Brewed this today. I made a few changes from the original recipe.
Subbed 1/2# of Belgian Aromatic (~100L) for the Crystal 120. Did this because my LHBS was unhappy with the color of the 120 they had (closer to 200L).
Changed the Belgian Candy out for about 1# of molasses.
Cinnamon- 5 sticks (10 min)
Ginger - 1/2 tsp (10 min)
Allspice - 1 tsp (10 min)
Nutmeg - 1 tsp (10 min)
Cloves - small handful (maybe 15) whole cloves (10 min)
Sweet Orange - 1/2 oz
I ended up boiling for closer to 90 minutes because I ended up with more runoff than my pot could handle at once. I mixed the molasses (one 12fl oz jar) with the extra wort and added it slowly as there was room in the pot. Ended up with 5.5 gallons from maybe 8 gallons of runnings. The extra time for the spices was do to a screw up on my part. Put the chiller coil in a bit late so I may end up a bit more spicy than I hoped.
This stuff smells and tastes almost like gingerbread cookies and is a beautiful deep red (no brown!
). OG was right on at 1.062. Can't wait for this to finish up! Should be a great fireside winter warmer.
Pol - my color came out just a bit darker than yours in the picture but still red. You're right that it looks black in the fermenter!