Wonderful Winter Ale

Winter time is upon us, and keep the cockles of our hearts warm, I brewed a new winter ale. If timing was right, this beer will be a fantastic Christmas ale ready on Christmas Day. Here are the details for the Wonderful Winter Ale:

Mash the following for 60 minutes at 156°F:

  • 23 pounds Marris Otter 2 Row Pale Malt
  • 3 pounds 60L Crystal Malt
  • 1 pound Special B Malt
  • 8 oz. Cara-Pils
  • 4 oz. Black Patent Malt

While wort is boiling add the following:

  • 1 pound Dark Candi sugar

After Mash, bring to boil.  Boil time is 60 minutes 

Add bittering hops for 60 minutes of the boil:

  • 1.5 oz. Northern Brewer pellet hops 9.4% alpha
  • 1 oz. Perle pellet hops 9.5% alpha

After 50 minutes add the following for 10 minutes:

  • 1 oz. East Kent Goldings pellet hops 5.9% alpha
  • .5 oz. Cascade pellet hops 8.6% alpha
  • 1 oz. Sweet Orange Peel
  • In a separate fine mesh hop sack (very important to separate the spices so you can remove them at the end of the boil)
    • 1 tsp Cardamon
    • 1 tsp Coriander

When 60 minutes is up, promptly remove the spice sack.

Remove from heat, cool wort below 80°F and transfer to carboys.  Pitch yeast:

  • Wyeast #1098 British Ale Yeast 
  • I originally wanted to use Wyeast #1099 Whitbread Ale, but the LHBS was out

This beer fermented out in about 5 days at a temperature aroun 68°F.

Final Specs:

OG: 1.077
FG: 1.031 (I think i may have had the mash higher than i specified)
IBU:  41.4
ABV: 6.1%
Yield: 10 gallons