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Old 05-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default 1.142 Barleywine

I have some friends and we decided to make a memorable beer to lay down for a couple years. We decided a bourbon barley wine would fit the bill.

I had read about reiterated mashing and thought that would be fun to try so we did a triple mash using all Golden Promise and a truck load of hops (mostly in the C family). The mashing took all day, but the results are crazy. I got an OG of 1.142 and the wort was a great golden color. We made 30 gallons. I fermented it cool and slow, raising the temperature near the end. It finished at 1.036.

The plan had been to brew a second batch and put it in a bourbon barrel, but I really did not want a barrel. I ended up buying a 30 gallon cornie type tank and we added a fifth of bourbon and some American oak cubes.

The yeast was a large slurry of 1056 from a local micro. I aerated with O2 inline and gave it a couple blasts of C)2 along the way to "stir" things up. It will sit for a while in the cold room and some day down the road it will all get bottled and waxed.

Anyway, that is my latest brew. I will let you know how it came out in a year or two!


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Old 05-14-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Nice! If next time you want a little more attenuation, try WLP099. I used it for my RIS (1.150 -> 1.027), however I am about to use it for a dark english style barleywine whenever I get around to it. O2 is key in beginning in big beers like this. As for waiting a year, while it might be better then, sounds like it should be great now. My RIS was awesome from the fermenter. Still is over a year later. I'm about to brew it again with some bourbon barrel staves, rather than an actual barrel or cubes. Hopefully that works out.


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Old 05-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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The idea from the beginning was to age it, but you are right, it tasty very nice at transfer. I had designed it with the hope it would get to this range and was pleased to have succeeded. I want to get the character that aging will bring.

The next brew of this nature is going to be an RIS. I haven't made one in a couple years and so I figure it is time.
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Any special occasion? Or just because it's awesome?

Sounds fantastic.
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Just because I hope it will be awesome!
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4085248 Still is over a year later. I'm about to brew it again with some bourbon barrel staves, rather than an actual barrel or cubes. Hopefully that works out.
Is there a benefit to staves over cubes, spirals, or chips?
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I'm hoping so, never tried it. I figure there would be if done right, since you are using part of an actual bourbon barrel. I plan to scrape the outer char off the inside, and sand down to the soak line. Since it's only 5 gallons, and maybe 1 stave, seems about right.

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The idea from the beginning was to age it, but you are right, it tasty very nice at transfer. I had designed it with the hope it would get to this range and was pleased to have succeeded. I want to get the character that aging will bring.

The next brew of this nature is going to be an RIS. I haven't made one in a couple years and so I figure it is time.
Awesome. Yea I am trying to save mine as long as possible. I only have one every couple months or so. Some people around here seem to think big beers like this need years to age before they are any good... If done right, they are great immediately.
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Sounds awesome. Do you think you're going to get it to carb up naturally in the bottle or will you bottle from the keg?
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I'm jealous! Sounds awesome.
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Sounds awesome. Do you think you're going to get it to carb up naturally in the bottle or will you bottle from the keg?
I will force carbonated it and bottle from the keg with a beer gun. After capping I will seal with wax and let the dust settle!


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