Late Winter Warmer
This might not really be ready until more like spring, but I'm going to call it a late winter warmer anyhow.
The beer is basically a somewhat balanced (compared to my usual brews) mid-to-high-alcohol beer, plus some Mexican vanilla pods and a bay leaf, steeped in alcohol for a few days to extract as much flavor as I could.
Brew Date: December 6, 2011 Bottling Date: March 11, 2012 Batch Size (Gal): 2.50 Total Grain (Lbs): 6.81 Anticipated OG: 1.069 Anticipated SRM: 17.3 Anticipated IBU: 44.5 Grain/Extract/Sugar % Amount Name Origin Potential SRM 84.4 5.75 lbs. Brewer's Malt (2-row) America 1.037 2 9.2 10 oz. Crystal 120L USA 1.033 120 6.4 7 oz. Dark Wheat Malt Germany 1.039 8 Hops Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time 1.25 oz. Sonnet Whole 3.00 30.7 60 min 1.00 oz. Sorachi Ace Whole 10.00 13.6 5 min Other Adjuncts Amount Name Usage note 3.2 oz Grain alcohol Used as a 40% solution with water (8 oz total) to steep the vanilla and bay leaf. This boosts the alcohol by just under 1% ABV. 2 pods Vanilla See this post. 1 leaf Bay leaf Steeped in alcohol with the vanilla Yeast The WSP001 yeast from the Wild Ale I was added to a 500ml starter on a stir plate for a few hours. Slight activity seemed to be visible, so I pitched the full slurry into the carboy. Vigorous fermentation began within 24 hours.