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Old 11-12-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Howdy,

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# CaraPils
1.00# Victor
1.00# Crystal 120
1.00# Special B
6.6# Light Malt Extract (60min boil)

Hops
1oz Chinook 12.7% (60m)
1oz Willamette 4.5% (10m)

Spices
Vanilla, Star Anise (flash)
Orange Peel, Nutmeg (secondary)

Yeast
Wyeast Laboratories. Belgian Strong Ale 1388

Stats
OG 1.078
FG 1.019
26 SRM
26 IBU
~8% ABV

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?

Thanks all

Cheers!

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Old 11-12-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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IMHO Crystal 120 & Special B are VERY similar. I'd cut each in half because 2 lbs of crystal will be really sweet. Especially with a 156 mash. Also you should definitely make a starter which you can find here: http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

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I'd drop it to 4 oz of either the 120 or the special B, then use something in the 15-40ish range ~8 oz.

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Default Winter Warmer Spices

+1 on the Special B / C120 suggestions.

Love the recipe!

Suggestion for spices. You may want to put some of those in the boil to release the flavors. For 5-gallons..

Nutmeg @ 30min (a little goes a long way.. 0.1 ounces)
Star Anise @ 30min (1 ounce)
Sweet Orange Peel @ 10-15 min (1 ounce)

Vanilla Beans (soak 2-3 beans in a vodka a few days, and pour everything into secondary)

Some comments on the yeast from other brewers, for the White Labs equivilant WLP570.

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Old 11-13-2010, 03:48 PM   #5
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awesome - thanks for the suggestions & links (helpful!)

i'm about to get my starter on this morning.

advice re: spice schedule is much appreciated.

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