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Homebrew: Oak-Aged English Strong Ale

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I haven’t brewed many English-style beers during my homebrewing career, mostly because I’m more fond of the flavor profile of new world hops (e.g. Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, etc.) and I like my beers hoppy rather than malty. I do however occasionally enjoy English-style beers (e.g. Fuller’s ESB), so I don’t have anything against them. A friend just flew over from Barcelona, and next week I will be arranging a brewday and beer tasting for him. We decided on brewing a slightly stronger ale, i.e. one that survives several months of aging, since I’m not sure when he will visit next time. I became interested in Firestone Walker’s Double DBA, so we decided on trying to brew something inspired by it. The beer will have a hefty OG (1.100+), moderate bitterness (around 40 IBU), Goldings hops, will be fermented with WLP002, and bulk-aged on oak cubes (most likely bourbon-soaked). I hope WLP002 won’t leave the beer cloyingly sweet, so will mash at 63C (145F) for most of the mash. The recipe will be the following:

Recipe: Oak-Aged English Strong Ale
Style: English Barleywine
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 27.6 l
Post Boil Volume: 22.4 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 17.5 l   
Bottling Volume: 15.5 l
Estimated OG: 1.108 SG
Estimated Color: 33.3 EBC
Estimated IBU: 43.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 55.00 %
Boil Time: 105 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt          Name                                     Type     #   %/IBU         
7.600 kg     Pale Ale (2-row) (6.0 EBC)               Grain    1   68.2 %        
1.800 kg     Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC)         Grain    2   16.2 %        
0.780 kg     Munich I (Weyermann) (14.0 EBC)          Grain    3   7.0 %         
0.680 kg     Caramel/Crystal Malt - 30L (59.1 EBC)    Grain    4   6.1 %         
0.220 kg     Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett) (118 Grain    5   2.0 %         
0.060 kg     Chocolate Malt (689.5 EBC)               Grain    6   0.5 %         
5.00 g       Hop Extract [50.00 %] - Boil 90.0 min    Hop      7   23.2 IBUs     
36.00 g      Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 30.0 Hop      8   12.0 IBUs     
26.00 g      Styrian Goldings [5.00 %] - Boil 30.0 mi Hop      9   8.7 IBUs      
44.00 g      Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Aroma Ste Hop      10  0.0 IBUs      
44.00 g      Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] - Aroma Steep  Hop      11  0.0 IBUs      

1.0 pkg      English Ale (White Labs #WLP002) [35.49  Yeast    12  -             

50.00 g      Oak Cubes (Secondary 7.0 days)           Flavor   13  -             
30.00 g      Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] - Dry Hop 0.0  Hop      14  0.0 IBUs      
									

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