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Pakman's Xmas Brew

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:35
by Pakman
Bottled this years brew and very pleased with the way it's turned out so thought I'd share the recipe.

Fermentables :-
Pale Malt 4kg
Dark Crystal malt 400gms
Chocolate malt 40 gms
Caragold malt 100gms
Wilco Brewing sugar 1kg

22gms Golding for 90 mins
20gms Galaxy added when cooling wort at 80C
Protofloc, thin sliced fresh ginger and 10 star anise added at t-15mins with cooling coil.
6 cloves added at end of boil (didn't want them too strong in flavour)
*** in this font that looks like I added 6 doves ;^)

In fermenter with 2 packs of out of date Safbrew T-58 (Peppery and spicey flavour) and it showed signs of activity within 6 hours.

12.2 EBU 56 EBC got 42 bottles @ 5% ABV and it's loverly!


Re: Pakman's Xmas Brew

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 22:28
by DaveS
Sounds nice! How upfront are the spices at that level? Do they come out clearly and identifiably or more as a bit of background complexity?

Re: Pakman's Xmas Brew

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 21:37
by Pakman
The ginger is there but not blatant, more a hint - the rest just makes a nice background flavour that indicates that you are drinking something special. I've had Xmas beers in the past that shouted 'Merry Xmas' at you but I don't enjoy them with flavours that potent.