Firestone Walker Brewing Company Double Barrel Ale® | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Double Barrel Ale® | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

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  • This BrewMaster Series kit was scaled down to a homebrew batch size in collaboration with the brewmasters at Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • A smooth amber ale with subtle oak notes blending perfectly with wonderful malt character
  • Includes Willamette and Kent Goldings hops
  • Estimated ABV: 5%
  • Estimated IBUs: 32-34
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

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.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.049-52
  • SRM (Color Range): 14
  • IBUs: 32-34
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.

Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.


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MoreFlavor Store
Sounded good
Steve T on Mar 12, 2022
Great beers
Kenneth J L on Aug 16, 2021
Sounded good
Steve T on Mar 12, 2022
Quality and Price
Eric J K on Oct 8, 2021
Great beers
Kenneth J L on Aug 16, 2021
Love it
Mark G on May 7, 2021
I like it
George D on Aug 26, 2020
liked it in the past
John B on Jun 6, 2020
I like it
Marge on Apr 1, 2020
I like their beer. Even if I get a *little* close, mine will be pretty good! :)
Sina on Dec 20, 2019
Like it
Mike B on Dec 4, 2019
Tried it in California. It is not available in Illinois.
William M on Nov 12, 2019
Reputation a d good write ups
Kristy Ruth H on Mar 5, 2019
New to us
Heather K on Mar 1, 2019
The wifes beer
Carl on Feb 13, 2019
curious about it
Scott L on Feb 6, 2019
It's good
Gene C on Dec 14, 2018
Customer reviews
Michael G on Nov 17, 2018
Why not?
David B on Nov 17, 2018
This kit produces an incredible ale.
Ronald M on Sep 26, 2018
Because I bone-up my first order and requested the Mash Kit
Tim Roscher on Jun 26, 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
Quality and Price
Eric J K on Oct 8, 2021
Love it
Mark G on May 7, 2021
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.
Could I see the recipe sheet to see what is included in this kit?
David Kitchka on Apr 9, 2023

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great kit!
Great kit! I jacked up the ABV a bit and this kit handled it perfectly. I highly recommend it.
October 27, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Another winner
I have made 24 recipes in a little over a year now. I think that it turned out fairly well. I only used half of the oak chips after reading some of the other comments. It had good color and carbonation and a nice clean taste. I haven’t had the chance to share it with anyone else yet but expect it to be well received.
October 6, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
made this last New Years day and it was superb. used ale yeast and added extra 1/2 oz cascade hops (cuz we like it) in the secondary. After our year end brew review we are ordering 2 kits today.
January 2, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
dowing this one now
This one is currently being consumed. I need to bump the bottling sugar to 5oz next time as there is not enough fizz in the bottle.
August 20, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 2 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 2 out of 5
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
Rated 2 out of 5
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.