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Old 12-05-2007, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Can anybody approximate Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice?

I had Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice at a bar the other night and absolutely loved it. Does anybody have any similar recipes? It's not as bitter or spicy as other winter ales I've had. It has this really unique sweet finish that lingers on your palate.

Anyway, thanks for any help you might have.

Oh, and just to add another element of fun, I'm only doing extract brewing at the moment. I know I won't be able to capture all the complexities of most beers but I have been able to make some fantastic batches and would love to be able to approximate this particular beer.

Thanks again.

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Old 12-06-2007, 02:19 PM   #2
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You and me both. I have looked and looked, no luck. The winter is the same recipe as the summer, but the summer is a lighter grain bill. AWESOME beer.

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I can't help much except to tell you that I perceive a boatload of vanilla in that beer. It's like dessert. I can't have more than one.

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Yeah I think I might just throw in some cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, and caramel extract into a malty dark ale and hope for the best.

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I have no idea if this is going to get close to the Winter Solstice, but I'm going to try it and see what happens. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know!

Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
12.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 83.33 %
2.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 13.33 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 3.33 %

0.67 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 16.3 IBU
0.67 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (30 min) Hops 12.5 IBU
0.67 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) Hops -

1.00 tsp Cinnamon (Ground) (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.00 tsp Nutmeg (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.00 tsp Vanilla Extract (Boil 5.0 min) Misc

Beer Profile
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.57 gal
Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.019 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.15 %
Bitterness: 27.7 IBU
Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 15.4 SRM

Mash Schedule
Mash: 4.5 gallons for 90 minutes @ starting temperature of 172* f
Batch Sparge 1: 2.5 gallons for 15 minutes @ 170* f
Batch Sparge 2: 1.5 gallons for 15 minutes@ 170* f

Notes:
- That's 8.5 gallons to start, accounting for 1 gallon lost to grain absorption, 1.5 gallons lost in the boil, and .5 gallon muck at the bottom of the pot after the boil for a total batch size of 5.5 gallons. (Or are you supposed to include that stuff at the bottom of the pot?)
- I didn't quite hit 75% efficiency on my first all grain batch (OG was supposed to be 1.058 and I came in at 1.052, although I drew it mostly from the top of the bucket). Regardless, I upped the grains a bit to make sure I matched or exceeded the 6.9% ABV of the AV Winter Solstice.
- Also, I'm planning on reusing part or all of the White Labs California Ale Yeast from my Chocolate Hazelnut Porter that I'm transferring to secondary. Hopefully that will add a little bit to the flavor complexity.

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Anything come of this? With a wee nip in the air, my mind is turning to something along the lines of Winter Solstice or NB's 2 Below for a 'round the fire warmer!

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Anything come of this? With a wee nip in the air, my mind is turning to something along the lines of Winter Solstice or NB's 2 Below for a 'round the fire warmer!
In my experience, AV's Winter Solstice has been a spectacular beer at times, and very average other times. This recipe turns out extremely well and is relatively close to the spectacular Solstice, but isn't dead on.

It's been awhile since I've had either the good Solstice or this homebrew so I forget what I'd do differently. I think the spice notes are close but the yeast strain could use a change. I'm not sure what AV's house yeast strain is but a high-flocculating British strain could be the trick. The hops are pretty subtle so as long as you don't use anything too bold you could sub many varieties for the Amarillo.
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Sounds interesting! I shot the folks at AVBC an email with the recipe, asking for a yeast suggestion, and got a "tough luck, you're on your own" response.

So I think I'll give it a whirl, using maybe an extra pound of specialty grains (maybe some Special B?) and use tried and trusted Safale S04...

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Sounds interesting! I shot the folks at AVBC an email with the recipe, asking for a yeast suggestion, and got a "tough luck, you're on your own" response.

So I think I'll give it a whirl, using maybe an extra pound of specialty grains (maybe some Special B?) and use tried and trusted Safale S04...
That's too bad AVBC wasn't more helpful. I've been by there and they treated us extremely well. A pound of Special B sounds like a lot to me since it can produce a different more raisiny character than I've gotten out of the Solstice. But it might work well and compliment the other caramel malts. Anyway, let us know how it turns out.
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I too am in the search for a good clone of this beer. I would like to see 10 gallons in my kegger. OK maybe 5 gallons. I can't get the hops in this beer. They are very faint. I do agree that a british yeast may do it. Maybe a london.

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