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Old 08-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default Is it too early to brew a winter warmer?

I'm thinking I want to brew my high gravity winter beer right now so it can get some good bottle conditioning time. I'm thinking something that will be delicious around January on a very cold night, or after a long day of skiing.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a recipe like that? I've never done a winter beer before (I usually just brew IPA's and the like)

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Old 08-30-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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I brewed mine a month ago, an old ale that is now in the secondary with Brett from Orval bottles, I will add oak chips in a couple of months.

I figured that brewing early would give the brett some time to work its magic.

I got the recipe from Brewing Classic Styles then tweaked the hops and grains to my liking.

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Old 08-30-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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It's not too early IMO. That stuff tends to last a while in the bottle. That actually sounds like a good brew for me make! I'll have to do a search for a recipe when I got more free time today. I'm still banging my head on trying to figure out why the new Windows 7 Computers won't connect to our accounting software via ODBC...

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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How do the winter Warner's generally work? Is it like a classic spiced ale, or just a big bold stout? I remember Celebration being delicious, but I also love New Belgiums Frambozen and Two Below, all of which are completely different...

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I brewed mine back in late June, been bottled for a couple weeks now.
8.5% Old Ale

No time like the present!

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I brewed mine last November and hoped to enjoy it late in February. It was good but still a bit harsh. I have tried one occasionally and they are still getting better.

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I brewed my wee heavy last December and an old ale shortly after that. Both should be ready for drinking before the end of this year.

IMO, you're either starting too late, or on time. I wouldn't go much longer before brewing it up. Especially if its going to be in the range to be a real 'warmer' brew.

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I brewed mine early this month. I don't plan on tapping it until close to Christmas.

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I'm thinking I want to brew my high gravity winter beer right now so it can get some good bottle conditioning time. I'm thinking something that will be delicious around January on a very cold night, or after a long day of skiing.
You're in CO. Don't you have winter like 8 months out of the year?

A winter warmer here would mean a cream ale.
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I'm with golddiggie on this.

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