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How to brew a barleywine style bochet with stuff from your pantry

This is one of the early iterations of this recipe, where we used a cold steep for the grains. Current iterations use a hot mash, but this recipe is very smooth and well-balanced.

BC loves a good barleywine, but they can be hard to find and relatively expensive. In developing this recipe, he set out to emulate those flavors with an ingredient he loves — honey! This is a mead/braggot intended to be carbonated and enjoyed chilled on a wonderful spring or fall day!

There will eventually be an update video on a revised process — this recipe has been brewed many times since this original video came out!


Kitchen Cupboard Barleywine Bochet

A barleywine style mead with honey and hops

  • Author: BC


  • 3.3 cups roasted pearl barley
  • 3.3 cups toasted oats
  • 6.6 pounds caramelized honey
  • 3.3 pounds raw honey
  • 1.6 cups grape concentrate
  • 2oz Centennial hops
  • Water to five gallons
  • EC-1118 Yeast
  • 0.8 cups grape concentrate for priming


  1. Roast and toast the barley and oats in the oven until golden brown.
  2. Cold steep grains in brewing water for 3-4 days.
  3. Strain out grains.
  4. Divide hops into thirds.
  5. Add 1/3 of hops, raw honey, and 1.6 cups grape juice to the fermentation vessel along with the half of the grain tea.
  6. Place a gallon of water on to boil.
  7. At boil, add second 1/3 hops to the boil.
  8. After 15 minutes, add the remaining 1/3 hops, kill heat, cool five minutes, and strain hops out.
  9. Add hops tea to fermentation vessel.
  10. Carefully caramelize the remaining honey for one hour on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  11. Add a remainder of cold grain tea to the caramelized honey, stir.
  12. Mix must together, top up to five gallons.
  13. Ferment dry, then prime in bottle with grape concentrate.
  14. For best results, watch the video prior to making!


Best enjoyed on a cool, sleepy day!

What’s your favorite commercial barleywine or barleywine recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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