November 5, 2011

Homebrewing for the Holidays

It's that time of year. The leaves are changing and it's getting nice and cold. With this weather comes stronger beers to keep us warm, and with the holiday season approaching it's a good time to add some celebratory spices to our brews.

All cliches aside, I'm getting to work on a Winter Spiced Ale. It's from the Winter Wassail recipe found in the Homebrewer's Garden, scaled down to 3 gallons and with few minor tweaks:

8 oz. 2 Row Carahelles
8 oz. American 6 Row
4 oz. Crystal 120 malt
4 oz. Crystal 60 malt
3 lbs. Golden Light LME

.5 oz. Cascade :40
.25 oz Cascade :20
.5 oz. Saaz :2
(Here's where it gets a little crazy)

1.5 lbs. honey :60
3.5g crushed coriander :20
3.5g crushed coriander :10
2.5 inch stick cinnamon :10
zest from 2 oranges :10
2 lbs. crushed cranberries - steeped for 20 minutes after the boil
1 lb. Granny Smith apples - steeped for 20 minutes after the boil

Just finished the boil and it smells incredible in my kitchen. Really looking forward to this one with some turkey and cranberry dressing!

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