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Old 08-15-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Just wondering if anybody has ever bought the Special Holiday Ale from AHS before?

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...roducts_id=354

Sounds really good, just what I'm looking for to brew this coming Christmas for the family.

Would appreciate any comments from anyone who's had this kit before!

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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I love the AHS kits...Im actually moving to all grain as soon as I can scratch together 80 to 100 bucks for a decent 10 gallon brew kettle (already built myself a mash tun)

Ive been browsing around for my first AG kits on AHS and have been looking for a good holiday style beer to brew in sept/oct so it will be aged well come xmas time

have you looked at this one yet? A good bit more expensive but this one sounds delicious too...if anyone has brewed the link below or the special holiday ale before please let me know how they turned out

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=11210

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Old 08-15-2010, 12:02 PM   #3
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I have the Holiday Ale mini-mash kit sitting in my AHS cart; I'm sure that it will be a great beer since every kit that I purchased from AHS has been outstanding.

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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I brewed my own spiced ale recipe last year and it turned out great - similar to this but with sweet orange and no cloves. I'll be doing it again this year.

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:49 PM   #5
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I made the AHS Holiday Ale last year. Brought it to the future in-laws for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. Even my mother in law who usually won't drink beer was asking for more. Its a nice drinkable all around holiday brew. Went perfect with Thanksgiving food. I bought ingredients to make up about 10 gallons of this again for the holidays, I figure why mess around.

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Old 08-15-2010, 10:22 PM   #6
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Yeah, it looks really tasty ... a nice amber ale with Christmasy spices... think it'll be good for my BMC-drinking in-laws.

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The recipe looks pretty good. One of the reviewers mentioned that the spice flavor goes away after a few months. I was thinking of kegging it and swapping it in and out of my draft lineup for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Do you think if I brewed this in September or October that it will still be spicy enough for Christmas?

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Old 08-16-2010, 02:24 PM   #8
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I'd probably not brew it too far in advance. I think I'll also add a little more spice to the mix when I get it.

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I brewed that one last summer and let it condition until Christmas. Then gave it away for presents. I loved it. The spices had really blended well and it just went over good.

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ibbones, would you consider the spiciness to be just right, or high/low? Also, did you find it to be an amber that would be "light" enough for BMC drinkers to enjoy?

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