Saturday, 20 October 2012

Bad Santa Holiday Ale

It's a little late, but I'm finally brewing a holiday ale for the Christmas season. This is an old recipe - named and brewed a decade before BYO magazine stole my name for what appears to be a inferior beer (I jest, it looks pretty good).  My Bad Santa is a great winter beer - strong (~7.5%), medium-bodied, with cinnamon, honey and ginger adding to the already great dynamic provided by hallertauer and cascade hops, aromatic malt, and wheat. Assuming this one replicates previous batches, it'll be ready for the holiday season and well into 2013.
Not your usual brew - honey, ginger and cinnamon round out a strong ale brewed with wheat, roasted barley, caramel malt and hallertauer/cascade hops.

Recipe below the fold...

EDIT: and update on a miserable day brewing this beer can be found here...
Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 27.31 l
Post Boil Volume: 21.84 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 19.50 l
Estimated OG: 1.067 SG
Estimated Color: 9.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 30.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.6 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt         Name                                %/IBU         
4.55 kg     Malt (2 Row)                            75.7 %        
0.50 kg     Wheat Malt                               8.3 %         
0.21 kg     Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L               3.5 %         
0.15 kg     Aromatic Malt                            2.5 %         
0.04 kg     Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM)               0.6 %         
27.00 g     Hallertauer [7.30 %] - Boil 90.0 min    26.4 IBUs     
10.00 g     Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min         2.9 IBUs      
1.50 oz     Ginger Root (Boil 5.0 mins)         
10.00 g     Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min          1.4 IBUs      
2.00 Items  Cinnamon Stick (Boil 5.0 mins)         
1.0 pkg     SafAle English Ale (S-04)         
0.57 kg     Honey                                    9.4 %         


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 6.01 kg
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Name       Description                      Step Temp  Step Time     
Mash In    Add 14.45 l of water at 73.3 C   66.7 C      60 min        

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (4.78l, 13.78l) of 75.6 C water

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