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Barleywine (all grain)

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Barleywine (all grain)

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Beer Style: American Barleywine  (19C)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

American Barleywine


Here's a BW I made recently. It hasn't been entered in competition because I think it's still too young, but friends who tasted it think it's pretty good. This is my third or fourth try at this style with this basic method. I haven't decided yet whether I like this one better than the previous effort, but it's close, anyway.

Final result has medium-low carbonation and a complex malt-hops nose. The malty sweetness is balanced by the agressive hopping level, and high hop flavor.

You could probably pump up the gravity of this another 8-10 points (and thus the alcohol by another 1% or so) by adding a pound of sugar, with no deleterious flavor effects.


  • 10lbs DWC(DeWolf-Cosyns Belgian) Pilsener malt
  • 8 lbs DWC Pale malt
  • 1.5lbs DWC CaraVienne malt
  • 0.1lbs Roasted Barley
  • 0.5lbs DWC (Belgian) Munich malt
  • 2 oz Northern Brewer pellets (9%) 60 min
  • 1 oz BC Kent Goldings plugs (5%) 30 min
  • 1/2oz BC Kent Goldings plug (5%) 15 min
  • 1/2oz BC Kent Goldings plug (5%) 5 min
  • 1/2oz Fuggles plug (4.3%) 5 min
  • London ale yeast

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Mash schedule:
Mash-in with 10qts @ 42C for a strike temp of 39C
20 minute beta-glucan rest
Add 10 qts at 100C (boiling) to raise to 62C (aiming for 60C),
30 min. beta-amylase rest
Add 6 quarts @ 100C to raise to 67C (aiming for 70C)
1:15 alpha-amylase rest

Take first runnings (drain all liquid from mash tun without adding any further sparge water(*)) to get about 4-4.5 gallons @ 1.080. Boiling down to 3 gallons will give an OG of 1.105 - 1.120.

Whirlpool, let settle for 15 minutes and siphon through counterflow chiller with aerating cane on end.

Pitch yeast slurry from a previous batch of Mild (probably YeastLab London Ale (it's a long story)). (By the way, this is my favorite way to pitch *enough* yeast for a barleywine.) Fermentation was active in 2 hours. Primary was about 2 months @ 65-70F, and dropped from 1.105 to 1.038.

Rack into secondary and add 1 oz of EKG plugs for dry hopping.

Bottle about 1 month later. Added new yeast, but no priming sugar.

(*) You can (I did) add more hot water to the remaining mash, and sparge out about 7 gallons more wort to make a Bitter at about 1.045.