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Home » Recipes » Gonzo Hemp Poppy Spirit Wine Tres
Gonzo Hemp Poppy Spirit Wine Tres
Fifth year doing the Alternative Barleywine series and Jonny and Drew choose an unbelievably scorching day to brew the third version of this beer that celebrates the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson. Check out this beer and it's fun dosing of Hemp Seeds, Poppy Seeds, Mushrooms, Tequila, Bourbon and more! UPDATE: The Gonzo took first place and first runnerup at the 2007 DKM, scoring 41.5 points! Judges described it as a wonderfully complex, hoppy and surprisingly well integrated Barleywine.
Pictures of the brew here
Style:    Barleywine / Experimental
Brewed by:    Jonny Lieberman, Drew Beechum
Brewed at:    The Shop
Batch Size:    25 Gallons
Boil Time:    90 Minutes
Estimated OG:    1.096
Actual OG:    1.089
Est IBU:    84.9
Est SRM:    12.4
Efficency:    67%
Recipe Index | Promash File
Grains, Extracts, Sugars
Malt Name Maltster Amount Percentage
2-Row Great Western 40.00 lbs 44.7%
Marris Otter Crisp 37.00 lbs 41.3%
Crystal 40L 4.0 lbs 4.5%
Raw Cane Sugar 4.0 lbs 4.5%
Munich Malt 1.5 lbs 1.7%
Biscuit Malt 1.5 lbs 1.7%
Special B Malt 1.0 lbs 1.1%
Acid Malt 0.5 lbs 0.6%
Name Form Alpha Amount Time
Warrior Pellet 16.0% 5.25 oz 60
Colombus Pellet 16.7% 2.75 oz 30
Palisade Pellet 9.1% 4.50 oz 10
Amarillo Whole 9.5% 2.00 oz 0 (Bag)
Cascade Whole 6.5% 2.00 oz 0 (Bag)
Amarillo Whole 9.5% 4.00 oz Hopback
Man. Code Name Type Amount (Starter)
Wyeast 1056 Chico Ale Ale
Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale Ale
Mash Schedule
Step Rest Temp Rest Time Heat Water
Second Mash 155°F 80 28.00 Gallons
7.5 ozBourbon
6 ozTequila
3 ozCoke (the Soda)
3 lbsAgave Nectar
10dried Shiitake Mushrooms (soaked in the spirits)
8 TbspShelled Hemp Seeds
4 TbspPoppy Seeds
??Grapefruit Juice (added in secondary)

Most of the Bourbon was provided from the very last stash of Falcon Steve Sult. Steve, who passed away just before the debut of the first Gonzo, was a fan of the goofier ideas that the club comes up with.

The extras (minus the squeezed out mushrooms and grapefruit juice) were added en masse at 5 minutes to the end of the boil.

The recipe is derived from a Best Of Show Winning Barleywine that Drew brewed up way back call Fat Man #3. While changing the hops around to a more American approach and preparing to brew the beer for a young appearance at the SCHF, Hunter Thompson, the Great Doctor of Gonzo Journalism, committed suicide. The course of brewing had to be altered and thus was born the idea of celebrating Hunter with a beer made of all of his "favorite" things. Debuted at the 2005 SCHF and since re-brewed, this beer has proven to be stupidly popular with folks. (Kegs were drained in 3 hours a piece at two SCHF's)

Would also like to note that this beer was brewed the day after Woodland Hills hit a record 119°F! Fortunately, the brew crew had the shelter of the clubhouse to run to in our attempts to stay cool.


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