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Old 10-09-2013, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default Help me with finaly making a Granville Island winter ale Clone , any help is good.

So iv been trying to find a clone recipe for GIB winter ale. Its a good one and no one seems to have a recipe for it.
I found one person on here that had one from Dan's home brewing in Vancouver, where I first started learning how to brew actually , but was a little disappointed with it just from looking . Who knows maybe it is good and I'm trying way to hard. Anyhow ill post a link to my Brewtoad recipe for both Dans which i took and punched in to the calculator and my own which I made using different sources saying what makes there beer so great.Its for a Partial Mash

heres a quick copy of one thing which seems to be off of wiki :

"I was up there last summer, but I didn't get to try the winter ale. Here is what I found on Wikipedia:

Lions Winter Ale - Crystal, Vienna & Munich malts come together to give Lions Winter Ale the body and richness of a robust ale, with a sweet caramel flavour. Specialty hops such as Wilamette, Czech and German Spalt, infuse the aroma. Bavarian Purity Law standards are observed until the filtration stage, at which point real caramel, vanilla and chocolate are added to give this beer a smooth vanilla like finish. "

also the GIB website states it has a ibu of 22
gravity of 2.4
and is 5.5 %

So here is my own recipe which i think i will be brewing in the next week so any input would be awesome. that is especially about the amount of the different grains, type of yeast and whatever else :
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/granville-island-winter-ale-clone-2-on-my-own

here is Dans Home brewing vancouver recipe for the GIB winter ale:
http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/gib-winter-ale-dans-hb-clone

Thanks and i hope we can all make an awesome clone recipe for this great beer. everyone's input is appreciated


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Old 11-17-2013, 11:54 PM   #2
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I'm so happy to see this thread

Starting my first all grain brew, going to BIAB, and Granville's winter ale is the style I want.

How did the brew go? Would you make any changes to the recipe?

Gravity readings? How's it look now?

I'm going to do something similar in the next week


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Old 11-20-2013, 02:21 AM   #3
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Also, here is a further description of the beer from the brewers website:

Caramel malt aromas dominated by cocoa and vanilla. Complex layers of vanilla, bready malts, toffee, cocoa bean and a slight nuttiness. Moderate hop bitterness gives balance so that sweeter flavours do not overwhelm.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:05 AM   #4
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Just bottled this last week. Brewed BIAB. OG was 1.065 and finished 1.010. Taste pre-bottling was good. Just need it to mellow a bit while it carbonates. I didn't have a secondary so I added vanilla soaked vodka to the primary at 10 days. I can't wait to try it in another week or two.
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Just bottled this last week. Brewed BIAB. OG was 1.065 and finished 1.010. Taste pre-bottling was good. Just need it to mellow a bit while it carbonates. I didn't have a secondary so I added vanilla soaked vodka to the primary at 10 days. I can't wait to try it in another week or two.
Well iv actually been unable to brew for the last few months. moving around,money ,life, blahblahblah. Started an Ipa yesterday finaly. Im sad i didnt get around to making this GIB winter ale. Anyhow im going to start playing around with it now and hopfully have an awsome beer for next season.

So what one did you make , the dans recipe or the one iv put together?
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:05 AM   #6
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Not normally one to resurrect an old thread, but this seems the closest I've found to a recipe for Lion's Winter Ale. My wife and I want to brew this to give out as a Christmas gift and I'm actually thinking ahead (we talk about this each year around December 1). Did this work out for anybody?? Cheers.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:15 PM   #7
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I sort of combined the two recipes and did all grain BIAB. One thing I found was that although it had the vanilla it was a little lacking in some flavor and body of the original. It was also too dark. If I had it to do over again I might skip the chocolate malt and add Crystal 120 for color and a little more sweetness and body. I also read recently somewhere that they also add some chocolate to the beer.

I think anyway you go if you follow the recipes at the top you'll get a great approximation.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:21 AM   #8
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Well I gave this one a go tonight, as Christmas is coming quickly (boo). I've had a month to get everything ready, and then as I go to weigh grain I realize I didn't have Munich, I had Caramel Munich. Since I leave for a race this week and then right to work I wouldn't be able to brew again until the 16th, so I had to throw something together tonight to see if it'll turn out. Since I was burning time fast, I quickly Googled and came up with somewhat of an attempt at a Munich replacement. Time will tell.

6lb 8 oz 2-row
1.6lb Vienna (would have gone more but it's all I had)
1 lb Crystal 60
1 lb Crystal 120
0.5 lb Amber
0.25 lb melanoiden
1 oz Saaz (60 min)
1 oz Williamette (60 min)
2 oz Baker's White Chocolate
0.5 oz Tettnanger (5 min)

OG 1.57 (BS calculated it at 1.53.) Pitched White Labs 002 after a 2 day starter.

I have 20 Madagascar Vanilla beans that just showed up, I'm going to try 3 of them, split down the middle in the secondary. But that won't be until part way through next month before I can transfer. I'm going to try and read up on cinnamon tonight, as I bought sticks. I just don't know if I should have added them already, or if they can secondary.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:55 PM   #9
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My only concern is adding real caramel into it due to the fats & oil or am I over thinking this.
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what about using some biscuit malt in this? That would definitely add a touch of breadyness. Otherwise this recipe looks awesome. When are you putting in the white chocolate?


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