be removing some of the alcohol when removing the water be the overall result is concentration. Here is the project:

Bi Polar Bear

8lbs Marris Otter
6lbs Light DME
1lbs Crystal 55L
0.7lbs Light Munich
0.5lbs Chocolate
0.3lbs Roasted Barley
0.5lbs Cane sugar

1oz Galena 60 minutes
0.5oz Brambling Cross 60 minutes
0.25oz Brambling Cross 30 minutes
0.25oz Brambling Cross 15 minutes

WLP001 Cali Ale Yeast (and a lot of it)

Brewed 11/2/12
OG 1.104
FG 1.018
Attenuation 83%
ABV 11.4%

It is now ready to start freezing. I will start in my regular freezer but as the alcohol content increases I will have to get it much colder. I have a small cooler that I will fill with dry ice when I get to the point it will no long freeze in the freezer.

Thanks for reading and I hope you will follow along. Please let me know any suggestions you might have. Thanks.

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #2
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As drinking a regular size bottle of a 30% beer would likely have consequences I found some 7oz bottles to use. I painted them because they were green and I don't like the green glass bottles. The bottom part that looks like sand is a textured spray paint from lowes. Enjoy!

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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The freezing is going well. Removed half of the water so far. You can really smell the alcohol! Taste is good but strong.

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:08 AM   #4
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I like the bottle art.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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amazing bottle art

i've never done anything like this, but i think if i did with a beer this big, i would let it ferment and condition a good bit more than two weeks

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:27 PM   #6
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Yeah, so true. I wish I would have let it sit longer before the freezing process. Although there was no activity in the airlock fir a number of days with stable gravity. Brewdog ages this beer in oak barrels for 15months before freezing. I will be adding some dark oak chips after the freezing before I bottle.

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:54 PM   #7
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Very intersesting thread, I am very curious how this turns out. Subscribed

Bottles look great.

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Old 11-17-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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Ok the freezing is done!! There is only one gallon left after removing a little over five gallons of water. The gravity is now up to 1.050. Thick I know, but this is a one to sip with a cigar not one that you would guzzle. I have some dark oak chips soaking in it right now.

Hard to tell what the Final ABV actually is. I will work in trying to figure that out. If any of you math gurus want to take a whack at it go right ahead. I started with 5 gallons of 11.5% and took off 4 gallons of mostly water. You can definitely smell the alcohol and a quick taste warmed the back of the throat like a nice brandy.

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:03 PM   #9
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Not to be a party pooper but freezing is a form of distilling which is frowned upon here. However, I am going to try this recipe!

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Not to be a party pooper but freezing is a form of distilling which is frowned upon here. However, I am going to try this recipe!
Freeze concentration is completely legal.

Please watch this video:

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