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Great Lakes Christmas Ale Clone

238 calories
Method: BIAB
Style: Winter Seasonal Beer
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 6 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 8.11 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.053 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Source: Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
12.36 lbAmerican - Pale 2-Row12.36 lb Pale 2-Row371.876.2%
1.24 lbAmerican - Caramel / Crystal 40L1.24 lb Caramel / Crystal 40L34407.6%
1.24 lbAmerican - Wheat1.24 lb Wheat381.87.6%
0.3125 lbAmerican - Special Roast0.3125 lb Special Roast33501.9%
0.0625 lbAmerican - Roasted Barley0.0625 lb Roasted Barley333000.4%
1 lbHoney1 lb Honey4226.2%
16.22 lb Total      
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU
1 ozMount Hood1 oz Mount Hood HopsPellet4.8Boil60 min14.74
1 ozMount Hood1 oz Mount Hood HopsPellet4.8Boil15 min7.32
1 ozCascade1 oz Cascade HopsPellet7Boil11 min8.42
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
9.47 galInfusion154 F90 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
3.31 gCalcium Chloride3.31 g Calcium ChlorideWater AgtMash--
3.31 gGypsum3.31 g GypsumWater AgtMash--
1 lbHoney 1 lb Honey OtherBoil15 min.
3 eachCinnamon Sticks (small)3 each Cinnamon Sticks (small)SpiceBoil5 min.
1 ozGinger1 oz GingerSpiceBoil5 min.
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
60 - 72 °F
Fermentation Temp:
70 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P)
139 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile:
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
3.31 g Gypsum
3.31 g Calcium Chloride
9.47 Gallons of 100% Reverse Osmosis Water
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
I call this one Weihnachtsbier which is Christmas Beer in German. You will be delighted with the results of this recipe. resist temptations to throw in more honey in than the recipe says. Too much honey will make the beer too dry and more alcohol forward than it needs to be. I made the one last year with 1028 but had to switch to Nottingham because 1028 wasn't available anywhere. Make sure you use a blow off with this yeast. It's takes a while to get ramped up but when it does look out. The finished product seemed a little alcohol forward but after conditioning in the keg for a couple of days it already started mellowing out and you could get more of the maltiness coming through. Great Holiday beer. Cheers !
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Last Updated: 2018-01-14 16:24 UTC
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