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Old 11-04-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Great Holiday Ale Extract Recipe

I am now an All Grain brewer but a few months ago I started this brew and just tried my first bottle today. WOW is it good. 7%+ ABV


3.3 lbs. Plain Amber Malt Extract
2 lbs. Plain Amber Dry Malt Extract
2# honey @ 30 minutes
8 oz. Crushed Crystal Malt
1 oz. Willamette Hops (Bittering @60)
1oz Cascade at 30 minutes
1 oz. Willamette Hops (Finishing@ Flame Out)
2 whole cloves @ 60 minutes
4 cinnamon sticks at 60 minutes
1 whole nutmeg, smashed at 60 minutes
1 large nub fresh ginger roughly chopped at 60 minutes
5 # chopped tart apples sanitized and added to primary
64 oz unpast apple cider added to secondary


nottingham ale yeast

1 week in primary
1 months in secondary
bottle and carb

I bottled this a week ago..I had to sneak one...so good

OG 1.069 before all the juice and apples

FG 1.017


I think AG..now I would go with 10# pale, 1 # amber, some roasted barley and a little oats.......but for an extract holiday brew..it is very nice.

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:18 AM   #2
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What amount do you think it would take to replace the apples with tart cider in the knockout?

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Old 10-10-2010, 05:38 PM   #3
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What amount do you think it would take to replace the apples with tart cider in the knockout?
I think a gallon would be great! THis beer ages nicely, I just had one yday...really nice.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:24 PM   #4
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Thinking about making this recipe... how did it end up turning out? This will be my first time brewing without ordering a kit and just going off a recipe....any tips?

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Old 11-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #5
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Thinking about making this recipe... how did it end up turning out? This will be my first time brewing without ordering a kit and just going off a recipe....any tips?
You will love the beer, but give it time. The more time the better. I think from a yeast perspective, that WLP001 or Pacman would be a better choice then nottingham......or even dry english ale (WLP007)

Also, I would add the honey to the end of the boil, or even better...mix it with the apple juice and add to secondary! You want to keep that honey flavor. Ohh...and the crystal was C50...but use what you like

As I look, the spices should be at the end of the boil too....
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Can you describe the taste? There is a surprising amount of apples

Also, what did you do to sanitize the apples?

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Can you describe the taste? There is a surprising amount of apples

Also, what did you do to sanitize the apples?
It is actually quite dry, like a mix between apfelwein and an amber spiced ale. I diced up my apples and simply rinsed them off with tapwater. When the fermentation was over the yeast had ate up all the sugars from within the apple cubes and left me with cubes of flavorless mushy apples. It was pretty cool.
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You will love the beer, but give it time. The more time the better. I think from a yeast perspective, that WLP001 or Pacman would be a better choice then nottingham......or even dry english ale (WLP007)

Also, I would add the honey to the end of the boil, or even better...mix it with the apple juice and add to secondary! You want to keep that honey flavor. Ohh...and the crystal was C50...but use what you like

As I look, the spices should be at the end of the boil too....
Perfect! I've been looking for something to do with my Pacman and I've been wanting to make a holiday ale. I will put this on my list of considerations.
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Oh, PS, does this have a name or belong to a particular style of beers?

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Brewed this guy yesterday with your extra tips, fermentation took off within a couple hours and the house smelled amazing. One questions though...

My OG reading came out around 1.055 which seems much lower than the 1.069 you stated. The juice hasn't been added yet, but you did mention your reading was before the apples were added ( measured after) but i didnt think this would effect the reading very much.

I stirred the carboy for a good 3.5-4 min so i didnt think that it would be an issue of mixing the extract/wort with added topwater. Any ideas? I was under the impression with extract it was tough to miss your SG. Thanks!

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