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Old 07-27-2008, 09:59 PM   #1
May 2007
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Time to brew a seasonal Winter beer! I know everyone always says make a porter or stout, but I'm not a big fan of the genre.

Anyone got any suggestions?

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Old 07-27-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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How about an old/strong ale. You could give it enough alcohol to keep you warm and throw in holiday spices if that's your thing.

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Old 07-27-2008, 10:14 PM   #3
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I like a thick and creamy pumpkin spiced ale or an oktoberfest style ale. Also, I consider hefe's to be summer beers but I think witbier recipes can be adjusted to make it a nice winter beer. (bump up the gravity and spice levels)
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:36 PM   #5
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Coastamarine that pumpkin spiced cream sounds tasty. got a recipe?
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:26 PM   #6
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a lot of winter ales are more like spiced brown ales than stouts. you may wish to go that route.

i recently made a "black wit" that was very tasty. just made a simple belgian wit recipe and added some carafa II. good stuff.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:49 PM   #7
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I think a nice spiced brown ale like D. Brewer said sounds like a good combo.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:11 AM   #8
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I think a nice spiced brown ale like D. Brewer said sounds like a good combo.
+3, I was going to do that for my nut brown but got lazy ...next time.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:12 AM   #9
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:16 AM   #10
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I'm going to do a Anchor Steam Christmas Ale clone...not sure if someone has a recipe to get me started. It's a damn fine brew, and a tasty winter treat!


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