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Old 06-17-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Anyone try randy mosher's Christmas ale?

Am excited to brew a seasonal ale and wondering if anyone has tried his before? Cheers.

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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That is to say the one in radical brewing.

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I brewed the one that used the brown ale base recipe with the gingerbread spice addition and it turned out great, just needed a month or two for those spices to even out. My family LOVES this beer.

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Cool. Thanks for the tip!

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Anyone done the Wassail recipe in the xmas section?

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I am going to try that Gingerbread ale idea you mentioned. I am in the Richmond area and a local brewery, Hardywood, has a Gingerbread Stout that scored 100 on BeerAdvocate that is supposed to be tasty. Great minds!

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Good luck barrister, brew now and give it a couple months to let those spices meld, let us know how it turns out.

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OP, did you end up trying Mosher's Christmas Ale? I just brewed it (I know, I'm a little behind) and I was trying to figure out if I needed to add additional priming sugar at bottling (in addition to the liquor "potion"). Any thoughts? What did you end up doing?

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I never got around to brewing it. Let me know how it turns out! As to the priming I would add the normal amount of priming sugar unless there is frrmentable sugars in the liquor potion. Good luck!

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So I ended up trying brewing the Christmas ale according to Mosher's recipe and made the 'potion' with the spices and liquors at the same time as brewing. I let the potion sit in the fridge while the beer was fermenting and then filtered the spices out of mixture using a coffee filter (this part was a PITA by the way).

I added just the prescribed amount of potion (250ml) to the bottling bucket and racked on top (which left about 400-500ml of 'spare' potion). A few weeks later, I have sampled a few of the bottles and they are only mildly carbonated.

A few take-aways:
- I probably should have added the potion on top of the beer after racking as opposed to racking on top. The bottling bucket had a strong smell of potion with some of the syrupy stuff at the bottom, so I'm not sure it mixed well with racking on top.
- The beer could probably use a little more potion (maybe in the neighborhood of 400ml total) or some priming sugar to get a bit more carbonation.

All-in-all the beer is really tasty and hella strong. It's only been bottle conditioning for a few weeks, so I think it's going to be even better in a month or so. It definitely fits with the story of "Wassail" accompanying the recipe in Mosher's book!

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