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Winter's Tavern Winter Ale

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Winter's Tavern Winter Ale

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

Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer


Smells heavenly and should have just the proper aging time to mellow the spices and hops by xmas. (I may have added more hops than I should have, but I just couldn't resist, as I just love the taste.) With any luck I will have a nice balanced and very complex brew...


  • 7 pounds, Alexanders Pale Malt Extract
  • 20 ounces, Clover Honey
  • 1 pound, British Cara-Pils
  • 1pound, Crystal (40L)
  • 2 pounds, klages 2-row (for partial mash of cara-pils)
  • 1/4 pound, Chocolate Malt
  • 1/2 ounce, Chinook Pellets (12%) (60 minute boil)
  • 1/2 ounce, Cascade Leaf (7%) (30 minute boil)
  • 1 ounce, Hersbrucker Plugs (2.9%) (30 minute boil)
  • 1/2 ounce, Hersbrucker Plugs (10 minute steep)
  • 1/2 ounce, Hersbrucker Plugs (2 minute steep)
  • 1/2 oounce, Cascade Leaf (7%) (Dry hopped in secondary)
  • 3, 3" cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon, whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon, ground Allspice
  • 2 ounces, grated fresh ginger
  • 6 pods, cardamom - slightly crushed
  • rind of 5 oranges - no bitter white stuff!!
  • Wyeast American Ale

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.060
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Performed partial mash of cara-pils, crystal and klages as described in CJOHB. Added all other fermentables and brought to a rolling boil. Added hops as indicated as well as all spices for the last 10 minutes of the boil. Cooled in ice bath for approximately 30 minutes before moving to bucket with 2 gallons cold water to reduce oxidation. Let sit for 1 hour and then racked off trub into primary. (Spices, etc. included in the primary fermenter.) Pitched approximately 1 liter yeast starter, attached blow-off tube and had a cold one.