Every Black Friday, folks head out in droves to do their holiday shopping. If you're into craft beer, you know that Black Friday is also the day that Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island comes out. In very populated areas, it can be hard to get your hands on, and like many popular beers, clone recipe trials and tests are not far around the corner. Thankfully, Goose Island list some of the essentials on their website, so a close clone isn't as hard to achieve in this case.
Bourbon County Stout is a big beer (13-15% varies a bit yearly! It's aged in bourbon barrels and the label says it can age and develop an additional five years in the bottle.
Now, that grain bill likely pushes the very upper limits of your mash tun, if not exceeds it. Your mash will likely be a thicker ratio than you're normally used to mashing at. This can have a negative affect on your brewhouse efficiency. Because of this, It's a good idea to have several pounds of light extract on hand in case you don't hit your numbers.
Higher OG beers require a bit more oxygenation as they do not absorb oxygen as easily. You should also consider oxygenating twice, once at pitch, and once 12 hours later. For those without an oxygen tank, set a timer for 5 minutes and vigorously shake your fermenter to achieve desired aeration.
If using oak chips: Soak the chips in bourbon while the beer is fermenting. When fermentation is mostly done, add the bourbon and oak to the beer.
Due to the high starting gravity of this beer, we recommend purchasing two packages of yeast or to make a yeast starter. Aerate the cooled wort thoroughly, to ensure a healthy fermentation
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Bourbon County Stout Clone - All-Grain Instructions
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 152ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.135 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.030 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
- Bitterness: 60 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 50 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Pale 2-Row Malt
- Light Munich Malt
- Chocolate Malt
- Roasted Barley
- Caramel 60L
- Black Malt (PreCrushed)
- Dark American Oak Chips
- Millennium Hop Pellets
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this is a great recipe, true to the original... great job!
This is my personal favorite beer that I have brewed to date. I ended up aging in a whiskey barrel instead of the oak chips. The flavors meld together very well with notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak. I ended up at 11% ABV which makes for a perfect night cap. Some of my samplers have said that they like my version better than the original BCS. I cannot think of any way to improve on this recipe since it turned out so well.
This kit comes with approx. 30 lbs. of grain so plan accordingly! I brew with a 15 gallon Brew Boss COFI system and I knew it would be a challenge to fit everything in (it was!!). That said - my efficiency was pretty bad (not the fault of the kit) but I ended up at 11% ABV. (about 3% less than the original this year). I soaked the oak chips in bourbon (I had Maker's 46 on hand) and added the entire shebang into the primary about 3 weeks after brewing. I started tasting samples after a week and, for my tastes, 12 days was PERFECT. Sweet, bourbon finish with a hint of oak tannin at the end. I have had little experience with oak aging and frankly, my last attempt was not good. This one is awesome! It is not as viscous as the original (again - probably due to my system capacity and efficiency) but this is an EXCELLENT recipe. I would ask that you make sure your system can handle this and maybe also have some DME on hand to help you make your numbers as well. If you like a the real Goose Island Bourbon County - If never had another that was closer.