Thursday, June 10, 2010


Brewing: Novacaine
Features: deliciously dark Barleywine (11 .3% abv)
Price Range: $52.00

Overall Rating: Brewed On 12-Jun-2010

A fortuitous mistake by our Brewmaster resulted in this wonderful Barleywine that boasts 11% abv. At first taste, its dark malt complexity is overwhelmed by the numbing sensation that temporarily deadens your mouth. But once your palate is revived, the flavor explodes and warms you through to your toes!

1 Can West Coast Pale Ale HME
1 Can St. Patrick's Irish Stout HME
1 Can Golden Wheat UME
2 Cans Pale Export UME
2 Packets Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HMEs)
2 Packets Sterling Pellet Hops
2 Packets Northern Brewer Pellet Hops
1 Pouch Ale Liquid Yeast
2 Muslin Hop Sacks

Fermentation, Carbonation And Conditioning Times:
21 days for fermentation
21 days for carbonation
180 days minimum conditioning at 50-70F
02 days minimum in fridge

Fermentation: 12-Jun/03-Jul (68-76F)
Carbonation : 03-Jul/24-Jul (68-76F)
Conditioning: 24-Jul/18-Jan-2011 (50-70F)

Brewer's Comments:
This will be the most complicated and expensive brew I have ever undertaken.

The ingredients used in this recipe require increased fermentation and carbonation time in order to allow the yeast to work. I typically allow 3 weeks for fermentation at a constant 70F.

Just as in the fermentation process your carbonation times will depend on the complexities of each recipe and the amount of additional ingredients that are added. As a general rule of thumb recipes containing many ingredients will take longer to carbonate than recipes with few ingredients.I let my bottles carbonate for at least 3 weeks before moving them down to the conditioning, or lagering room.

Conditioning, also known as Lagering the beer allows the beer's flavors to fully merge and mature in the bottle before drinking. In a basement, with a consistent year round temperature range of 50-65F, naturally brewed beer can be stored for up to 6-12 months as it will be preserved by the alcohol. Prior to drinking the beer should be refrigerated for 24-48 hours and served cold in a clean glass.

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