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Old 06-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default First barley wine

My first barley wine. Brewed last night and used safale 04 for the fist time.
Took off like a rocket. o.g. 1.101

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Looks nice...
Is that a 2.5g batch? If so, you got a recipe to share.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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It was a 3 gallon batch. Long story but it was a kit that was sent to me free of charge from a online store. I had ordered the kit and after 7 days hadn't ever received an order confirmation . I phoned and asked to cancel the order and made a couple suggestions about adding an auto reply or a way to register so you could check the status.
They liked my ideas and said no problem with canceling.
Yesterday a box showed up at my door and contained the kit I wanted and a note thanking me for the suggestions. They plan to upgrade the site.
Who ever packed the kit only put in 6 lbs of L.M.E. instead of 9.
Also comes with a 1 lb mix of steeping grains but doesn't say what they are.
I converted the recipe to 3 gallons.
They also subbed the hops , so it should be interesting to see how it comes out.
That's why I named it the magical mystery barley wine.
It magically appeared on my steps , and the steeping grains are a mystery.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:49 PM   #4
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How much 04 did you pitch?
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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one 11gr package.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:42 PM   #6
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That is going to finish quite sweet with one packet of S-04.
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That is going to finish quite sweet with one packet of S-04.
What would you recommend ?
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Mr Malty Pitching Rate Calculator

You'll be fine, I think. Might not attenuate as much as you would like.
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Mr Malty Pitching Rate Calculator

You'll be fine, I think. Might not attenuate as much as you would like.
Thanks for the link. For 3 gallons 1 pack seems right by their calculations.
I've heard of people pitching 1/2 pack of champagne yeast late in the fermentation but didn't think I'd need it.
They company I got it from claims the 04 was what they used in the original recipe.
Guess time will tell , it's my first attempt so I'm open to any advice.
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Yeah, check it in two weeks and see what the gravity is. Time will tell.
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