Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Xmas Beer (2011)

The holidays! Well i'm not much of a holiday person but when given the opportunity to make a holiday beer I suddenly became excited. So with a new found appreciation for being in a holiday spirit I began to formulate a recipe for a holiday beer. With no prior knowledge of this new landscape I completely "winged" it with a little help from "Brewing Classic Styles".

The recipe is as follows:

Xmas 2011 Recipe
Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Recipe Specs
Batch Size (G): 2.4
Total Grain (lb): 3.500
Total Hops (oz): 0.92
Original Gravity (OG): 1.051 (°P): 12.6
Final Gravity (FG): 1.013 (°P): 3.3
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 5.01 %
Colour (SRM): 27.3 (EBC): 53.8
Bitterness (IBU): 45.2 (Average)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 70
Boil Time (Minutes): 90

Grain Bill
3.000 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Light (85.71%)
0.250 lb Black Patent (7.14%)
0.250 lb Crystal 80 (7.14%)

Hop Bill
0.42 oz Magnum Pellet (12.5% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (Boil) (0.2 oz/Gal)
0.50 oz Magnum Pellet (12.5% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Boil) (0.2 oz/Gal)

Misc Bill

Single step Infusion at 151°F for 60 Minutes.
Fermented at 73°F with Danstar Nottingham

The beer tastes great but has some really low carbonation, The alcohol comes on a small note with the nutmeg and cinnamon coming right at the tip of the tongue. But with time this should wrap up the holiday season on a high note!

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