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Winter Warmer

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Winter Warmer

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Beer Style: Old Ale  (19A)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Old Ale


I thought that I'd try a "Winter Warmer". I thought about using some specialty malts, but figured anything they might add would be overwhelmed by the malt and alcohol.

This mades a very dark Strong Ale. I took this to the same friend's Christmas party this past year along with an extract/ specialty malt Christmas ale (spices, oranges, etc.) Once again, both were emptied. However, those who had thought the stout was too dark/heavy/chewy had no problem drinking this dark strong ale, which was quite dark and very potent!


  • 8 lbs Dogbolter hopped malt extract syrup
  • 3 lbs rice syrup
  • 1 tsp Irish moss
  • Brewer's Choice 1056 (American Ale) liquid yeast (in a pint of starter)

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Bring 5 gallons of water to a boil. Add syrups, stirring vigorously until dissolved to avoid scorching. Boil for 15 minutes, adding Irish moss for final 5 minutes. Cool. Strain into carboy. Pitch yeast. Rack to secondary after about a week. After two weeks, rack to 5-gallon keg. Force carbonate. Chill to cellar temperature and serve.