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September 21, 2009 (12:00 AM)
I picked up the ingredients for my holiday ale today -- planning to brew it tomorrow! I did end up modifying last year's recipe (despite saying I didn't plan to), even though I don't think there was anything particularly wrong with it -- it just didn't wow me. I increased the 2-row from 58% of the grain bill to about 68%, and made the hop profile more minimalist. I also dropped the black patent malt and upped the chocolate malt instead. I tried to even out the spice flavors a little bit, increasing things that didn't seem to come through at all last time (like the cinnamon). My goal is still for the spices to be subtle to the point of being hardly more than an aftertaste.
Another big change this time around is that I'm reverting to a simpler mash schedule again, per the advice of Denny over on Northern Brewer forums. I'll post an update after it's in the primary tomorrow.


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