Bourbon Barrel Old Ale

Brew DateJune 12, 2016
Yield5 gallons
Original Gravity (OG)1.08
Intermediate Gravity Readings1.02
Final Gravity (FG)1.02
Estimated ABV*7.875 %


6 lbs. Amber liquid malt extract, 3.15 lbs. Gold liquid malt extract, 8 oz. Brown Malt, 8 oz. Crystal 50-60L, 8 oz. Wheat, 4 oz. Chocolate specialty grains, 1 oz. Northern Brewer, 2 oz. Willamette, 2 oz. Fuggle hops, 2 oz. American Oak Cubes soaked in bourbon or whiskey, Safale S-04 yeast


This was an extract kit from Midwest Homebrewing Supply. The recipe is available online here.

Brew Notes

Followed the recipe pretty much to the letter. Steeped grains for the full 30 minutes. I made a 1200 ml yeast starter using the Safale S-04 yeast. I finally decided on using a Cedar Ridge 5 Year Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (batch number 7, bottle number 480) to use to soak the oak cubes. Transferred to secondary and added the soaked oak cubes after 2 months. Soaked on oak for a really long time.

Tasting Notes