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tonyc318 09-26-2012 04:49 AM

What to brew for Christmas gifts?
My wife and I are trying to do some home made things for Christmas gift this year and of course we thought it a great idea to give away some homebrew. I want to brew up a 10 gallon batch, but can't decide on a good ale to brew for a diverse selection of people. Ideas?

y2jrock60 09-26-2012 05:10 AM

I just brewed a hard cider for the coming of fall. It was very simple and actually quite delicious. Friends that normally hate beer seem to love it too. I made the Graff Malty, Slightly hopped cider in the recipe section of the site. I used Saaz hops and substituted sugar for one of the pounds of dme. I also added 2 tablespoons of cinnamon to the mini mash and added a few sticks to the carboy.

gratus fermentatio 09-26-2012 12:02 PM

+ 1 on a cider or graff. Last year I gave out graff & it was a hit. Made it extra malty with honey malt, 2 row & caramunich added to the crystal 60. Used US Goldings hops, also added 4 cans FAJC & 2 cans FWGJC (6 gallon batch). Bottled in 1 liter fliptops & used simple B&W labels.

This weekend I'll be brewing up another version of graff with oats & Munich malt with a couple oz of molasses, maybe some caraway seed too; though I've been toying with the idea of adding a bit of brewer's licorice.
Regards, GF.

tonyc318 09-26-2012 09:49 PM

Any recipes examples for some graff? I recently saw the BTV episode about it. Interesting.

mbauer013 09-26-2012 09:50 PM

I have two selections, a really good pale ale to those who do not really drink craft beer, and a RIS for those that do. The down side is the stout is brewed a year before so it is aged appropriately to give out.

tonyc318 09-28-2012 05:20 PM

Any other thoughts on beers to brew for Christmas gift?

Sacdan 09-28-2012 11:04 PM

Brew a dark Christmas Ale. I use Cinnamon and fresh Ginger in mine.

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