DetailsAs the strongest of British Ales, Barleywines are worth the 9 - 12 month wait. The old saying "enjoy in moderation" should be taken literally when drinking this potent brew. It packs a wallop.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lb. Gold liquid malt extract, 6 lb. Amber liquid malt extract, 8 oz. Carapils, 8 oz. Caramel 40L specialty grain, 1.5 oz. Chinook, 1 oz. Centennial, 2 oz. Cascade hops, yeast, priming sugar, and a grain bag.
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4.9 / 5.033 ReviewsAnnual beerWe have brewed this beer at least 4 times now and are never disappointed with the outcome.
It is our Anniversary Ale we have brewed every year since getting married.April 12, 2018Purchased
7 months agoLet it age. (If you can)Just opened a bottle of December 2007._x000D_I think I have a few bottles left, no you can't come over._x000D_Make this, and hide it. It's good stuff.November 5, 2010Outstanding!I made this two years ago and just drank the last bottle. I left it in the primary for four weeks,then in the secondary for seven months. I let it age in the bottle for one month before trying it. It became my favorite on the spot. After more than a year in the bottle it has an almost brandy-like taste.I can't afford to make this my everyday beer but I do make it once a year as a birthday present to myself.August 14, 20124 months is plenty for a silky, smooth high ABV "Barley Wine"I have brewed 200 or so kits so far. The term Barley Wine confused me, so I avoided those. Last March, I decided to brew 2 "Barley Wines". They are essentially high ABV IPA kits (maybe high ABV brown ale kits). Either way, I did 2 barley wines and gave them 4 months from brew day to tapped in the keg. The Bigfoot brew is a delicious HIGH ABV hoppy, brown ale to me. It is so smooth after 4 months, I'm not sure what you gain by longer aging. I found this version somewhat more silky and less hoppy than the other Barleywine kit, but I love them both. Just Brew It.September 9, 2016Love this kitThis is the only Barleywine extract kit I have made and it turned out wonderful. It is a big beer so I recommend a blow off tube for sure. I really like the malt/hops balance going on here. Typically, I like to bulk age in a secondary for 2-3 months before bottling/kegging and then try to keep my hands off it for another couple of months. "People" say you should age a barleywine for a year...to date, I have not been able to get past 9 months before consuming. I highly recommend this kit.March 11, 2010Very flavourful complex brewThis is the best of the kits I have made so far from Midwest. It really didn't become drinkable until aging for several months in the bottles. I just finished my last bottle after bottle conditioning in a dark, cool spot for about 18 months. Very smooth, a bit sweet with several layers of hops coming through. Not a great summer drinking beer, but a great special treat on cold nights.October 23, 2010BOMBASTIC !!!!!!!Stayed in secondary for 11 months then kegged it for new years eve party. What a big hit. Very strong yet so drinkable. This is what brewing is all about! Best beer ever!February 10, 2011Amazing! Got better with age.This beer was absolutely great. I aged it for 4 months in a constant temperature environment, force carbonated it, and then served it cold. It was the biggest hit at the family Thanksgiving and at New Years. Will definitely make again this year.February 24, 2011Absolutely amazing!!!I brewed this Sept 11,2010, and in the secondary until Sept 11, 2011!! Taste test last week and was amazing! 8.4% ABV!!_x000D_Have patience and enjoy!December 1, 2011Even better than its Sierra Nevada namesake!This barley wine is amazing. I brewed last September. In late January, the product was already decent enough to be the star of a ski house party. Now it's even more amazing. It has also gotten one friend back into homebrewing ("You made that from a kit?? Hot damn, kits have improved!") and another friend into homebrewing ("I want to do that!").May 11, 2012
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Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 17 answersIn the instructions it calls for 8 week secondary ferment, but on the box it says ready in 6 months. My question is, would it better to age in secondary for an additional 3 months, or should I bottle after 3 months and age 3 months in the bottle?BEST ANSWER: I brewed my 1st Bigfoot in '08. I think I left it in the secondary for 8 weeks. My biggest regret is that the majority of this was drank in the 1st year. This beer changes each year and I have two bottles left that will be enjoyed on Thanksgiving. This beer absolutely gets better every year! I really don't think the aging wether secondary or bottle will be that critical. Having patience is very critical!!!!Hi I bought this kit and it came with dry yeast but it also calls for a starter yeast I've read it's not good to use dry yeast for this can you tell what I should use to get the best resultsBEST ANSWER: You are correct that dry yeast is not good for starters. The easiest solution is to use an additional packet of the dry yeast.What kind of yeast is best for brew and should I make a starter does it come with the campaign yeast and 2stage fermentation is there dry hops
How long to carbonate in 22oz bottles
Thank you JimBEST ANSWER: Hi Jim,
The yeasts that we recommend for this beer are US-05, Wyeast 1056, and White Labs WLP001. This is a big beer, so a yeast starter would be very beneficial, or you could pitch extra packets. There are no dry-hops. It will take 1-4 weeks to carbonate in bottles, but there are many variables that could affect it. Here is the full recipe for the kit.