*Wal Mart sells carboys?
No, Wal Mart sells 5 gallon water jugs that this jackass uses as a fermentor and then returns without cleaning.
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*Wal Mart sells carboys?
+3. If you are going make a belgian barley wine make a barley wine and use a belgian ale yeast. Adding special B and dark candi is exactly what is going to make it taste just like a quad. I'd go 95% maris otter and 5% sugar and try to hit the gravity you want. Or, if quad is what you want brew that.
I didn't realize the Unibroue strain was available again. I may have to give that a try, I love love love their ales.
You can always culture it up from their bottles.
Overall, it looks pretty good to me. I'll agree with the recommendations about the sugar. Clear Candi Syrup is a waste of $$$, IMO. You get no real flavor contribution from it at all. I'd use plain table sugar if you're not looking for any flavor from your syrup addition. But I'd encourage you to use some Dark Candi Syrup (I like a pound each of D-90 and D-180 for some added complexity) if you really want to highlight that awesome plum/dried cherry note from the Special B and 1762.
If you're going for more of a Barleywine with Belgian accents, then ferment really cool. Like 60-62F. That will keep the banana esters real low, but you'll still get some of the fruit that you're looking for from the 1762.
One other option for yeast is WY3864 (Canadian-Belgian, i.e., Unibroue), which is currently available as a Private Collection strain through March. When fermented cool it is in the same ballpark as 1762, but will ferment a tad drier. It's more plums than dried cherries to me, and has a bit more spice. It also lets a lot of malt flavor through. It's probably my favorite Belgian strain, and I really wish it was available year-round.
Just to be clear, are you intending this as a quad, or as a loosely Belgian - type barleywine ?
Sorry to revive a dead thread, but how did this come out? I'm looking at doing something similar as a gift for my brother's upcoming wedding, and I've never done a bw before. Thanks!
Actually, thanks for the post. I completely forgot about this beer. I'll crack into one tonight to refresh my memory and post more details.
Is 3864 still available anywhere? Can't believe I'm just finding out about this now... I'd love to try it.
It's easily cultured from the bottle if you can't find it anywhere else.
Kidding. I hear what you are saying. The ray handley years were bad...not this bad though.
Was awesome to see people were willing to send me magazines and stuff. Home brewers are definitely awesome people. My address if you wanna know is
Attn: Spc Fisher, Joseph
RC - SOUTH HQ PSD OPS CO 4ID HHBN
You guys rock, have a couple people sending some brew mags and will post a pic on here when I get them. Thanks for the patriotism and being good people.