First off, just in case anyone was wondering, our last beer is #lovewins – as in: hashtag love wins. This beer is number 150. Back before the time of Twitter and social media, that symbol used to be a sign signifying number… or time to start playing tic tac toe. So this beer is #150 because it is going into Ranger Creek’s .44 Rye Whiskey barrel #150. When we acquired the barrel, we knew we had to make something worth of going in it, so we decided on a big, badass barleywine.
If we hit our numbers as planned, this beer should be 12+% and should be pushing close to 100 IBUs. Our intention is to let it sit for a few weeks in the barrel (since this is a much smaller barrel, it will take on those flavors much more rapidly that the beer would if it were sitting in a full-size vessel), then bottle condition until at least the new year. Then we’re going to see how things play out over time. Who knows; maybe when we open our brewpub publicly there could be a bottle or two of this popped in celebration!
The brew day went pretty well overall, except when we ran out of gas while heating the sparge water! That probably is why we got such good efficiency, as I continued to sparge with wort while Manny went to get more propane. Other than that one hiccup, everything went exceptionally smooth. We also decided that since we were brewing a barleywine, we were going to drink some barleywines, including a vertical tasting of Real Ale’s Sisyphus. It was a good day.
To try to be sure that we’d not have any troubles getting through the fermentation process with such a high alcohol content, we pitched quite a bit of Safale-05 and then supplemented that with some Super High Gravity yeast. Between the two we should sail right up to that 12.6% or so that we are expecting #150 to finish out at. We look forward to sharing a bottle with you, but until then… Cheers!
Brew Day Playlist:
Prophets of Rage: Zen Gravy
Rage Against the Machine: Demo, Rare, and Live
NoFX: Punk in Drublic