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Zulu's X-mas Lager

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Zulu's X-mas Lager

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

Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer


This recipe makes a golden, rather than dark, Christmas beer. With the proportions of hops and spices used, you get a complex mix of aromas, with none of them being too dominant. Other than being a lager and using various temperatures, this is a very easy brew to make. If anyone else tries it out, I'd be curious to hear the results.


  • 3.3 pound can, Munton & Fison Light Hopped Malt Syrup
  • 2--3/4 pounds (approx.), light dry malt extract
  • 2--1/2 pounds, light clover honey
  • 1 pound, crystal malt
  • 2 teaspoons, gypsum (soft water treatment)
  • 2 ounces, Cascade hops (4.5% alpha)
  • 1 ounce, Cascade hops
  • 1/2 ounce, Cascade hops
  • 1/2 ounce, Cascade hops
  • 2 teaspoons, dried ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons, dried ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons, dried ground cinnamon
  • grated orange peel from 4 oranges
  • 1/4 teaspoon, Irish Moss
  • 3/4 cup, corn sugar for priming
  • M. eV. German Lager liquid culture in a 1 qt. starter

Additional Instructions

Primary Ferment: 12 days at 50 degrees
Secondary Ferment: 30 days at 40 degrees

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.071
Final Gravity: 1.018
Alcohol by Vol: 6.94%
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Steep crystal malt in brew pot. Remove grains before boil. Add extracts and honey and bring to a boil. Add 2 ounces Cascade at beginning of boil. Add ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, and Irish moss in last 10 minutes. Add 1 ounce of Cascade hops two minutes later. Add 1/2 ounce Cascade in last 5 minutes and the last 1/2 ounce in the last 2 minutes.