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Late Winter Warmer

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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.


Brewer's log (view full log)
I just had the last bottle of the LWW this week. It was still good, but I'm not 100% satisfied with it. It was too dry and didn't have enough warmth for my li. . . . . [view full post]
Unfortunately, these bottles appear to be developing a pellicle on the surface of the beer. I don't think they were contaminated, it's just that this wild yeas. . . . . [view full post]
Finally bottled this one today. Ended up with 26 bottles (12 oz each), so a little under 2.5 gallons. I could have probably filled 3-4 more bottles if I had m. . . . . [view full post]
Just realized I never updated the status of this batch after the brew day. Vigorous fermentation began within 24 hours, peaked after another day, then tapered . . . . . [view full post]
Need to bottle this one soon or it'll be a summer warmer! No update really, just trying to get on my own case.. . . . . [view full post]
So I brewed the LWW this afternoon. I'm not sure the WSP001 yeast was as active as I first thought, so I may need to pitch a packet of dry yeast on it tomorrow. . . . . [view full post]
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