It’s Saturday morning. I’ve been battling IT at work and having a heck of a time trying to figure out a number of connection issues. It didn’t help that the dork who set up the new and improved system that is messing me up decided to be sick on Friday. I have trouble believing it’s legit, since he retires in about two weeks. In any case, he left me in the lurch.
Today I contemplate a big brewing day to get that all out of my mind.
The plan is as follows: bottle the ESB, and brew a barley wine using the same yeast as the ESB.
Barley wine is a strong, sweet-ish beer that often clocks in over 10%ABV. American styles have lots of hops, but in my opinion, a strong hoppy beer is a Double IPA. I’m probably missing something, and will have to read up on the styles. I’m planning a British version, which is more toasty biscuity malty with less hops, but enough to act as the required preservative.
A recent issue of Brew Your Own (BYO) magazine had a big article on Barley wine. One of the things several brewers recommended for this style is to begin with a lot of wort and boil it down for several hours. One said four hours. Given the limited capabilities of my stove, I would say I’ll begin with less wort and brew a smaller volume of beer altogether.
I’m going to try my deviant all grain brewing style once again. This time, instead of pouring 12 Lbs of grain through a strainer, I will siphon the wort off the grain after it has finished mashing. This will save me from making a false bottom or other manifold in the bottom of my cooler. It’s the only cooler I have, and I’d like to be able to use it for other things. By siphoning, no modification is required. I had planned on doing a modified Brew in a Bag method, but my bag maker has not had time to sew the bag. I’m not complaining, because she’s busy. But I want to brew, so here we go.
I am, however, still contemplating making a mash tun using the traditional methods. We’ll see. I’ve eased off brewing lately, because I have so much beer just sitting around (I can only drink so much!) so it doesn’t seem to make sense to do so much modification at this point.