Fat Robin Barleywine, with WLP070 Bourbon Yeast

What follows here is my recipe for Fat Robin Barleywine.  This is my first barleywine and my first all-grain recipe that I designed from scratch using the Beer Smith 2 software.  I brewed this on January 19, 2014.  In late February 2014, I bottled this into some beautiful used 25oz swing-top bottles that I got used from Northampton Beer & Winemaking on King Street in Northampton, MA.  I also had labels made for this at Grogtag just because I liked that such a thing was possible.

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Homebrew Emporium in Weymouth, MA

While looking at the September 2012 issue of Brew Your Own homebrew magazine, I happened upon the "Homebrew Directory" section.  The secion consists of a list of homebrew shops by state.  I looked up my state (Massachusetts) and found that Homebrew Emporium had opened a new location in Weymouth, MA (which somewhat near my house.)  I was happy to discover this as there are not too many homebrew supply locations on the South Shore.

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Milk Stout Homebrew Recipe (partial grain)

A while back I found beer recipes for partial-grain Saison and Milk Stout on Homebrew.com*.  I brewed both of the recipes and was very happy with the results.

I took notes along the way on each of the brewing sessions.  I wisely posted my Saison recipe notes but never got down to doing the same with the Milk Stout recipe.  As this was a few years ago, both beers are long gone now and I can no longer find the Milk Stout notes.

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My First Attempt at Growing Hops

In February, I went to Modern Homebrew Emporium in Cambridge, MA and placed my order for hops rhizomes. Figuring that this would be a muti-year effort, I decided to start by ordering one each of Cascade, Fuggle, and Goldings rhizomes and see how things went. The hops rhizomes arrived in late March. I had grand plans for how I would go about planting my rhizomes, but regrettably April found me down with a leg injury for a few weeks.
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Saison Homebrew Recipe

A few months ago I found a couple of good looking beer recipes at HomeBrew.com. The first one I chose to try was a Milk Stout recipe. When brewing it, I had an issue with the White Labs yeast that I had used. It basically failed to activate. I had to make an emergency substitution with a couple of packets of Safbrew S33. This was the only other yeast that I had in my house at the time. The Safbrew S33 did the job and the Milk Stout turnecd out pretty good. Today I am trying out a Homebrew.com Saison Recipe. The recipe is called "Bridget’s Love Potion Saison" and here is my attempt at it:
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