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biochemedic 05-27-2012 01:35 PM

12 Beers of Christmas 2012!
 
Hello all! I'm going to bite and will volunteer as organizer this year...

For the unfamiliar, here's the concept...(you can also check out last year's thread):

- 12 different brewers each brew one of the "12 Beers of Christmas" -- recipes from Randy Mosher's book Radical Brewing.
- We each send the other 11 brewers a few (last year it was three 12 oz longnecks to each).

If you do the math, you will need to bottle most of your batch in 12 oz bottles, as you will be sending 33 beers out, and will be receiving 33 beers in return. I'd like to get an early a start this year (I'm already brewing the Caramel Quad...) as many of these beers do need a bit of aging, being stronger beers. I've actually saved some from last year to drink this year! You could brew at any point now, the earlier the better for some recipes. Assuming you bottle carb/condition, and your not bottling from a keg, you should be thinking about bottling by late Oct/early Nov at the latest. We'll be talking about shipping sometime right after Thanksgiving/first week of December.

It does cost a bit to mail out all the boxes, but it was definitely worth it for me last year -- a great experience to share and experience others' homebrew, and some great experimental recipes!

If any interested brewers don't have access to the book, PM me and I can forward the recipes. Note that a couple of these are lagers, so please, any lager-capable brewers concentrate on those...



Here are the beers:

1) Caramel Quadrupel (biochemedic) Silver cap w/ black 'Q'
2) Spiced Cherry Dubbel (Pint_destroyer)
3) Spiced Dunkel Weizenbock (MasterJeem) N/A - MIA brewer
4) Juniper Rye Bock (dgez) Silver cap w/ black 'J'
5) Fruitcake Old Ale (SavoryChef) Fancy Label: 'Fruitcake Old Ale'
6) Saffron Tripel (Piratwolf) White Label: 'Saffron Tripel / Saffron Strong Saison' w/ OG/FG/yeast strain notation
7) Christmas Gruit (Shuznuts) Fancy Label: 'Christmas Gruit'
8) Honey Ginger IPA (RedBeard1) Fancy Label: 'Thistlehair'
9) Crabapple Lambicky Ale (Clanchief) Fancy Label: 'Crabapple Lambicky Ale'
10) Gingerbread Ale (sfrisby) Fancy Label: 'Gingerbread Porter,' waxed cap
11) Spiced Bourbon Stout (Draygon)
12) Abbey Weizen (jtakacs) Silver cap w/ black '33'

EDIT: I will start posting the names of volunteer brewers next to the respective recipes once they commit to being part of the project. In interest of fairness, I'm going to make this first come first served when it comes to recipe choice. If there's enough interest; ie, a lot of the brewers from last year also want to do this again, we could consider making a second 12 brewer group and just have 2 separate lists...

MasterJeem 05-27-2012 02:15 PM

this is something i could definitely get into... a friend and i are already planning a christmas braggot that we've come up with, but i wouldn't mine trying my hand at that spiced dunkel weizenbock.

my only question, what are the laws about mailing out bottles of beer?

Rivenin 05-27-2012 02:26 PM

USPS is a no no, fedex and UPS are okay.

i'd love to do this, but the cost of it is out of my hands :(

Piratwolf 05-27-2012 02:45 PM

I am in for the Saffron Tripel. Wanted to do last Year's brew, but had just started AG and didn't feel confident. Now I'm excited!

I expect I'll brew a couple small-batch triples this summer to get that down, then use my favorite as the base. Ho Ho Ho!

MicroBrewMaster 05-27-2012 03:06 PM

What's a round about price to ship three bottles?

Stephonovich 05-27-2012 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MicroBrewMaster (Post 4120616)
What's a round about price to ship three bottles?

Through UPS, maybe $10. Adds a little if it's out of the their normal delivery routes.

biochemedic 05-27-2012 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MicroBrewMaster (Post 4120616)
What's a round about price to ship three bottles?

I ended up spending about $115 on shipping altogether.

biochemedic 05-27-2012 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MasterJeem (Post 4120540)
my only question, what are the laws about mailing out bottles of beer?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rivenin (Post 4120553)
USPS is a no no, fedex and UPS are okay.

This is generally true...my understanding is that USPS is "illegal," and while the other shippers may not encourage shipping beer, at least you're not going to run afoul of federal law. Generally speaking if you show up with a well wrapped, sealed package, they aren't even going to ask questions. I'd say this assumes you wrap and pad things properly, and don't have a package that sloshes or clinks/clanks.

There was one participant last year who mailed some USPS, and I thought it was pretty ballsy...worked fine though, and I have to say I noted that their shipping rates were a fair bit lower than what it cost me to mail to them.

usfmikeb 05-27-2012 08:59 PM

I read somewhere that the USPS rules are being revised.

I did this last year, and it was great trying all the different beers. I actually saved one of each, and have them cellared for this year.

biochemedic 05-28-2012 12:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stephonovich (Post 4120625)
Adds a little if it's out of the their normal delivery routes.

I also was remembering that if you can ship to a business instead of a residence, it's significantly cheaper...so for those who end up being part of the project, if you have a business address that you can receive packages at, it will help out your fellow brewers cost-wise...


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