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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:56 am 
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I'm brewing my first RIS this weekend. I intend to age it in a barrel.

Does anyone have any ideas or recommendations for this brew based on their past experience brewing the RIS?

I've read ideas about doing basic 60-90 min boils and then I've read about doing a larger mash and boiling for 4 hours to concentrate everything. Any best practice advice would be appreciated.

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I'm not sure that an extended boil would get you anything malt can't. There is enough malt complexity that you don't find in an American Barleywine, where the extended boil could at least be argued for.

We did a barrel RIS a few years ago with basically Joe Formanek's recipe (tweaks for what ingredients were on hand for everyone) and the tips that I think helped a lot were:
1. Dry it out, you want sweetness from the malts, not from sugar (universal good idea)
2. Some oats add a body that helps balance the tannins from the wood and provide a balanced mouthfeel
3. Keep ferment alcohols down, the barrel adds a lot
4. Don't leave it in the barrel too long, only a little bit will age out in package

That's about all I've got. That and 4 bottles of that left...


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