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Old 11-24-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hey all,

So I prepared extensively for Thanksgiving by brewing up a dunkelweizen (finishing up carbing as we speak). BUT I realized I hadn't given ANY thought to Christmas. Seeing as it's probably too late to brew a bigger beer, I had the idea of brewing up a spiced beer with a lower OG.

Would I completely destroy the flavor of an English Mild with spices? I know that I'd have to use them gingerly (no pun intended)... and if so, what would you suggest for a 5 gallon batch?



 
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good plan to me, agreed on the subtle spicing.

Another option would be to over-spice the mild, and then blend it to taste with a bigger beer that you already have aging.


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Old 11-24-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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Extra subtle spicing...

 
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:54 PM   #4

I can't read this.

Please don't destroy a lovely delicate mild. Oh the humanity!

 
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:19 PM   #5
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OK, so after further thought I decided on something interesting... I found some weird Celestial Seasonings that has the flavor of sugar cookies.

Yes, sugar cookies.

Its ingredients consist of roasted barley, vanilla, orange peel and milk thistle. It's flavor (as a tea) is subtle but delicious.

In Papazian's book, he has a recipe for a beer with another Celestial Seasonings tea... I figure that adding 2 oz. to the end of the boil for my mild will work.

I'm excited!



 
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