Suggestions for a holiday beer

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  1. alli4051

    alli4051 Aspirant (257) Oct 16, 2009 Colorado
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    I think I missed my window for Thanksgiving but I'm hoping to brew something this weekend to be ready for Christmas. Problem is I have no idea what I want to brew. So give me some inspiration, and suggestions, what's everyone's style/recipe for the holidays?
     
  2. hopsandmalt

    hopsandmalt Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2006 Michigan

    I'm thinking about doing a Belgian stout spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove for Festivus this year.

    Good for drinking around the pole whilst waiting to air my grievances.
     
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  3. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Aspirant (293) Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Pick up Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing and try one of the 12 Beers of Christmas.
     
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  4. premierpro

    premierpro Aspirant (266) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    I like a good Barly wine for Christmas! With only 7-8 weeks till then I would not brew anything over 7%. I do not like alot of spices in beer so I would prefer a Brown Ale,ESB,or California Common that for me pairs well with all the food you will be eating. Good luck!
     
  5. FeDUBBELFIST

    FeDUBBELFIST Meyvn (1,095) Oct 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Someone just posted a link to Avery's website in another thread. Most of the recipes for their common beers are provided in detail. 'Old Jubilation' would be a good one for the season, and it should be ready in time. Here's the link:

    http://averybrewing.com/brewery/recipes-for-homebrewers/
     
  6. nolabrew

    nolabrew Initiate (88) Apr 20, 2010 Louisiana

    I brewed a gruit 2 weeks ago and I haven't tasted it, but the room it's fermenting in smells like Christmas now.
     
  7. Wreckoncile

    Wreckoncile Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2011 California

    Great minds think alike. I actually brewed a 2.5 gallon batch of this earlier today, but I did have a slight problem. My original plan was to pitch it onto the yeast slurry from a smoked mild I bottled today. But the problem was that my smoked mild didn't exactly ferment the way it was supposed to. The OG on it was 1.031 and the expected FG should've been 1.008. I forgot to take my FG reading until after I added my priming sugar, but it came in at 1.020, and there was virtually no yeast. I was a bit shocked because I used 2/3 of a pack of nottingham dry, eventhough I didn't rehydrate, I figured the mild would only need a third of a pack rehydrated anyhow so I could afford half of it dying off. So without the yeast slurry, I ended up rehydrating the remaining third and pitched that. I'll be heading over to the LHBS store this weekend to pick up a second package of nottingham and rehydrate and pitch at least half that.
     
  8. gtermi

    gtermi Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I say a Winter Warmer. They have a nice spice and you can have them ready by Thanksgiving if you brew ASAP
     
  9. kaips1

    kaips1 Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2011 Kentucky

    i have an imperial chocolate stout aged with bourbon blocks and vanilla bean that im hoping will be ready for thanksgiving but if its not itll be ready by xmas or new years. i say huge all simcoe ipa
     
  10. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    I'm brewing a chocolate/coffee/oatmeal porter this weekend and giving it to folks with a suggestion to enjoy on Christmas morning whilst opening presents.
     
  11. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Poo-Bah (2,666) May 21, 2010 Texas
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    However, a chile/pepper beer for festivus could easily result in a merry holiday season. Just sayin' :rolling_eyes:
     
  12. Brewsephus

    Brewsephus Initiate (130) Jan 15, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Just brewed a Nut Brown Ale from Northern Brewer's recipe bank, ran it through BeerSmith to get everything style correct and set to my equipment. The flavor reminds me of chestnuts roasting over an open fire! Only 4 weeks from grain to glass (including bottle conditioning).
     
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