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Holiday Ale 2009


The goal here was to improve upon last year's recipe with a few minor tweaks and simplifications. First tasting will be around Thanksgiving, with most of it reserved for closer to Christmas(/wedding).

.rec file

Anticipated OG:   	1.066
Anticipated SRM: 	17.9 (		)
Anticipated IBU: 	21.8

Brew date:		September 22, 2009
Original Gravity: 	1.070
Days in primary:	24
Days in secondary: 	[none]
Final gravity: 		1.011
Alcohol content:	7.8% (by volume)
Bottling date:		October 15, 2009

% 	Amount 		Name 			Origin 		Potential 	SRM
68.1 	8.00 lbs.  	Pale Malt(2-row) 	America 	1.036 		2
8.5 	1.00 lbs.  	Biscuit Malt 		Great Britain 	1.035 		35
8.5 	1.00 lbs.  	Candi Sugar (clear) 	Generic 	1.046 		1
8.5 	1.00 lbs.  	CaraPilsner 		France 		1.035 		10
4.3 	0.50 lbs.  	Honey Malt 		Canada 		1.030 		18
2.1 	0.25 lbs.  	Chocolate Malt 		Great Britain 	1.034	 	475

Amount 		Name	 	Form 	Alpha 	IBU 	Boil Time
0.75 oz.  	Cascade 	Whole 	5.75 	17.8 	60 min
1.00 oz.  	Cascade 	Whole 	5.75 	4.0 	5 min

Amount 		Name 		Type 	Time
0.10 Oz  	Irish Moss 	Fining 	15 Min.(boil)
0.25 Tsp  	Allspice 	Spice 	1 Min.(boil)
0.50 Tsp  	Cinnamon 	Spice 	1 Min.(boil)
0.10 Oz  	Cloves  	Spice 	1 Min.(boil)
0.20 Oz  	Coriander Seed 	Spice 	1 Min.(boil)
0.10 Oz		Nutmeg		Spice	1 Min.(boil)
0.20 Oz  	Orange zest 	Spice 	1 Min.(boil)

WYeast 1968 London Extra Special Bitter

I simplified the mash to just 90 minutes at around 153 (though I ended up undershooting
that and having to heat it more, so it was almost like a step mash after all).  I used
the zest from two navel oranges, didn't measure it as 0.20oz.  Spices were added at
flameout and steeped for 10 minutes before I began to cool the wort.

Brewer's log (view full log)
Down to the last couple of these now, so it's a good time to look back at the brew.   The flavor is very good, though perhaps not as "holiday-ish" as som. . . . . [view full post]
Tried these last night again, and I think they're perfectly aged now. Quite tasty, and definitely don't see any reason to modify the recipe any further in the . . . . . [view full post]
I tasted one of these yesterday and it's definitely improving. However, not really done yet -- still needs to mellow a bit. I've put one in the fridge and the. . . . . [view full post]
Gave this one an early taste a few days ago... definitely should let it wait longer. Was still a tad sweet and undercarbonated. Patience, grasshopper!. . . . . [view full post]
Just finished bottling the Holiday Ale -- ended up getting exactly 48 bottles. I gave it a taste, but I always have trouble gauging the flavors once the primin. . . . . [view full post]
I'm very disappointed with the attenuation of this beer. I was hoping it would have the relatively low attenuation that's typical of this yeast. Instead, it g. . . . . [view full post]
Still no FG measurement. Since I haven't had time to bottle this beer yet, I didn't see any reason to open up the carboy and mix in oxygen & possibly microbes.. . . . . [view full post]
Decided to take a couple shots of the fermenter to show the color and flocculation. I haven't disturbed the carboy in a few days and it's bubbling about 4 per . . . . . [view full post]
After almost one week of rigorous fermentation, it's starting to settle down a bit (maybe 6-7 bubbles/min from the airlock). I was able to keep the temperature. . . . . [view full post]


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