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Old 10-02-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Default Gingerbread recipe anyone!??

hello everyone! I am a beginner in brewing, that's why I registered! My father in law asked me to do a batch of a gingerbread beer! I can't find any and I want to impress him!

Can someone help me please? It would be great.
(I don't have the equipement yet to do all grain!) thanks in advance everyone!

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #2
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I got this recipe from my LHBS, and i just bottled itlast week (my 4th batch). I have yet to taste it, but the hydrometer sample smelled/tasted very similar to gingerbread. It's a partial mash, so you'll need an extra 1.5 gallon pot and colander in addition to your brewing equipment.

4.0 lbs. Pilsen light malt extract
3.3 lbs. Munich liquid malt extract

1.0 lbs. Biscuit malt (mash)
18 oz. 10L Crystal (mash)
10 oz. Special B (mash)

1/2 oz palisades hops for 60 min
1/2 oz palisades hops for 10 min
1/2 tsp Irish moss (if used) for 15 min

2 cinnamon sticks (crushed, not ground) 7 min
12 all spice pods (crushed) 7 min
6 clove flowers (crushed) 7 min
3 slices fresh ginger about the size of a silver dollar (1 min)
1 pkg Wyeast 1728 (Scottish ale)
Priming malt for bottling (if bottling)

Heat grains and 1 gal water to 155. Hold @ 155 for 25 min
Strain grains into brew pot
Sparge (rinse) grains with 3 quarts water heated to 175
Add water to brew pot to 3+ gallon level
Add malts and extracts and until water in brew pot comes to boil
Boil for 60 min and add ingredients for time shown above
Cool to 68-70 degrees and add to primary fermentor (leave spices out) with water to 5+ gal mark
Aerate wort very well and pitch yeast.
Keep at 64-68 until fermentation is complete, and transfer to a secondary if desired.

OG - 1.068
FG - 1.018
IBU - 19



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Old 10-02-2012, 01:17 AM   #3
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That looks great! Thanks i'll try this!!

Keep me posted on your bottled batch!
Thanks again topher 79!

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Sure thing! I'll let you know how it tastes when I crack one open. Also, I was looking over the recipe and made an edit: The second hop addition should be done with 10 minutes left in the boil...

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Old 10-02-2012, 04:51 AM   #5
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Just wondering, you said it's your fourth batch of this recipe? Did it worked before or it's your fourth time you try? I have to brew this week and I dont want to miss! The father in law would not be proud!

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I meant to say that this was my fourth batch overall. I know where you are coming from with trying get some points with the father in-law...I still try and do the same thing!!! The beer smelled amazing, and the hydro sample was really good, heck the wife even liked it. The owner of the LHBS said that it was a recipe that people always came in to get and brew for the holidays. I have brewed 4 other store only recipes (Blonde, IPA, Pumpkin, Festive, and ESB) I Haven't tried the ESB yet (as I just brewed it this weekend), but all the other brews have been on point and liked by family and friends. I guess for the sake of helping a fellow brewer out, I could go home and crack one open to let you know how it's coming along, lol. The beer is still pretty green (bottled on 09/23).

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ahahaha thanks! I am at my fourth batch to! I will try a batch of a safe rasberry fruit beer recipe for my mother in law! I will score two in a row I hope! ahahah! Thanks again for your recipe! I'll keep you posted on the result! Good luck with yours!

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Last questions: how much time in fermenter? Do you suggest to do a second one? How much time in bottle?

And a 5 gallon recipe?
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1) I would leave in the primary 10 days, or until you get the same gravity reading after checking at 2-3 different times.

2) As far as the secondary goes, it's a pretty split topic here. Some do, some don't. I found it's all up to preference. Personally, I secondary my beers. I put this one in the secondary for 2.5 weeks after about 11 days in the primary.

3) I would prime with priming malt, and bottle condition for 3 weeks before drinking.

4) This recipe is for a 5 gallon batch.

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Hey bigloubrew!

So, I just cracked open one of the gingerbread brews, and wow...it's a good brew! While it's undercarbed (as it's only conditioned for 9 days), it tastes great. It has a mellow ginger and mild toast note upfront, with a bready malt note at the end. I had the wife try it, and I had to wrestle it back from her!!!! I've attached a photo of what it looks like after bottling. A couple of notes, I forgot to add Irish moss, and boiled the ginger for 7 min, not 1 min as indicated on the recipe. I think this gave it the ginger flavor I was going for.





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