I found out a week and a half ago that my wife is pregnant. Yippee!
I’d like to make a big beer now and celebrate with it in about 8 months (She’s due end of Dec - beginning of Jan) but I’m still not ready for all grain.
I see that NB uses 12 lbs of LME and then what looks like not much hops. Could I make something similar using a bit more hops than the 3 oz of Cascade/Willamette they call for in their recipe? I’m just worried that I won’t have that hop flavor I’m accustomed to.
I’m planning on adding a couple pnds of honey at the end of the boil as well.
This brings me to my next question. I just harvested over a quart of 05 yeast cake two days ago, and it’s in the fridge now. I assume I should use more of that cake than I normally would for such a high gravity beer?
Because I’m not that knowledgeable, are Barleywines ever dryhopped? This is what I have in BeerSmith right now…
1pnd Crystal 20 steep
10 pnds Gold LME
2 pnds Honey at Flameout
1oz Magnum 60 min
1oz Citra 15 min
1oz Centennial 15
1oz Cascade and 1oz Citra dry hop
Gives me round about 1.087 and IBU’s at 54
Should I let it sit in a carboy for longer than a regular beer? Or should I just make it like a normal beer, bottle it and let it sit for 7 or 8 months.
Thanks for any help on some ‘Baby A-Comin’ Barleywine!