Christmas Braggot

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Christmas Braggot

Postby robwalker » Tue Jul 18, 2017 13:45

Nothing like a rich, warming braggot at Christmas. Using local honey, some leftover hibiscus syrup from a jar of flowers and some frozen fruit that Morrison's sent me for free for a gallon of purple Christmas ale :)
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 18:21

Never tried braggot, but would like to
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby ryanshelton » Tue Jul 18, 2017 19:29

I'm going to google braggot.....
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby robwalker » Tue Jul 18, 2017 19:54

It's a viking style beer, part mead and part ale. This is an interpretation obviously but I think the clean yeast will let the ingredients cut through.
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby abeyptfc » Tue Jul 18, 2017 20:33

You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy braggot.
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 20:53

Does braggot normally have hops?
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby robwalker » Tue Jul 18, 2017 21:16

HTH1975 wrote:Does braggot normally have hops?


It can and can't, so up to you. You can take the "beer with honey" approach or the "mead with malted barely and no hops" approach. Better to stay on the low side I think either way.
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 01:21

robwalker wrote:
HTH1975 wrote:Does braggot normally have hops?


It can and can't, so up to you. You can take the "beer with honey" approach or the "mead with malted barely and no hops" approach. Better to stay on the low side I think either way.


The 'beer with honey' approach is the one I'd favour - I can see the other approach ending up very sweet, like a desert wine. Not a bad thing, but certainly not something you'd want to drink a lot of.

I'm going to have a bash at this too, using the beer with honey approach. I've made a honey beer before, but it only had a hint of honey in the final finish.

This time I'm going for the following:

66% Vienna
30% honey
4% Amber

OG: 1.061
FG: 1.015
IBU: 38

EKG at 60 min
Willamette at 15 min and flameout

Yeast: Saf-04
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby robwalker » Thu Aug 10, 2017 16:01

Well this beer is off to a hilariously rocky start as the original base got infected so I've used a gallon of best bitter instead. Added honey and hibiscus, going to swap the fruit for a teaspoon of gin botanicals instead. So basically, it's a totally different recipe.
Theoretical OG/ABV 1.084, 9.7%
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Re: Christmas Braggot

Postby HTH1975 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 20:39

Better luck next time. Always shite when you gotta dump a brew.

Mine is in two demijohns aging away. Will bottle it around November.
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