Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine Tap Handle

Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine Tap Handle

I’m a couple weeks overdue brewing this year’s barley wine.  Last year, I brewed a barley wine on Valentines Day (nothing says, “I love you”,  like barley wine:) and it turned out really nice.  It came in at 13.8% ABV, a bit big for a barley wine, and tasted wonderful after aging.  The nice sherry tastes came out after about nine months of resting.  This year, I’m staying true to the same recipe, minus some Cascade hops for flavoring (can you imaging any decent brewer not having some Cascades on hand – I’m so embarrassed! – I do have some on order from Hops Direct:), and I’m brewing pretty much the same ale.

My longest buddy ever, Eric, will be coming in on Amtrak Saturday morning (and joining us for a Stockton Thunder Hockey game that evening:) and brewing with me.  Hopefully both Stephen and Brad will stop by for moral support (and an ale or two:).  Here’s the recipe – only slightly altered from last year:

Mark’s Bigfoot
19-C American Barleywine
Author: Mark Ranes
Date: 2/14/08

Size: 5.28 gal
Efficiency: 70.0%
Attenuation: 70.0%
Calories: 535.29 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.156 (1.080 – 1.120)
Terminal Gravity: 1.047 (1.016 – 1.030)
Color: 18.64 (10.0 – 19.0)
Alcohol: 14.8% (8.0% – 12.0%)
Bitterness: 142.5 (50.0 – 120.0)

1.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
10.0 lb Pale Ale Malt(2-row)
10.0 lb Maris Otter
0.5 lb Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
0.5 lb Crystal 60
0.5 lb Pale Chocolate Malt
6.0 lb Ultralight Extract (MoreBeer)
2.0 lb Corn Sugar
1.25 oz Summit (17.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
0.75 oz Nugget (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
2.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2.0 oz Summit (17.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2.0 oz Nugget (13.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2000 Starter with 2 vials White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity Ale
and 1 vial White Labs WLP002 English Ale

I’ll be mashing in about 9:30 a.m.  Additionally, I’ll be lucky to hit the numbers outlined above.  My best guess is that the barley wine will come in at about 13% ABV.

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One Response to Time For This Year’s Barley Wine

  1. Mark Ranes says:

    The barley wine came in at OG 1.103, and with the huge starter I made, it was chugging along nicely, already blowing off when we got home from last evening’s hockey game. Hopefully this barley wine is easier to finish off than the one I brewed last Valentines Day. Last year I had to coax the barley wine to finish with extra yeast, some heat and lots of swirling of the carboy. Eventually it did turn into a wonderful barley wine, so it was worth all the work:)

    The brew day was uneventful, except for great company and a couple awesome beers I’ve been wanting to try. Eric brought down a Lagunitas Farmhouse Hop Stoopid IPA and a Scottish Skull Splitter. The Hop Stoopid is an assault of hops – and tastes very much like my recent Simcoe IPA, so I’m assuming that the primary hop in the Hop Stoopid is incredibly stoopid amounts of Simcoes. I still have an additional Hop Stoopid in the kegerator, compliments of Wade. The Skull Splitter was a fabulous wee heavy, a malt bomb, that was a nice change after the resinous Hop Stoopid. Stephen brought an Oggie’s Torrey Pines IPA that was a nicely balanced IPA with a pleasant citrusy profile.

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