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Old 06-03-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - BernerBrau's Big Holiday Spice Ale

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: 1056
Yeast Starter: None
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 2 packets 1056
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.016
IBU: 36.6
Boiling Time (Minutes): 128
Color: 14.47
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 28 @ 70
Additional Fermentation: 4 months aging
Tasting Notes: We'll find out, won't we?

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

GRAIN BILL

8lb 2-row
1lb Crystal 10L
1lb Crystal 60L
1lb Flaked Wheat
8oz CaraPils
5oz Light Munich
3oz Pale Chocolate

MASH SCHEDULE

Infusion @ 155F
Decoction Mashout @ 170F
Fly or Batch Sparge to collect 8 gallons

HOP SCHEDULE

1oz Northern Brewer @ 60
1oz Willamette @ 20
1oz Willamette @ 7

SPICES

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)

FERMENTATION

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
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:11 PM   #3
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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

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:44 PM   #4
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Why 4 months in the secondary?

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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Why 4 months in the secondary?
Biggish beer, mellow out the spices. (And everyone talks about a long aging time for holiday beers so I figured there were other reasons... )
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:46 PM   #6
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Tried it yet? How did it turn out?

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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....

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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....
Hey Bernerbrau, I was the one that had the brew day with IP back in July. We didn't end up brewing your recipe, but brewed this one instead: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/grea...8/#post1429493. It isn't real similar, but it is a holiday ale. I ended up bottling it as I didn't have any open kegs and cracked one open a few weeks ago. It turned out pretty good although after looking at your recipe I wonder how the pepper and vanilla would have spiced it up. Let me know if you end up brewing a batch before the holidays as I wouldn't mind trading a few bottles to see the how the differing spices affected the end product.
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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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