Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Another Christmas Spice question - Critique
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-15-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
Bradinator
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 655
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default Another Christmas Spice question - Critique

I imagine this is going to get beaten to death the next month or so, but I have been really trying to put together a spiced Christmas Ale that would be ready for Early-Mid December.

Here's what I have so far:

2.5 Gallon Batch size
Estimated OG: 1.061
Estimated IBU: 57.5

3.3lbs Amber LME
1.0lbs Honey (Is this too much honey for a 2.5g batch?)

1.0oz Goldings, BC @ 60min
1.0oz Cascade @ 15min


0.25oz Orange Peel @ 10min
1 cinnamon stick @ 10min
1 tsp powdered ginger @ 10min
1 tsp all spice @ 10min
1 whole clove @ 10min
2 tsp vinalla extract @ 5min


Its the spices I am not sure about! I want to make sure I get both the quantities and pitching times correct for this. I am looking to make the spice noticeable in the beer, but without overwhelming everything else.

This is my first brew using spices so any advice is appreciated.

Thanks!

__________________
Bradinator is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-16-2009, 01:54 AM   #2
cvstrat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 691
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

That is WAYYYYY too much on the spice additions. Maybe do like 1/10th at most of those, and maybe for 2 mins in the boil

__________________
cvstrat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-16-2009, 02:37 AM   #3
passedpawn
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: ☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 19,252
Liked 3479 Times on 2153 Posts
Likes Given: 2986

Default

I made 6g AG batch with 2 oz Clove, 2 oz. nutmeg, 4 oz. cinnamon and it is not too much. In fact, it is excellent. 1.090 OG.

No idea how that translates to what you have done. Just another data point for ya. G'luck.

__________________
Hey goomba I love how you dance the rumba
But take some advice paisano learn-a how to mambo
If you're gonna be a square you ain't-a gonna go anywhere.
passedpawn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-16-2009, 03:59 AM   #4
Bradinator
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 655
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

That is sort of what I based my half batch spice amounts on. Most people seemed to be throwing 1-2 oz of cinnamon, ginger, clove, etc for a 5 gallon batch. I am only using a one teaspoon, which is about 1/15th an ounce.

I am curious as to why a 2 minute boil would impart the flavours less then a 10 minute boil. I am not much of a chef so maybe its just ignorance on my part but I figured the longer the boil, the less the flavours.

__________________
Bradinator is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-16-2009, 04:06 AM   #5
jmo88
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,401
Liked 19 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

I don't worry about it until bottling. You get to taste the beer first and think it over. Also, you are less likely to over do it. I take a sauce pan full of water, boil it and make a tea and add it to the bottling bucket. I can then have a pretty good idea of what it'll do to the beer. Just keep in mind that the flavors of the spices after 3 weeks in the bottle are going to be very unbalanced and need usually well over a month to mellow.

__________________
(~):} Just a little Furthur (~):}
jmo88 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-16-2009, 04:10 AM   #6
jmo88
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,401
Liked 19 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

And I wouldn't use vanilla extract. It's much less effective Try whole vanilla beans. Just put a slice in them and steep them, then scrape out the paste from the inside and add it back to the tea.

__________________
(~):} Just a little Furthur (~):}
jmo88 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Christmas Brown...critique? pweizman Recipes/Ingredients 15 12-14-2009 08:20 PM
Spice Mix for Christmas Ale Beerthoven Recipes/Ingredients 8 12-11-2009 09:35 PM
Christmas Ale spice question Kickass Extract Brewing 22 11-05-2009 08:23 PM
Spiced Brown for Christmas - Please Critique kinnasst Recipes/Ingredients 2 09-14-2009 10:22 AM
Is it too late to brew a Christmas spice ale? BeerPressure Recipes/Ingredients 7 09-10-2009 07:11 PM