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The Wookiee & the Ewok

Big and little, tall and short, high-gravity and session, barleywine and pale: a parti-gyle brewday from Episode 26.

For two beers, approx. 5 gallons each:

The grist:

The Mash:

  • 149 F - 75 min.
  • 168 F - 5 min

1st Gyle: The Wookiee

Target OG: 1.090-something (achieved 1.092)

Collect first runnings to preboil volume (7 gallons on my system).

  • 2.5 oz Summit (pellets) @ 60"
  • 2 oz Centennial (homegrown) @ 10"
  • 2 oz Centennial (homegrown) @ 0"

2nd Gyle: The Ewok

Target OG: ??? (achieved 1.044, ymmv)

Continue sparging w/ H20 to preboil volume or desired gravity.

  • 0.5 oz Summit (pellets) @ 60"
  • 2 oz Liberty (homegrown) @ 10"
  • 2 oz Liberty (homegrown) @ 0"




Can't parti-gyle an extract brew, but here are single-batch approximations for each beer:

Wookiee (extract):

Steep 1 lb. Caramel 60; sub 12 lbs Northern Brewer Gold malt syrup for the Gambrinus ESB base malt. Boil as much volume as you can - kettle and fermentation additions as above.

Ewok (extract):

Steep 0.5 lbs Caramel 60, and use 6.3 lbs Northern Brewer Gold malt syrup. Boil additions as above.


For more parti-gyle brewday rundowns:

The Northern Brewer blog.

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Reader Comments (12)

Hey there,

I'm really keen to try this recipe out, but I'm a little concerned about the amount of bittering hops in the barley wine.... When I whip this recipe into Beertools Pro, the IBU I get is 172, which seems pretty off the scale!

Is this the intended bitterness (or in the ballpark?).



p.s. Great show btw - I've been watching from EP 1. Totally loving it!

p.p.s. Greetings from New Zealand, whoop!

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStu

Hey Stu,

Given 18.2% aa for Summit pellets and guessing at 10% aa for my homegrown whole Centennial; allowing for the pellet/whole utilization difference, plus a preboil gravity of 1.084 and a 60 minute boil, I had 135 IBU using Tinseth's formula. Which is technically too high for the style, but that was by design - what with the high OG, low-ish attenuating yeast with selective pressure for flocculent cells (top-cropped for 3 generations), and a cool fermentation, I was anticipating having to offset a high FG.

Throwing math out the window and considering that from the standpoint of the taste buds, IBUs above a certain level are pretty theoretical, it tasted very hoppy but not totally out of balance at racking (for what that's worth).

ps - Thanks! You just volunteered your couch when and if we come to NZ!

pps - Go All Blacks!

December 31, 2010 | Registered CommenterDawson

Cheers for the reply Dawson, I'm totally gonna dive in and rock this beer.

The couch is ready and waiting!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStu

Dawson or other fellow brew dudes and dudettes,
I have the Wookie figured out at being 11.5% abv which is higher than the 10% advertised by Wyeast as tolerable by American Ale II. I am figuring about 65% efficiency. This is my first "big gravity" beer so I am wondering how or if at all this is an issue. I will of course be making a double sized, 1/2 gallon starter. Second, what do you suggest as the bottle priming sugar?

3 Blondes and a Brunette Homebrewery

January 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Winsor


Your culture of 1272 may top out at 10%; mine might too - as I mentioned to Stu above, the recipe is formulated with a potentially high FG in mind. Having said all that, my experience has been that with lots of TLC, it's possible to coax yeast to exceed specs. YMMV. Re: priming sugar, whatever floats your boat ... I will probably use corn sugar.

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawson

Hey dudes, sorry I'm late. I brewed the extract version of the Wookiee with about 5 oz. of CaraRed malt thrown into the steeping grain bill, pitched a seriously amped-up starter of Wyeast 1272 American Ale II, and the exact same Ames Farm honey @ 48 hours into fermentation. The beer is a beast. I'm on day 14 of primary fermentation and it's still glugging about every 50-60 seconds. Didn't hit the gravity I had hoped... got around 1.082, but it's already down to 1.019 at last check two days ago! And the color is a beautiful reddish-orange, which was my intention with that CaraRed. I have thus dubbed it the Red-Headed Wookiee. Think I'll rack it this weekend and let it rest in secondary for a while through the chilly winter in the basement. No reason to rush this one, right? May all your Wookiees turn out super-hairy! (Chip W. / BTV)

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

PS - Those Summit pellet hops just may be the best smelling hop in the world. Super dank! Good call, Dawson!

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

I have recently gotten back into Barleywine and am looking forward to trying this one out. On a related note, I had an absolutely FANTASTIC one recently here at Free State Brewery in Lawrence Kansas. I highly recommend it if you or any other fans are in this neck-of-the-woods. Thanks again for a killer site, and a great episode.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Hello from Utah. Just did this parti-gyle brew yesterday. Ended up og1.101 on the barley wine and 1.041 on the smaller beer. Just wondering how long you kept the barley wine in secondary.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKris

@Kris - kind of an involved story ... I split the batch and dry-hopped half for consumption after a 2 month secondary; the other half stayed in secondary for 8 months, at which point it got wet-hopped with some fresh 2011 cones from my backyard. I still have a couple bombers of that half left which I'm trying to save for its 2 year birthday.

April 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawson

Thanks Dawson! I'm soaking 3 oz of medium toasted oak cubes in maker's mark which I plan to add to the secondary...I was thinking 3-4 months. I remember the wet wookie from another episode, I think I'll have to try that when my cascade cones come in!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Good to know the little beer wasn't a Wookie Dookie instead of the Ewok.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

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