Originally Posted by newkarian
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Good suggestion I found this one but it only has 4oz of hops
Beer Name: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine (based on North American Clonebrews recipe)
Grains: 1 lb pale
1 lb 45L Crystal. Steeped/mashed at 150 deg. for ~ 1 hour.
Malt Extract: 6 lbs Amber LME
6 lbs Gold LME
1.5 lbs Light DME
Hops: 1 oz Nugget 12.1 %AA (90 min)
1 oz Cascade 5.4% AA (90 min)
1 oz Cascade 5.4% AA (dry hop)
1 oz Centennial 9.7% AA (dry hop)
Misc.: Aerated with pure O2 for 1 min 45 sec. Used 5 gallons of water from Cub.
Yeast: Harvested yeast from SNPA above. See this Yeast Wash page. Wyeast 1056.
Added 1 pack dry Lalvin EC-1118 champagne yeast into secondary with dry hops. Rehydrated for 15 min in 3 oz of 105 deg. water, per instructions.
03/27/04 Well, so far so good. I wanted to get up to 1.100 and I hit it right on. After 1 hour of pitching the yeast slurry, I had a bubble in the blow-off bucket. Hours later, it had some bubbles forming on the surface. About 12 hours later it had 1" krausen. So I'd say that whatever I did at least I got an adequate amount of yeast in the batch. I have high hopes for this batch.
04/11/04 Sweet, edgy taste. Alcohol warmth. Bitter finish. Not quite done fermenting, tasted yeast? Maybe from dry yeast I just added. Alcohol nose too but that is to be expected as it is so young. 9% alc so far. Happy with gravity I guess. Would love it to ferment a little more with champagne yeast I just added. Good start.
06/19/04 Readings at 65: 1.028, 3.6, 7. So it fermented a touch more. 9.4% alc. Original BW is 9.6 so close enough. I believe I used Cub water for this so with that considered, the FG is pretty decent.
Taste is very, very nice. In fact, as it stands right now it seems to be dead on with the original -- deeply bitter with a firm malt backbone. Wonderful stuff already. Don't think it will ferment any more so I'll bottle it soon.
07/22/04 Cracked first 6 oz bottle after 3 weeks of carbonating and it was carbonated. Taste was great, if a bit smoother than when bottling. At bottling time it was deeply bitter and tasted just like BFBW. Should age nicely.
01/16/05 Did a side by side with the real thing. It's actually very close. Mine has a little more hop aroma but the real one is a little cleaner and crisper in taste. Both have similar bitterness, mouthfeel, and overall impression. I'm very pleased with this recipe and how mine turned out.