An Experiment with Barley Wine
with Phill Turner
I'm pleased to announce that our paper on Barley Wine has been published in the March 2021 edition of Zymurgy.
We brewed a large batch of English barley wine and split it into six different batches. Each batch was fermented with a different yeast. The barley wines were held at the same conditions for fermentation, then they were bottled with fresh yeast. We’ve conducted tastings at our beer circle a few months later and with some beer judges one year on from the brew day. In this paper, we present our findings.
In 2019, Phill and I brewed a barley wine. We split it into six batches and pitched the following yeasts:
- Scottish Ale (WY1728) - the yeast we would usually use for Barley Wine
- Nottingham (LalBrew Dry)
- French Saison (WY3711)
- Trappist (WY3787)
- Thomas Hardy (WLP099)
- London Ale (WY1028)
The paper concludes that, at least in our experiment, the Scottish Ale yeast produces the best result followed by the Thomas Hardy yeast. The Saison yeast produces a good beer but it isn't really a Barley Wine. If anything it is a "Belgian Barley Wine". The Nottingham yeast didn't produce anything worth drinking.
- An Experiment with Barleywine (requires AHA subscription)
- Zymurgy, The Magazine of the American Homebrewers Association, Mar/Apr 2021, The Brewers Association.