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Old 07-07-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hey All -

So, I'm trying to think ahead, and use my new hobby to make some good Christmas presents. I figured, given the typical types of beer that are good for Christmas, I'm going to need to get started on it real early to make sure it has time to condition. I was hoping to make a good Oktoberfest for the fall, but apparently you usually have to start those back in March if you want a good turn-out.

Does anybody have any ideas as to any good brews I can make up for the Christmas season given the time window I have? Keep in mind, I am not yet set up for AG brews, but if you have a "must-try" AG recipe, post it anyway for other people's benefits.

Thanks!

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Old 07-07-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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Next month I plan on making an Oaked Bourbon Porter extract kit from Northernbrewer and adding a few vanilla beans in secondary.
Im going to dip the neck of the bottles in red wax and give them away at Christmas time.

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Old 07-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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I can't speak for the Porter w/ Vanilla Beans (however, it does sound good), but I love that wax idea. How would the recipients get the caps off? Is that a lot of trouble?

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Old 07-07-2009, 05:35 PM   #4
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I just checked out the kit you're talking about, it does sounds pretty great, and I think the Vanilla Bean addition is a nice touch. Make sure to let me know how it turns out in case I go with something else.

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Old 07-07-2009, 05:55 PM   #5
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I have a recipe on file that I will do this year, it's a Holiday Cheer that includes:

Cascade hops for bittering and finishing
honey
grated ginger
cinnamon sticks
grated orange peel


Can't wait!!

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Old 07-07-2009, 06:05 PM   #6
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Troeg's Mad Elf Clone:

15 lbs. Belgian Pils
1 lbs. German Light Munich
.125 lbs. Belgian Chocolate Malt
3 lbs. Honey

.5 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 60 min.
.25 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 30 min.
.5 oz. Hallertau (Whole, 4.50 %AA) boiled 10 min.

White Labs WLP570 Belgian Golden Ale

Add 5 lbs of Bing cherries to 2ndary.
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Find a clone for either SN Celebration or Magic Hat Roxy Rolles. My two favorite seasonal brews. Hands down.

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If anyone has a Young's Winter Warmer recipe, please share! That is my seasonal fave.

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Any winter warmer or fruity barleywine would be good. Look for mini-mash recipes.

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I just made the same post a few days ago, I'm looking to attempt a Scaldis Noel clone:

#9.5 Maris Otter
#9 2-Row Pale
#2 Clear Candi Sugar

1.5oz Kent Goldings 90 Min
0.5oz Styrian Goldings 15 Min
0.5oz Kent Goldings 5 Min
.25 Kent to Secondary (Dry Hop)

Pitch with Wyeast 1388 Belgian Strong. It's a big beer, and needs a bit of time to finish. I'm going to attempt it in the next week or so, and it will need 6 months at the very least to age, so I dont even know if I'll hand them out for the holidays..

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