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Barley Wine, 2008 Recipe

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

I will brew Barley Wine every spring so it is ready by winter. Next time I will try using champagne yeast a few days into the primary fermentation to get the final gravity down. Extra hops would help give it a more awesome bitter flavor. A full wort boil would also get the utilization of the hops higher. I created the IBU calculator on this site after I brewed this batch, had I checked it I would have known to add more hops. This is an expensive batch of beer and it takes a long time to ferment and age in the bottle, but it is worth waiting for. It is not a beer you can drink a lot of in one setting. It is more of a beer you drink from a snifter to finish off the night.

Target Volume (Gallons) 6      
Total Cost $62.55
 
   
Yield (ounces) 712      
Cost per 12 oz bottle $1.05      
Boil Time 90 min    
         
GRAINS  Pounds  Points/Gal  Total Points  Cost 
Light LME 16.7 37 617.9 $32.57
Honey, stonewood hallelujah 0.05 35 1.75 $0.00
Dark DME 1 45 45 $3.85
Steep – 40 min at 150 F         
Crystal 20 1 28 28 $1.00
Crystal 80 1 28 28 $1.00
Chocolate 0.25 28 7 $0.25
Special B 0.25 28 7 $0.45
         
HOPS  Ounces  Alpha Acids Boil Time (min)  Cost 
Domestic Magnum 2 14.90% 90 $4.00
Amarillo 1 9.60% 60 $4.00
Amarillo 1 9.60% 10  
Centennial 2 9.30% 10 $4.50
Yamhill Goldings 1   dry hop secondary $2.00
         

 
       
YEAST  White Labs California Ale     Cost 
Attenuation Low 73%     $6.58
Attenuation High 80%      
Optimum Temp 68-73 F      
Flocculation Medium      
Starter No      
         
STATS         
Expected Original Gravity 1.122       
Expected Final Gravity 1.024 – 1.03      
IBUs 52.31      
Apparent Attenuation 68.18% AA = 1 – FG / OG    
Alcohol By Volume – Theoretical 11.48%      
Alcohol By Volume – Potential 9.84%      
         
BREWING:  Squeezed out hops bags thoroughly      
  ½ tbs Irish Moss at start of boil     $0.10
         
Water Source Wort Pure water filter – 3 gallon boil      
Water Source Dilution Pure water filter      
         
DATES  Date SG Cum. Days Notes
Brewed 05/08/08 1.110 0   
Racked 05/19/08 1.050 11 Smelled honey in the yeast, yummy
Dry Hopped 05/26/08 1.038 18 1 oz Yamhill Goldings, loose
SG Sample 05/28/08 1.038 20 Lots of yeast particles floating still
Racked II 06/01/08 1.036 24 Tastes great! still a bit syrupy, excellent complex bitter finish
Bottled (SG pre bottling) 06/07/08 1.035  30  
   
 
   
OK TO DRINK BY (180 days): 11/04/08       
         
         
BOTTLING         
Priming Method 6.5 oz Corn Syrup     $0.50
Caps, cleaners, etc
 
    $1.75
 
 
     
Container  Capacity  Qty  Total Volume   
Bottle 12 54 648  
Jug 64 1 64  
    Total Bottled:  712   
         
         
         
TASTING  Date Days    
  06/22/08 45 No carbonation or head, excellent malty flavor, not as bitter as I would like, the goldings really comes out and the spices from the Amarillo hops are nice.
  08/15/08 99 Not as bitter as before, chocolaty and a little sweet rich malty flavor.  
      Creamy in the mouth, with a complex hop finish.  
         
         

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