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Firestone Walkers Double Barrel Ale - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
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Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, California. It seems to some that Matt has almost been bred to brew beer. After getting a degree in chemistry in 1993, Matt went to work in Michigan doing research and development on hops for the brewing industry. In 1995, Matt went to the famous Seibel Institute of Brewing Technology to further his education. After brewing for Goose Island in Chicago and then moving to California to work for SLO Brewing, Matt was appointed Small Brewmaster of the Year in 2001. Later that year, he was asked to join the crew at Firestone Walker. Two years later Matt was dubbed Mid-Sized Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Fest AND at the World Cup of Beer, for a total of 12 medals in just three years! Since then, Firestone Walker has been gaining a large following in California due in part to it's flagship beer, Double Barrel Ale, which is produced in a Burton Union system that has the beer fermenting in barrels. Firestone Walker Brewing Company is the only brewery in the U.S. to ferment in barrels and one of only two in the world. In addition to the line-up at Firestone Walker, Matt also brews the Nectar Ales line of beers, as well as a few of the Trader Joe's house brands. Learn more at www.firestonebeer.com

Don't let the name fool you, this beer is easy on the oak, having been created so that all ingredients blend perfectly with one another, even the oak. In fact, the oak really takes a back seat to the wonderful malt characteristics that this beer presents, which may be hard to imagine once you realize there are 2 ounces of oak in this one! American base malt, a little Munich, some crystal, and that's it - simple, yet flavorful. Just how we like it. One can easily spend all night drinking this smooth amber ale ... in fact, many of us at MoreBeer! have done just that! The low bitterness ties everything together and makes you remember just how much of a craft brewing beer really is.



Estimated Original Gravity:1.049-52
SRM (Color Range: 13
IBU's: 32-34 Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5%


Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

WLP005 - White Labs British Ale
WLP007 - White Labs Dry English Ale
WY1098 - Wyeast British Ale
WY1187 - Wyeast Ringwood Ale
IYA01 - Imperial House
 

Item # KIT804
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 12LBS
ABV %5
IBU33
SRM14
Beer StylePale Ale & Bitter
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
Pre-MilledY
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Why did you choose this?
MoreFlavor Store
It's my favorite beer, and after I moved to the Midwest I can't find it anywhere.
Jarrett R on May 9, 2018
price, sounds yummy
Amanda Z on Apr 11, 2018
It's my favorite beer, and after I moved to the Midwest I can't find it anywhere.
Jarrett R on May 9, 2018
New ale for our group to brew
James D on Apr 21, 2018
price, sounds yummy
Amanda Z on Apr 11, 2018
New ale for our group to brew
James D on Apr 21, 2018
Which yeast strain should I use?
Bruce Larsen on Apr 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any of the English or British pub strains from White Labs and Wyeast would work great with this.
Reviews

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Used it to make bourbon barrel ale
Have made this recipe several times using 1 oz of oak chips soaked in 6 oz. of bourbon on brew day. Added chips and bourbon to secondary, then aged for 6 to 8 months after kegging. The oak flavor was present but mellowed, the bourbon flavor was subtle. This is always a favorite among my friends. Mixing half and half in a glass with a vanilla porter makes an extraordinary combination.
November 26, 2017
Not a fan
I've been fortunate that most of my home brews have been quite good...until this one. Can't say how it stacks up against the original but this turned out poorly for me. Perhaps its spot on and just not to my liking but I found this quite uninteresting. Neither malty nor hoppy. Leaves a strange aftertaste on the palate. Also, after bottle conditioning for weeks, this has the most intense carbonation imaginable; each pour is 2/3 foam and 1/3 beer. Will not be trying again.
November 8, 2015
Confusing beer. Maybe my word for complex?
My beer came out crisp and very clean tasting. Mellow malt, hop, and oak character. Easy drinking.

Confused because the fermentation appearance indicated a much darker, maltier beer. However, Amber is an accurate description in the glass.

First impression was that the beer was actually a little watery. FG was 1.011 and fermented around 65F. Light will be nice on the hot summer days to come.

My kit came with the 1oz oak. Left on secondary for 7 days with the dry hop. Only overbearing reference may be the aroma but I can't guarantee that's the oak. Seems balanced overall.
April 9, 2015
Really quite good
I read all the other reviews about this beer being too "oaky" but decided to go for it anyway. Yes, the beer has an upfront oak flavor, but I'm pretty sure that's the point.

My opinion is that this beer is delicious and unique. If I brewed it again, I would not change a thing.

Not big on posting reviews, but this beer seems to be getting a bad reputation that it does not deserve.
July 3, 2014
Go light on the chips, then maybe
Totally agree that the oak is over the top. I used all the chips and used them for 6 days. Tasted fine at first then after the oak was added it just tasted like bourbon. Maybe use half the chips like other folks did or a whole lot less time. Found it to be very unbalanced. That being said, i really like oaked beer. Just not this one.
September 25, 2013
I'd use different oak chips
Made this kit, and it tasted great after primary. Put the oak in secondary, and tasted and several intervals. The oak was really overpowering. I even aged some to see if the oak ever mellowed but it didn't. I think it would have been better with some light toast steamed oak. The oak chips it came with were just like the ones I get for bbqing.
May 30, 2013
Response from MoreFlavor
Would raise my review to about 3.5 stars, but only after 2+ months of bottle conditioning. The beer started to mellow out a bit after that 2-3 month period and improved quite a bit.
December 14, 2017
Nick S.
Response from MoreFlavor
Would raise my review to about 3.5 stars, but only after 2+ months of bottle conditioning. The beer started to mellow out a bit after that 2-3 month period and improved quite a bit.
December 22, 2017
Nick S.
What a Great Easy Drinking Beer!
I originally got this kit after I had heard so much about DBA, and before any Firestone Walker beers were available in our area.

This kit yields a delicious, fairly complex, full-flavored, easy-drinking beer.
Now that we do get FW beers here, I can tell that the DBA I've had on tap was very close to the result of this kit. Brew it with confidence!
May 28, 2013
Good clone recipe
Firestone DBA is a favorite beer, especially in the summertime. Was VERY excited to see this close recipe offered online! Only used half the oak chips that were included per another recommendation I saw online and it turned out well. Would buy again!
May 15, 2013
excellent recipe
my first taste of Firestone Walker's DBA was at their tasting room in Beullton, Ca. and again the following day at lunch in Ventura, Ca. I really enjoyed both tastings. I was so excited to find that More Beer had a kit for me to try to duplicate this at home. the result was a very drinkable duplication of the original. when I make the kit again I will cut back a little on the oak chips. thank you for making this beer available to all homebrewers.
May 1, 2013