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Big Barleywine

Posted by ebrius on October 10, 2008

I’ve been toying with making a barley wine for some time now. The main thing that has been holding me back is that I will need to either put aside one of my carboys for at least 3 months, or get a new one. One thing I am thinking of doing is getting a small oak cask and using that as a secondary, the only problem with that is they run about $100 for the size I would want. But anyway, here is the recipe I’ve crafted so far, if the numbers don’t make much sense, that is because its going to be 3.5ish gallon batch and not the normal 5 gallons.

5lb   Wheat Dry Malt Extract
5lb   Light Dry Malt Extract

.5lb  Crystal 120L
.5lb  CaraPils
.25lb Honey Malt
.25lb Crystal 220L (Special B)

1oz   Columbus        @ 60
.5oz  Northern Brewer @ 30
1oz   Kent Goldings   @ DH
.5oz  Northern Brewer @ DH

Wyeast Trappist High Gravity 3787 or
White Labs Super High Gravity WLP099
White Labs California Ale WLP001 or
White Labs Dry English Ale WLP007

Priming Sugar:

OG:  1.134
FG:  1.038
ABV: ~12.5%
IBU: ~80
SRM: 19

I’m looking for some advice on this beer, mainly from anyone who has aged in oak. Was it worth it? Would an unused oak case add too much ‘oakiness’ to the beer?


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