Blitzkrieg Barleywine

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  1. Grumblebunny

    Grumblebunny New Member

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    Hello,

    I've been brewing extract for around 20 years. I've tried recipes of my own creation, which worked out really nicely. But I've always lacked the confidence to brew something really big.

    I was out of brewing for a while but now I'm back in. I'm still strictly an extract brewer. I know the real hardcore folks out there are all grain but extract works for me.

    To overcome my fear of high gravity I'm thinking of making a barleywine. I have a recipe here http://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/174579/blitzkrieg-barleywine. It's an English style barleywine with some hint of German influence. I think everything will mesh nicely. The calculator says it matches the style but, given the bill for fermentables, I'd like to know what experienced brewer's think before I start writing checks for ingredients.

    Many thanks in advance for your insight and experience. I really appreciate the input.
     
  2. The Brew Mentor

    The Brew Mentor Well-Known Member

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    14 ounces is a lot of hops in a 5 gallon batch.
    Have you considered an higher AA German hop for your bittering addition?
    Brian
     
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    I have a extract Barleywine recipe I have made a couple times:

    http://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/r ... barleywine

    I didn't have any problem getting to 10% alcohol, but you have to pitch a lot of yeast: at least 1M cells / mL / deg Plato. For the last batch I did, I made a 4L starter on a stir plate. I don't think the pitch rate you have in the recipe will get you there.

    I also agree with TBM, a higher AA bittering hop will be easier (and cheaper). 1 - 2 ounces of Magnum will get you the bitterness you need.
     
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    Hello,

    Thanks so much for the replies. I will definitely look into my bittering options, Brew Mentor. And I'll have a look at that other recipe, bilhelm96.

    Thanks again :)
     

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