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American Barleywine

2015 Big Brew Recipe #2: Old School Barleywine

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Homebrewers Association

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

The 2015 AHA Big Brew recipes come from three time AHA Ninkasi Award winner and current BJCP President, Gordon Strong! This year’s beers are all medal-winning recipes from Gordon’s upcoming book, Modern Homebrew Recipes, to be released in May 2015.

The first year that the American Homebrewers Association celebrated Big Brew was in 1998. That year, the AHA encouraged homebrewers worldwide to brew a Barleywine recipe. Now we are celebrating the 19th Big Brew, and bringing Barleywine back for the first time since 1998!

From Modern Homebrew Recipes: “An American style barleywine loosely in the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot balance. Big malt and big hops make this an aggressive style. I won an NHC silver medal with a beer based on this recipe in 2010; it was a blend of mostly five year old with a little bit of one year old to freshen the hop aromatics.”

Anyone, even homebrew shops, can host and register a Big Brew event, so invite your friends and family, gather around the brew kettle and join in the global celebration of the greatest hobby there is—homebrewing!

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View the Homebrew Recipes archive for past recipes posted to HomebrewersAssociation.org, as well as the Homebrewopedia for a wide selection of recipes, including past National Homebrew Competition winners.

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American Barleywine

2010 Barleywine

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Homebrewers Association

David Barber of Orwigsburg, PA, member of the Lehigh Valley Home Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #19: Strong Ale during the 2013 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Philadelphia, PA. Barber’s Strong Ale was chosen as the best among 277 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2013 NHC Ninkasi Award Winner title. Read More

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American Barleywine

Big Ass Barleywine

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Homebrewers Association

This article appears in Amahl Turczyn Scheppach's article, "Palmetto State Brewers Open," in the May/June 2005 Issue of Zymurgy magazine. In 2004, Jim Yeager was awarded Best in Show for his "Big Ass Barleywine" at the Palmetto State Brewers Open, and went on to claim the title of Carolina Brewer of the Year. As a brewer who seeks to "imperial everything," Yeager has had to face the challenge of reduced hop utilization that comes along with high original gravities.

Big Ass Barleywine was brewed with the intentions of it being an American barleywine with a prominent American hop profile, but the subtle hop character that resulted was akin to an English barley wine.

Yeager shared that many who tried his barleywine misinterpreted the hops as English in origin, and the judges even believed his homebrew to be an English barleywine. "For those after a hoppy American barleywine," says Yeager, "my suggestion would be to not be afraid to add more hops in the last 30 minutes."

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American Barleywine

Neural Rust

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Homebrewers Association

Michael Habrat of San Diego, CA, member of the QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity), won a gold medal in Category #19: Strong Aleduring the 2011 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA with the help of Chris Bartik, Brett Goldstock, Suzy Pessutti. Habrat’s Strong Ale was chosen as the best among 252 final round entries in the category. Read More

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American Barleywine

Creative Destruction Barleywine

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Homebrewers Association

Jeff Rankert of Milford, MI, member of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, won a gold medal in Category #19: Strong Ale during the 2009 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Oakland, CA with the help of Susan Rankert. Rankert’s Strong Ale was chosen as the best among 192 final round entries in the category. Read More

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American Barleywine

Old Blood & Guys – California

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Homebrewers Association

T Bob Daugherty of Pearland, TX, member of the Foam Rangers Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #19: Strong Ale during the 2007 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Denver, CO with the help of Rob Kolacny. Daugherty’s Strong Ale was chosen as the best among 179 final round entries in the category. Read More

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