Barleywines are complex beers to begin with but adding a dose of Dark Toast Oak Chips soaked in Bourbon for 2-3 weeks into the secondary fermenter can create an incredibly premium beer. As you age this beer I recommend using a sanitized Wine Thief to snag a sample each week to find your sweet spot with the beer prior to bottling/kegging.
Barleywine is akin to a fine spirit, best enjoyed alone so as to focus on the aroma and flavor of each sip. If you are hungry pair it with some fine cheeses or rich chocolate truffles so that you can enjoy in small bites allowing the food to enhance the beer experience.
- SRM: 12.3
- 60 Minute Boil
Malts & Specialty Grains- 5 lb. Amber Malt Extract- 1 lb. Oak Smoked Wheat
Hops- 1/2 oz. Magnum- 3/4 oz. Kent Goldings
Yeast Choices:- Safale S-04- Windsor Ale Yeast- White Labs English Ale Yeast (WLP002)- Wyeast London Ale Yeast (1028)Other- 2 oz. Priming Sugar- Mesh Grain Bag