Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Looking for a quick winter/celebration ale
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-12-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
johnboyvt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: danville, va
Posts: 5
Default Looking for a quick winter/celebration ale

I know it's a long-shot, but I've got some free time this weekend and I want to brew a winter/celebration style ale that will be ready for Christmas giving. Any ideas or recipes for something good and quick (4 weeks grain to brain)?

__________________
johnboyvt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
tre9er
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 4,372
Liked 232 Times on 196 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

You can always add an extract at packaging (bottling). Make the base recipe and then choose some extracts and play with the mix, then scale it up for the entire batch once you find it. I'm considering doing this myself. 4 weeks is plenty of time to brew and bottle, though. Better get started though. 2 weeks in a clean primary with plenty of yeast (starter or repitch fresh slurry...or multiple vials/packs if necessary) and good temp control should be fine. Then 2 more weeks in bottles in a reasonably high temp (can you do 70?). When you give them away tell the people to wait a week then put in fridge for 2 days. Some might not, but it's best.

__________________

_________________________________
Skal!
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Quote:
Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!
tre9er is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
johnboyvt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: danville, va
Posts: 5
Default

Temp control isn't an issue. Any suggestions for a recipe? I've only done 5 batches so far and all of those were pales or IPAs. This is my first dive into winter style ales and I know I'm rushing it with 4 weeks. I don't really need to do a warmer or anything with a really high ABV, just something with enough malty-ness and maybe some spices that'll be good on snow days in January.

__________________
johnboyvt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
gestyr
Just an earthbound misfit
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
gestyr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pencilvania
Posts: 408
Liked 44 Times on 36 Posts
Likes Given: 39

Default

You could try the Snow on the Range Winter Ale

http://windriverbrew.com/specialbeers.html

__________________

WWCD: What Would Chthulu Do?

gestyr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 08:16 PM   #5
tre9er
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 4,372
Liked 232 Times on 196 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

I've been eyeing the Holly ale in "Specialty Beers" recipe section, but again, get an idea for the spice profile. The beer itself you probably want to be on the sweet side (higher mash temp, gratuitous crystal malts/carapils/honey malt, etc.). I was thinking Simcoe hops because of the piney aroma, some nutmeg, ginger, clove, cinnamon, perhaps some cranberry extract. They make extracts that have multiple things combined, as well. Look around for them.

The base beer is simple. Pick something with some sweetness and perhaps some biscuity flavor, maybe some victory, or just use Marris Otter, Vienna as the base if you don't want as much on the toastiness. In your case the back-end spicing is the key.

You could start with this grain bill or something similar, though:

41% Vienna
15.4% Cystal 40
41% Pale Ale (or 2-row, or MO)

That's a nice darker base, nothing too complex but has flavor and sweetness. Mash it higher, say 155-156. Use a clean bittering hop and maybe some Simcoe at 5m to get some aroma, an ounce or two depending on how piney you want it.

Then add your extract to a small measured amount of beer once FG is reached, one drop or measure at a time. Keep track of how much you like in that amount and scale up.

I'm totally spit-balling here though. YMMV.

__________________

_________________________________
Skal!
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Quote:
Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!
tre9er is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
johnboyvt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: danville, va
Posts: 5
Default

So you are saying go for a simple base, and just spice it entirely with extracts right at bottling? Interesting.

__________________
johnboyvt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 08:49 PM   #7
tre9er
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 4,372
Liked 232 Times on 196 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnboyvt View Post
So you are saying go for a simple base, and just spice it entirely with extracts right at bottling? Interesting.
Look at the Holly Ale. If you want to go with Special B and Chocolate malt, fine, but notice the real "Christmas" comes in at packaging.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f78/holl...as-ale-145580/
__________________

_________________________________
Skal!
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Quote:
Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!
tre9er is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-12-2012, 08:51 PM   #8
johnboyvt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: danville, va
Posts: 5
Default

I'm glad I asked...Thanks for the advice.

__________________
johnboyvt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rahr Winter Warmer/Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer ReverseApacheMaster Commercial Brew Discussion 1 12-15-2011 06:37 PM
It's a celebration! KayaBrew General Beer Discussion 10 11-16-2011 03:21 PM
Help With a Quick Winter Beer??? ClarnoBrewer Recipes/Ingredients 15 10-28-2011 01:47 AM
Celebration! clemson55 General Beer Discussion 12 04-09-2008 04:45 PM