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Old 10-07-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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Hey gang,

I am brewing an AG Spiced Christmas Ale next weekend and would like some advice on the recipe

We are looking for a very flavorfull ale, not too hoppy and want the spices to just... be there, not overpowering.

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10 lbs Maris Otter
8.0 oz Crystal malt 120L
8.0 oz Caravienne Malt
4 oz Honey Malt
2.0 oz Roasted Barley
2.0 oz Special B
2.0oz Cinnamon
1.5oz All Spice
1.0oz Nutmeg
1.5 oz Glacier for 60 mins
1.0 oz of Willamette for 1 min
WLP002 yeast

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Old 10-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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I like the grain bill and hop schedule. But if you don't want the spices to be overpowering, scale down. Using a total of 1 tablespoon (say one teaspoon of each spice), will give it a subtle spice flavor. You can always add more later in the fermenter or at bottling, but you can't take spices out.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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That's a good idea to consider adding some to the fermentor if we want a bit more.

When is it best to add the spices? I have them currently being added with 5 mins remaining in the boil.

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...When is it best to add the spices? I have them currently being added with 5 mins remaining in the boil.

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That seems about right.
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