Just wanted to post an upcoming brew I have scheduled, both for some critique & simply to share:
'Naughty or Nice' Winter Warmer (5gal Partial Mash)
Malt (60min single step @ 154F, batch sparge @ 170F, ~70% Eff)
2.00# US Two Row
1.00# Crystal 120
1.00# Special B
6.6# Light Malt Extract (60min boil)
1oz Chinook 12.7% (60m)
1oz Willamette 4.5% (10m)
Vanilla, Star Anise (flash)
Orange Peel, Nutmeg (secondary)
Wyeast Laboratories. Belgian Strong Ale 1388
Not sure of amounts or schedule for spices yet - suggestions are welcomed.
Also, I don't have any experience with this yeast - will I be ok just smacking & pitching? or is a starter necessary?