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Old 06-08-2009, 01:01 AM   #1
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Just finished a 5 gal barley wine. Had a great OG (1.092) I've never brewed one and was just wondering where you guys age your BW's. Do you leave it in primary? Secondary? Chill and leave in the fridge? Thanks a lot!


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Old 06-08-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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I'm here looking for answers....I'd like to do a barleywine and put it away a long while, and I've got a glass carboy waiting for it. I imagine I'd just leave it in the primary until it's acceptably attenuated, then put it into the secondary and forget about it for 6 months.


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Old 06-08-2009, 01:54 AM   #3
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I plan to brew my first B.W. this week or next. My intentions are to let it sit in the primary for 3-4 weeks then rack to a secondary (don't usually) and bulk age it . Ideally I would like to find a 10 or 20 liter oak cask and age it in that.
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I am also interested in the answer to this question.
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:38 AM   #5
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I would personally leave it in the primary for about a month then rack it to secondary and let it age for 6 months or longer. This is what I'm doing with the barleywine I recently brewed.
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I'd either age in the secondary for a few months, then bottle. Or, if you are a kegger you could use the keg as a secondary and age it in there.
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I brewed up a 10 gallon batch back in February. I primaried mine for 6 weeks, now it's in secondary...one in a 5g carboy, one in a corny keg. I plan to let them sit for at least until October (10 months from brew date). I will soak some oak chips in bourbon and then toss that into the keg, then carb and serve. The 5g in the carboy is just going to be bottled, unless I can convince a friend to go in on a small oak cask for it to age another 6 months in.
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I had mine in the primary for two weeks and then racked it to a secondary I left in a dark corner in an unheated basement room for seven months prior to bottling. It's been in the refrigerator for the past couple of months.
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Just finished a 5 gal barley wine. Had a great OG (1.092) I've never brewed one and was just wondering where you guys age your BW's. Do you leave it in primary? Secondary? Chill and leave in the fridge? Thanks a lot!
It all depends on your situation; If you have the space and temperature controls to keep it in your "secondary" to smooth out then I would do that; if you are space limited and need to brew more you could keg it and put it in your keezer - but that will just elongate the time needed for it to achieve greatness (things go slower in the cold) or you could keg and leave it at room temperature if your room is no hotter than 75F or so....

With an OG of 1.092 it will taste horrid at first but over time will mellow into a delicious treat.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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I've had mine in a secondary for the past few months. Just keep adding vodka to the airlock now and then. Just about time to bottle (I need the carboy...)


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