I capped the mash with a half pound of special b and a quarter pound of carafa II.
The first runnings went well, got about 5.5 gallons of 1.116 after adding 1.5 lbs of demerera to the boil. Pitched it a cake of US-05, and it was blowing off in less than 2 hours. Solid, crazy, violent fermentation.
Small beer came out kind of ****ty. The mash stuck like a son of a bitch. After about 45 minutes of stirring, I had only gotten about 3.5 gallons of 1.050sh out before the braid in my MLT tore and the mash just completely stuck up. It was almost midnight at this point, so I just topped the kettle off to 6 gallons, added a pound and a half of sage honey and started the boil. Got 5 gallons of 1.038, first-wort (second wort?) hopped with 2oz perle. Pitched WL565 at 1:20am, no starter. Krausen by morning. May add some DME to the fermentor in a few days, depending on how I feel.
Long, long day. My advice is to think long and hard about starting a partigyle after lunchtime. Set your alarm and start the strike water at 6am.
Also, making a barleywine-strength beer with a 6.25 gallon brew kettle is a pain in the ass like nothing I've experienced, and a flat out impossibility without foam control drops. My girlfriend manned the stove inside, with 2/3 of a gallon on each burner for about 45 minutes to an hour.