Novacaine American Barleywine

Novacaine American Barleywine is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 15.
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A fortuitous mistake by one of our Brewmasters originally resulted in this wonderful Barleywine that boasts more than 10% ABV. Its dark malt complexity is overwhelmed by the numbing sensation that temporarily deadens your mouth.


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    This recipe has a lot of fermentables. Put your fermenter somewhere safe in case it leaks during fermentation. 

    What You Get

    1 American Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Aztec Mexican Cerveza Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 St. Patrick's Irish Stout Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

    1 Packet of Cascade Pellet Hops

    1 Packet of Nothern Brewer Pellet Hops 

    1 Packet US-05

    1 Hop Sack

    2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Bigfood Barleywine

    Bell's Brewing Third Coast Old Ale

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.102

    Final Gravity: 1.020

    ABV: 10.7%

    SRM: (Color): 40

    IBU: (Bitterness): 99


    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the cans of Brewing Extract, then place the
    unopened cans and BrewMax LME in hot tap water

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, and bring
    the mixture to a boil then remove from heat.

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract, BrewMax LME, and pour the contents into the hot mixture
    in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. 

    4. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter
    this would be approximately 1 gallon of water. 

    5. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by
    adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-
    liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk. 

    7. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25°
    C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

    STEP 3: Dry-Hopping

    Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to a beer which will impart more hop flavor and
    aroma in your beer.

    1. On day 14 of the brewing process open the second pack of No-Rinse cleanser and mix a
      quarter of the packet into 1 cup of water. Add your Hop Sack and scissors to soak for 2 minutes.
    2. Open all the packets of hops with your sanitized scissors and dump them into your hopsack.
      Tie closed and trim away excess material.
    3. Open the lid of your fermenter, carefully add in the hop sack and quickly close the lid.


    After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide. 

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding Fla from Shockingly Surprising Fantastic aroma with alternating layers of flavors ranging from very-mild piney, molasses, and coffee then bursting with deep red wine; the beer is rich and roasty. No noticeable Vodka-like taste that many high ABV beers have based on my experience. Carbonation is gentle but noticeable. Body and mouth feel is full, sweet, and heavy. Novocain can be described as warm finish; the high alcohol flavor is not overly prominent, it is just simply outstanding. I aged for 9 months in the bottle, a bit longer than I would like but definitely worth the wait. Will make more soon and start tasting every month after three months to see if there is a noticeable change in flavor. Instructions were clear and easy to follow.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by ShmoothOne from Outstanding This is the best Mr. Beer recipe I have tried yet. I went with the standard 28-day fermentation/carbonation process, followed by three months conditioning in a wine cooler at 61 degrees, and this was ready for prime time. I did not find this very hoppy, and actually found this very smooth and drinkable after this time. You will definitely feel the 10.7% ABV after a few bottles of this. Well done, Mr. Beer - this one is on my list to brew again!
    Date published: 2016-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bigdave from Great beer on a cool night!! I originally bought an brewed this beer back in 2010. Back then they did not have the recipe kits and you had to purchase everything separately to make this beer, but it was totally worth it. It has a nice smooth taste to it that really packs a punch. The hardest part with this recipe is waiting for it to condition. But if you wait 9-10 months it is so worth the wait. Hope to purchase this kit again so I can get it ready for the winter months. Great beer to brew and give as gifts or share during the holiday seasons. I have had several family members and friends request me to brew this one again!!!
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from The BEST! beer ever! I made this 9 or 10 years ago when you had to buy everything separately. Nice to see its all together now as a package. I served it at my dogs b-day party and it was a huge hit. Jack's party lasted till 4 am and this stuff does the trick on you lol. It doesn't deaden your makes your whole head numb. (Pleasantly) and the taste is unbelievable when you let it sit the whole 9 months. I'm ordering more now.
    Date published: 2019-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Ohio from My Favorite Mr Beer Recipie This is my favorite Mr. Beer kit I have tried to date. It is smooth and flavorful and really packs a punch. I have even added a Booster pack to this one and the flavor and smoothness still comes through.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by YeOldeBrewer from Complex is right! This was as billed - complex character, lots of bitters, full bodied - definite winner. I gave the conditioning three months and that seemed about right to start drinking it. If I was a more patient person, I’m sure it would have been even better.
    Date published: 2021-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by CB63 from Really powerful and smooth I made this in January 2016, and it is really starting to meld now. Its really rich and malty with a nice nougat finish. I had one at 3 months and it was still hoppy, another one at 6 months and you could start to taste the hop and the malt on an even basis. Now as it is going into fall, its all coming together. I have 3 six packs left for the Holidays.
    Date published: 2016-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Adhoss from Amazing brew! One of my favorites. It's been aging for a few months now. Sampled a bottle, and wow. I would not think twice about drinking the rest of them now, but I'm going to let them finish to the six month mark before sampling again. Definitely will brew this again.
    Date published: 2017-04-03
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    What is the current suggested bottle conditioning time? It's 28 Nov 21 right now, and I'm getting ready to brew this soon. :)

    Asked by: SpiderDan
    For this particular beer, you can condition it for up to 2 years! Many of our customers prefer this beer at the 1 year mark of conditioning. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-11-30

    Does the Novacaine make six gallons of beer?

    Asked by: dave
    You can make 24 liters of this recipe. You would need the Cooper's 5/6 gallon fermenter. Sold in the 5 gallon section. You would need to buy 3 recipe kits of this beer. Use 3 liters of water in stock pot. bring to boil. Remove from fire. Add, all three HME's, plus LME Golden. Add, 8 liters of water to sanitized fermenter. Pour wort into fermenter. Add, water to the 24 liter mark. Stir vigorously with your sanitized spoon. Sprinkle S-05 yeast. Dry hopping on day 14. Follow instructions. Multiple times 3 on all ingredients. And, 2 each S-05 yeast for 6 gallons.
    Answered by: stg1porter
    Date published: 2021-08-18

    What is the best bottling process for this high octane brew? Glass with metal caps or glass with cork? Do you have a corking setup?

    Asked by: JohnBoy
    If you are using glass bottles, the best set up would be metal caps. We do not carry a corking system, but we do carry a professional bottling system that has glass bottles, metal caps, and a capper:
    Answered by: SarahBeer
    Date published: 2023-09-09
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