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Old 12-14-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I am planning to brew my first very own barley wine recipe in a couple weeks and not going to tap it until 11:59 PM NEXT New Year's Eve . Please check out my recipe and let me know what you think. Thanks!



Style: American Barley Wine
Type: All-Grain
Batch Size: 5.5 Gallons
Boil Size: 6.5 Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.114
Final Gravity: 1.030
ABV: 10.8%
Yeast WLP 001- California Ale
Yeast Starter: Yes
Estimated Color: 66 HCU (∼26 SRM)
Primary Fermentation: 1 month
Secondary Fermentation: 3 months
Bulk Age in Keg: 8 months
Estimated IBU: 137
Efficiency: 70%
Boil Time: 60 min.

Ingredients:

22 lb. American 2-row
1 lb. American crystal 80L
1 lb. Belgian Special B
8 oz. American victory

3 oz. Columbus (12% AA) 60 min.
3 oz. Nugget (12% AA) 30 min.
2 oz. Fuggles (4.75% AA) 15 min.
.5 oz. Fuggles (4.75% AA) 5 min.
.5 oz. Fuggles (4.75% AA) 0 min.
3 oz. Columbus (12% AA) Dry-hop
1 oz. Oak Chips -- Dry-hop

Mash Schedule:

Mash: 7.5 gallons for 60 min. @ 151 F
Batch Sparge: 2 gallons for 5 min. @ 170 F


Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 12-14-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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Good looking recipe, although I might back down on the C80 and Spec B (you'll have plenty of body/sweetness from the high OG). If you want to have the hop aromatics I would hold off on the dry hops until next December, then just toss them in a bag and into the keg. Good luck.

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alright thanks man! I will tone down the c80 and special b.

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If you're worried about the color loss from scaling back the dark malts, just go with a long boil, 2.5 hours+

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That's a good idea but my boil kettle isn't big enough to result in 5.5 gallons after a 2.5 hour boil. What I think I am going to do is scratch the 1 lb. of crystal 80 and replace it with 8 oz. of crystal 120 and scale down the special B to 8 oz . Hopefully that will still preserve a dark color and still give me some sweetness and body.

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You can steal a move from Hair of the Dog, they boil down past the volume they are aiming for then top off. The concentrated boil gives more melanoidin production and a darker color. It worked well for me on a clone I did of their Adam.

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You can steal a move from Hair of the Dog, they boil down past the volume they are aiming for then top off. The concentrated boil gives more melanoidin production and a darker color. It worked well for me on a clone I did of their Adam.
hmmm. I've never heard of anyone toping off in AG brewing before. I might have to try this on a small scale, like a 3 gallon batch. That must kill your OG though.
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hmmm. I've never heard of anyone toping off in AG brewing before. I might have to try this on a small scale, like a 3 gallon batch. That must kill your OG though.
You're just bringing the volume back to where it would have been had you boiled for a shorter period, so the OG should be the same as planned (I think that's correct).
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You're just bringing the volume back to where it would have been had you boiled for a shorter period, so the OG should be the same as planned (I think that's correct).
It depends on your boil/setup. I collected a normal amount of wort and did a really long (3.5 hour) boil. If you collect less wort that usual you are sparging with less and will get lower efficiency as a result. You are correct that it won't affect your efficiency compared to a shorter boil in and of itself.
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There's always Sinamar for extra color. I recently added Sinamar to a Black IPA I brewed a month or so ago, and it dropped the color down a couple notches. Turned out fantastic.

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