Tuesday, February 10, 2009

First Taste of 999 Barleywine

Decided to check the SG of the Barleywine tonight.

First off, let me just say that using a bucket when the fermentation blows out the side sucks. The sweet beer decided to congeal and create the most difficult seal to break that I have ever seen. It took me ~10 minutes to pry an opening at the top of the bucket.

On to the beer...

The gravity was down to 1.022, giving me a current ABV of 9.8%. Sipping on the sample was surprisingly nice, considering the age of the brew (9 days). The brew isn't harsh, not particularly boozy, and a pleasant malt flavor.

I think this is going to be a VERY good brew, especially once I oak and dry-hop it.


  1. Chris, this sounds like it'll be amazing, and definitely a muscle-builder, what with your having to pry off that stuck lid. : ) I have to ask you about the "spent-grain" chocolate chip cookies you mention in your last post, too. We've just made our first all-grain brew (oneblockdiet.sunset.com) and have what looks like pounds of wet grain left over. I'd like to bake with it, as you suggested in a comment a few weeks ago on our site. Specifically, make bread. I figure I'll just dry out the grain and grind it, right? Any other tips? Much obliged.

    Margo True

  2. I'm not really sure how people use it to bake bread, i've always wondered that as well. I might have to do some research on it and see, since I want to start baking more bread and it would be a good use of the grain.