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Old 03-13-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Who has the best / strongest barley wine recipe???

I'm looking for one to bottle and age for a couple of years.

Recently cracked open a bottle of barley wine made from a kit I bought at the lhbs four years ago and it was amazing.

Looking for ideas on other stronger recipes.

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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how strong do you want it? 10%, 12%? What did your current recipe end up at?

Most really big extract brews finish with high gravity (sweet) due to a percentage of unfermentable sugar in the extract. If you go past 10% with extract, it is really hard to get the FG below 1.020. Beer that finishes higher than that is usually overly sweet. Give us a little more information, and we can better help decide what the best recipe adjustments might be.

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:11 AM   #3
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This is what I could find on the kit I used. To be honest it was not at all good until it aged but,... as a four year old relic is truly was.
As you can see it is a little weak for something called barley wine.
I would like to see a min. 14%

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(Makes 5 gallons) Barleywine - made from barley but can be aged like wine. Our Barleywine has a beautiful copper color, voluptous body, and inviting smells of malt and hops. But don't let the good looks catch you off guard. This is a powerful beer with a bitter, yet balanced bite. Recipe includes 12 lbs of malt extract with Caravienne and Caramunich malts for steeping. Huge flavor with a good balance between malt and hops. This will age gracefully for years. Not for everyone, but those who like Barley Wines love this recipe.

Estimated Original Gravity:1.078-82
SRM (Color Range: 16
IBU's: 82-86 Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 7.8%

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:26 AM   #4
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Do you have an oxygen set up? 10%+ without an oxygen set up is going to be a real issue.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:48 AM   #5
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I do now.
What I don't have is a new recipe that will get the digits up.

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:00 AM   #6
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A single google search for high abv barley wine recipe was all you needed.

1) Convert to extract then add sugar if you want to up your abv:
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/jamils-old-monster
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/priv...ve-barley-wine
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/olde-gnarwhal
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/big-ass-bass-beat

...or

2) plug into BeerSmith and scale up to 5 gal and/or add some sugar to up your abv if you want:
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/iron-glove-barlywine
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/whale-piss
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/patience-is-a-virtue

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Old 03-14-2013, 01:36 PM   #7
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I was thinking about making a barley wine soon. For yeast I would get a normal yeast, your pick, then after it has slowed down after 4-5 days, to add 1099 super high gravity yeast. I used this in my first RIS at 12%, no problem. I don't have an oxygen or anything. For my second imperial stout I used 1056 American ale yeast, and that's about 13%, it's tolerance is 11% so I'm not sure how it made it up that high, but I'm glad it did. Anything higher and I would have added the 1099. A barley wine I make will be at least 15%. That's the route I would go. As for recipes, I'd look in the recipe section.

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Old 03-15-2013, 04:12 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bds3 View Post
A single google search for high abv barley wine recipe was all you needed.

1) Convert to extract then add sugar if you want to up your abv:
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/jamils-old-monster
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/priv...ve-barley-wine
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/olde-gnarwhal
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/big-ass-bass-beat

...or

2) plug into BeerSmith and scale up to 5 gal and/or add some sugar to up your abv if you want:
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/iron-glove-barlywine
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/whale-piss
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/patience-is-a-virtue
Thanks bds3,
Checked out all of them and only one is an extract but it looked very interesting.
I'm thinking I might just try it.
The others might just be above my skill level. Also saw a couple others online that appeared interesting but I'm not into the super hoppy beers like the IPA's. When they start talking about three or four different hops and also on top of that dry hopping it scares me away.

On a different note I have 10 gals. of porter carbonating in two kegs and an amazing Belgian saison already on tap so for now I'm drinking some bds beer.

Thanks,

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The last 3 are all extract with steeping grains, if I remember my post correctly. The first 4 are AG, butyou can easily convert to extract by converting the base grain (2-row, etc), to your light extract of choice. The keep the specialty grains as steeping grains.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:55 AM   #10
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I think I have found my answer. It isn't a barley wine at all !
Please check out Eisbock Clone thread and feel free to comment.
I need all the advise I can get.

Dean.

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