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Old 02-23-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

So, this past summer I was in Kentucky and had some Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (see this site: http://www.kentuckyale.com). This is the best Ale I have ever had... unfortunately you cannot get it outside of Kentucky! Has anyone ever had this and if so, do you know of any home brew clones out there? I need this stuff again!
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:02 AM   #2
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...act-kit-1.html

Might be close.
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Nah the porter probably won't be too close..about the only thing they would really have in common is bourbon flavoring with bourbon infused oak. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is just regular Kentucky Ale (which is described by the brewer as a combination of an English Pale and an Irish Red) aged in various bourbon barrels (the last time i heard it was Woodford Reserve). The regular ale is pretty mild in flavor and almost no hop character. Recently though it has been tasting cloyingly sweet and a bit yeasty/funky...I dunno what's up with it, might have something to do with the fact they fired the master brewer there (the one who came up with the bourbon barrel ale and the Kentucky Ale Light) and started to focus on making bourbon instead of beer. Altec brewing company in Lexington KY ages their Kentucky Ale in bourbon barrels for 6 weeks (i think that is what the guy said on the tour a few years ago). I really love the beer, but a lot of people claim it has way too much bourbon character and tastes kinda like a boilermaker..

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I'm going to try and come up with something that will taste similar to this brew... do you have any idea how much oak chips soaked in bourbon I should try using? I have no experience with this type of thing at all thanks.
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Ya it is a very good beer, we go down to Lexington, KY. every year and I usually bring back 2 cases of beer that I can't get here and 1 of them is the Kentucky bourbon barrel ale.
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I tried a beer by Weyerbacher the other day called "Heresy" its an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, the bourbon really came through. I didnt particularly care for it but if you like Bourbon you might.
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I've been on the Lexington Brewing Co tour before and they said that Bourbon Barrel Ale is simply their Kentucky Ale (English pale ale/Irish red hybrid) aged in once-used bourbon barrels for 4-6 weeks. So you're basically looking for a recipe for Kentucky Ale. All I know is that it includes imported malts and a little bit of wheat.
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I like to use cubes and age for a longer period. I soak them until they no longer soak any bourbon. I use 3 oz of cubes and secondary for 6-8 weeks depending on base beer.
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earwig-

you ever end up trying to make this? i'm up in ohio and we're the only other state this is sold in besides kentucky. i found it to be a really interesting beer. i'd be curious to know how yours turned out if you gave it a try.
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I just attempted to make this beer by first creating a Kentucky Ale clone. It's only been in the bottle for a week but I changed the recipe a bit:

BeerSmith Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Bollocks ESB v2
Brewer: Michael
Asst Brewer:
Style: Extra Special Bitter
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.25 gal
Boil Size: 7.25 gal
Estimated OG: 1.053 SG
Estimated Color: 10.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 36.2 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
8.50 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 85.00 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 5.00 %
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 16.3 IBU
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.20 %] (Dry Hop 12 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.20 %] (45 min) Hops 14.0 IBU
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.20 %] (30 min) Hops 5.9 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1.05 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs British Ale (Wyeast Labs #1098) [Starter 4Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 10.00 lb
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Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 13.20 qt of water at 167.6 F 153.0 F
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After two weeks in primary I racked about 2 gallons into a Mr Beer keg with 1.5oz. of American oak chips that had been soaking in 200 mL of Maker's Mark for 4 weeks. I kept tasting and adjusting as the days passed and ended up using 3 ounces of oak chips and 8.5 ounces of bourbon total to make a Bourbon Barrel Clone. I think that was too much oak but I will post here in a couple of weeks to report how it turned out.
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