Author Topic: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas  (Read 957 times)

Offline brewdog86

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 23
    • View Profile
Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« on: March 27, 2011, 08:36:22 PM »
I want to brew an Xmas ale that is high in alcohol and i plan on aging it in an oak barrel..... any ideas or recipies?

Offline a10t2

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4503
  • Ask me why I don't like Chico!
    • View Profile
    • SeanTerrill.com
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 10:11:00 PM »
Can you be more specific? There are plenty of established styles that are high in alcohol, and pretty much any recipe could be "imperialized".
Sent from my Microsoft Bob

Beer is like porn. You can buy it, but it's more fun to make your own.
Refractometer Calculator | Batch Sparging Calculator | Two Mile Brewing Co.

Offline brewdog86

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 23
    • View Profile
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 12:27:50 AM »
a porter would be nice, im more interested in how to make a high aclohol beer... im talking about 10% or higher

Offline a10t2

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4503
  • Ask me why I don't like Chico!
    • View Profile
    • SeanTerrill.com
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 12:33:51 AM »
Fred Bonjour has a good summary: http://www.beerdujour.com/Howtobrewabigbeer.htm
Sent from my Microsoft Bob

Beer is like porn. You can buy it, but it's more fun to make your own.
Refractometer Calculator | Batch Sparging Calculator | Two Mile Brewing Co.

Offline gordonstrong

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1355
    • View Profile
    • BJCP
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 02:15:19 PM »
Definitely check out Fred's advice if this is your goal.  Lots of people make crappy big beers.  Fred makes good ones.  And he makes ones that are significantly bigger than most.  You have to know what you're doing to be able to do both of those things.  It's not usually one of my goals to make beers this way, but I know where to look if I want to do that.  That's where I'd go.
Gordon Strong • Beavercreek, Ohio • AHA Member since 1997 • Twitter: GordonStrong

Offline bluesman

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8825
  • Delaware
    • View Profile
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 03:01:41 PM »
Definitely check out Fred's advice if this is your goal.  Lots of people make crappy big beers.  Fred makes good ones.  And he makes ones that are significantly bigger than most.  You have to know what you're doing to be able to do both of those things.  It's not usually one of my goals to make beers this way, but I know where to look if I want to do that.  That's where I'd go.

+1

Fred knows his big beers well.
Ron Price

Offline kgs

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 967
  • Sonoma County, CA
    • View Profile
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 03:30:33 PM »
This is great! Wish I'd asked this question three weeks ago, but glad other advice on this forum helped me through it. I made a 3-gallon batch of English barleywine and used a WLP007 starter made with 1.040 wort, and it was really jumping:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgs/5527967819/

When I bottle, I plan to add half a packet of rehydrated yeast, also per advice on this forum.
K.G. Schneider
AHA Member

Offline brewdog86

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 23
    • View Profile
Re: Brewing a high alcohol beer for xmas
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011, 03:01:03 AM »
thats an awsome bit of info THANK YOU! anyone else with ideas?