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Old 06-08-2010, 05:28 AM   #1
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After a trip to Vancouver I had a chance to sample some Granville Island Brewery Lions Winter Ale. I did a search and someone else had been looking for a clone of this beer but never got any responses. I'm looking for a solid winter ale recipe that I could possibly tweak or get suggestions on modifying it. I'm looking to replicate the extremely smooth vanilla finish in the GIB beer which was perfect for sipping around the campfire.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:43 AM   #2
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Have you tried the Baltic Porter by the Alaskan Brewery in Juneau?

I have not tried the Granville Island Winter, but the ABBP has lots if vanilla and goes down nice. The Baltic Porter uses a lager technique and a lager yeast, grain bill like a porter or an export stout.

You can get vanillins out of wood aging, but you'll get some Brettanomices that way too, which you don't seem to be asking for.

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I'm brewing a clone of the GIB Winter Ale today. I got the recipe from Dan's Homebrewing Supply in Vancouver. Their recipe was for a stronger ale (about 8%) but I want to make one closer to the GIB version (5.5%).

8 Lbs. Pale male extract
Steeping Grains:
1.2 lbs. crystal
.25 lbs. carapils
.4 lbs. chocolate
.35 oz. Willamette whole (60 mins)
1 oz. Cascade (60 mins)
.5 oz. Sterling whole (Finishing)
Additional Ingredients: 3 whole vanilla beans, 1.5 lbs. 'Golden syrup', 6 oz. Molasses

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Is this the recipe they gave you or is this adjusted for 5.5%? Anyways thanks for the recipe, I may have to give it a try when I have some bottles free. I'm drinking a "winterfest ale" now which is good, but not nearly as good as the granville one.

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they adjusted it for me, but i think it'll be about 6 %

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Thanks, and btw what is golden syrup? Is that like bee hive corn syrup?

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No it's a by-product of the refining process for cane sugar, like molasses. And it's way too good, I want some for pancakes or waffles

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No it's a by-product of the refining process for cane sugar, like molasses. And it's way too good, I want some for pancakes or waffles
I'm also looking for a GIB Winter Ale clone recipe. Did yours turn out like you expected?
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It turned out good but nothing like granvilles. I haven't tried the recipe posted above yet but I've found that vanilla flavor comes out better using pure vanilla extract (not artificial) rather than vanilla beans. They're selling GIB beers regularly in my area now so when I eventually get around to working on a recipe again, I'll have something to compare it to. If I do get one nailed down I'll be sure to post it though.

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Thanks for the update. I was just in Vancouver earlier this year, and did the GIB tour on the island. The guide said the ingredient that gives it the vanilla flavor is white chocolate (which is really just a butter), not actually vanilla bean. Would love to clone that recipe!

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