BernerBrau's Big Holiday Spice Ale
ZOMG WHAT'S BROWNIE DOING OUTSIDE THE TAP ROOM?
Since I've been brewing 2 years and haven't done a holiday spice brew yet, and have to start skimping on cash until I buy a house later this year, I thought I'd go out with a bang. I also refuse to not write my own recipe. This has bitten me a few times but it has also resulted in some fabulous batches. So, here's the scoop:
Boil Size: 8 gal
Batch Size: 5 gal
Boil Time: 120 min
1lb Crystal 10L
1lb Crystal 60L
1lb Flaked Wheat
5oz Light Munich
3oz Pale Chocolate
Infusion @ 155F
Decoction Mashout @ 170F
Fly or Batch Sparge to collect 8 gallons
1oz Northern Brewer @ 60
1oz Willamette @ 20
1oz Willamette @ 7
2g Black Pepper, cracked (15 minutes)
1/2oz Ginger Root, sliced (10 minutes)
1 Cinnamon Stick, whole (5 minutes)
1oz Cardamom, cracked (5 minutes)
1oz Coriander, cracked (5 minutes)
2 Vanilla Beans, diced (In Secondary)
1 month in primary
4 months aging in secondary
Bottled or Kegged at 5 months
This should be very easy to convert to a PM, just by subbing most of the 2-row for extra light extract. Should be ready just in time for S*cr*t S*nt*, if you catch my drift ;)
Might have to go with this one. Me and a buddy are doing a group day and looking for a winter spiced ale. Hoping someone else will chime in. AS you know I have no concept of recipe formulation.
I've never done a spice beer before. I believe I've done appropriately subtle spice amounts, but I'm hoping for spice beer veterans to chime in soon.
If you do brew it, IP, I may have to force you to send me some, because due to the impending move I may not actually be able to brew it in time for the holidays :(
Why 4 months in the secondary?
Tried it yet? How did it turn out?
Have not gotten around to brewing the damn thing.
I moved from an apartment to a house, got a keg setup, and kegged my fermenting beers, but now I'm on a brewing hiatus until my wife's in a good enough mood to ask her if I can spend an additional $300 on a second freezer, temp controller, propane burner, and charcoal filter.
And I haven't paid the first mortgage payment yet either, so.... :drunk:
Good choice of hops for this brew. I brewed a similar holiday ale a couple of weeks ago, and would personally go with a little less of the crystal/caramel malts and maybe use higher lovibond crystals (crystal 40 and 80/120). Also wanted mine to be a little maltier, so went with Maris Otter and Munich 20L.
Also mashed lower (151-152) since I wanted a slightly drier beer.
Not sure about the cracked black pepper (I subbed nutmeg and allspice in its place), but all in all looks like a tasty recipe!!
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