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Beer Style: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer (21B)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer


During the boil the spices combined with orange peel and malt made the house smell really good---kind of like a beer fruit cake. After smelling and tasting the wort, I think I've identified one of the Secret ingredients in Anchor's Christmas Ale: cardamom. I'm guessing they use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per five gallons.


  • 7-1/2 pounds, Klages malt
  • 1-1/2 pounds, crystal malt (90L)
  • 1/4 pounds, chocolate malt
  • 1/4 pound, black patent malt
  • 1/2 pound, dextrin powder
  • 1/2 cup, molasses
  • 1 teaspoon, cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon, cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon, ginger
  • grated rind of 4 oranges
  • 1-1/2 ounces, Nugget hops (boil)
  • 1 ounce, Willamette hops (finish)
  • Whitbread ale yeast
  • 1/2 cup, molasses (priming)

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.045
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Mash grains. Add dextrin (I was out of Cara-pils), 1/2 cup molasses, spices, boiling hops, and orange peel. Boil 1 hour. Add finishing hops in last few minutes. Strain into fermenter. Cool and pitch yeast.


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