All Grain Number 8: Warp Spasm Barley Wine

April 23, 2012

I did this brew a two weeks ago but wanted to know the final gravity before I posted.  The brew day was pretty hectic as I was installing a sattelite dish at the same time (French TV is good for picking up the language, but is quite poor really) so there are no pictures!  I thought I’d try my hand at a Barley Wine to cellar for Christmas time so I basically beefed up the Fullers 1845 recipe from last time, added a bit of sugar and hoped that a 2 hour boil would reduce the volume enough to get a 1090 OG.  I mashed in at 66 degrees C for 90mins looking for a highly fermentable wort.

5114g Pale Malt
162g Crystal 320 EBC
162g Amber Malt 100 EBC
162g Munich Malt
410g Sugar
First Gold 7.25% AA @ 60 mins 42g
First Gold 7.25% AA @ 15 mins 14g
First Gold 7.25% AA @ 0 mins 14g
Pre-boil Volume: 26 Litres
Final Volume: 18 Litres
Original Gravity: 1080
Final Gravity: 1010
Yeast: Nottingham
Alcohol Content: 9.2% ABV

Things didn’t exactly go to plan though.  I seriously underestimated the evaporation rate and ended up with more beer at OG 1080, which I guess should still pack quite a punch at Yuletide.  Also my hop filter stuck which is surprising as I used less hops than the last brew; perhaps due to an increased hot/cold break?  I pitched 15g of Nottingham and slowly raised the fermentation temp from 18 through 21 degrees C.  After 2 weeks the FG is 1010, which works out at around 9.2% ABV with 88% attenuation!

The name for the brew came from the comic 2000AD’s Slaine character.  I’ve recently renewed my subscription to the comic  after a 15 year hiatus and it’s better than ever!  Hopefully this brew will be potent and tasty enough to inspire Slaine mac Roth himself into a berserker rage.


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