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30C1. Winter Seasonal/Holiday

289 calories 28 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Winter Seasonal Beer
Boil Time: 75 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 8 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6.1 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.059 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 289 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 28 g (Per 12oz)
Created Friday September 8th 2017
1.087
1.019
8.92%
57.38
26.25
5.36
n/a
 
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
10 lb United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale10 lb Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 60.6%
2.50 lb Belgian - Munich2.5 lb Munich 38 6 15.2%
1 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 120L1 lb Caramel / Crystal 120L 33 120 6.1%
1 lb Cane Sugar1 lb Cane Sugar 46 0 6.1%
1 lb Flaked Oats1 lb Flaked Oats 33 2.2 6.1%
0.50 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 20L0.5 lb Caramel / Crystal 20L 35 20 3%
0.50 lb American - Chocolate0.5 lb Chocolate 29 350 3%
16.5 lb Total      
 
Hops
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Magnum1 oz Magnum Hops Pellet 15 Boil 60 min 47.6 50%
1 oz Saaz1 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 10 min 9.78 50%
 
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
4.84 gal Single Infusion Infusion 152 °F 90 min
4.78 gal Batch Sparge Sparge 170 °F 5 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.25 qt/lb
 
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
0.33 tsp Cinnamon Spice Boil 5 min.
0.55 tsp Clove Spice Boil 5 min.
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
9.18 g Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
9.92 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
0.89 g Chalk Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
2.14 g Magnesium Chloride Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
7.19 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
 
Yeast
Wyeast - American Ale 1056
Amount:
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
75%
Flocculation:
Med-Low
Optimum Temp:
60 - 72 °F
Starter:
Yes
Fermentation Temp:
62 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.25 (M cells / ml / ° P) 544 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Priming
CO2 Level: 2.5 Volumes
 
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile II
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
150 10 80 150 160 220
Rice Hulls:
Add 1lb for every 5 lbs of malt to help with heat distribution.

Flaked Oats:
Beta-glucanase rest @ 97-113 F (20 min)
Followed by Protein Rest @ 122F (10 min)
Bring up to 152F and add to mash.

Crystal Malt:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Chocolate Malt:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Cane Sugar:
Add to boil kettle.
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
 
Notes

Overall Impression:
A stronger, darker, spiced beer that often has a rich body and warming finish suggesting a good accompaniment for the cold winter season.

Aroma:
A wide range of aromatics is possible, although many examples are reminiscent of Christmas cookies, gingerbread, English-type Christmas pudding, evergreen trees, or mulling spices. Any combination of aromatics that suggests the holiday season is welcome. The base beer style often has a malty profile that supports the balanced presentation of the aromatics from spices and possibly other special ingredients. Additional fermentables (e.g., honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc.) may lend their own unique aromatics. Hop aromatics are often absent, subdued, or slightly spicy. Some fruit character (often of dried citrus peel, or dried fruit such as raisins or plums) is optional but acceptable. Alcohol aromatics may be found in some examples, but this character should be restrained. The overall aroma should be balanced and harmonious, and is often complex and inviting.

Appearance:
Generally medium amber to very dark brown (darker versions are more common). Usually clear, although darker versions may be virtually opaque. Some chill haze is acceptable. Generally, has a well-formed head that is often off-white to tan.

Flavor:
Many interpretations are possible; allow for brewer creativity as long as the resulting product is balanced and provides some spice presentation. Spices associated with the holiday season are typical (as mentioned in the Aroma section). The spices and optional fermentables should be supportive and blend well with the base beer style. Rich, malty and/or sweet malt-based flavors are common, and may include caramel, toast, nutty, or chocolate flavors. May include some dried fruit or dried fruit peel flavors such as raisin, plum, fig, orange peel or lemon peel. May include distinctive flavors from specific fermentables (molasses, honey, brown sugar, etc.), although these elements are not required. A light evergreen tree character is optional but found in some examples. The wide range of special ingredients should be supportive and balanced, not so prominent as to overshadow the base beer. Bitterness and hop flavor are generally restrained to not interfere with the spices and special ingredients. Generally, finishes rather full and satisfying and often has some alcohol flavor. Roasted malt characteristics are rare, and not usually stronger than chocolate.

Mouthfeel:
A wide range of interpretations is possible. Body is generally medium to full, and a certain malty chewiness is often present. Moderately low to moderately high carbonation is typical. Many examples will show some well-aged, warming alcohol content, but without being overly hot. The beers do not have to be overly strong to show some warming effects.

Comments:
Overall balance is the key to presenting a well-made Winter Seasonal Beer. The special ingredients should complement the base beer and not overwhelm it. The brewer should recognize that some combinations of base beer styles and special ingredients work well together while others do not make for harmonious combinations. If the base beer is a classic style, the original style should come through in aroma and flavor. Whenever spices, herbs or additional fermentables are declared, each should be noticeable and distinctive in its own way (although not necessarily individually identifiable; balanced with the other ingredients is still critical). Whenever spices, herbs or additional fermentables are declared, each should be noticeable and distinctive in its own way (although not necessarily individually identifiable; balanced with the other ingredients is still critical) – in other words, the beer should read as a spiced beer but without having to tell that specific spices are present (even if declared).

History:
Throughout history, beer of a somewhat higher alcohol content and richness has been enjoyed during the winter holidays, when old friends get together to enjoy the season. Many breweries produce unique seasonal offerings that may be darker, stronger, spiced, or otherwise more characterful than their normal beers. Spiced versions are an American or Belgian tradition, since English or German breweries traditionally do not use spices in their beer.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Generally, ales although some dark strong lagers exist. Spices are required, and often include those evocative of the Christmas season (e.g., allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger) but any combination is possible and creativity is encouraged. Fruit peel (e.g., oranges, lemon) may be used as subtle additions of other fruits. Flavorful adjuncts are often used (e.g., molasses, treacle, invert sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.).

Entry Instructions:
The entrant must specify a base style, but the declared style does not have to be a Classic Style. The entrant must specify the type of spices, sugars, fruits, or additional fermentables used; individual ingredients do not need to be specified if a well-known blend of spices is used (e.g., mulling spice).

Vital Statistics:
OG, FG, IBUs, SRM and ABV will vary depending on the underlying base beer. ABV is generally above 6%, and most examples are somewhat dark in color.

Commercial Examples:
Anchor Our Special Ale, Goose Island Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager Beer, Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Tags:
specialty-beer, spice

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