British Columbia Tree Brewery- Vertical Winter Ale

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Nathanb, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Nathanb

    Nathanb Initiate (110) Mar 19, 2017 Australia

    Hey everyone,

    Just wondering if anyone has attempted and made a successful clone of Tree Brewerys Vertical Winter Ale? I visited Canada a couple of years ago and while at Big White I tasted a beer that changed my life. I have tried a few times at recreating their masterpiece but none that I would call worthy have be created. Its coming up to winter over here in Aus and would love to have that one on tap for the cooler months.

  2. Derek

    Derek Poo-Bah (3,571) Apr 2, 2005 British Columbia (Canada)
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I've never made it, but have drank it as well.

    Lots of info on their site:

    Style: Winter Ale
    Body: Medium
    Alcohol: 5%
    IBU: 20
    Hops: Perle, Cascade
    Malt: Pale, Dark Munich, Crystal
    Notes: Caramel and nut flavours, combined with a smooth malt profile leading to a vanilla finish

    The dark Munich is from Gambrinus Malting, and it's closer to some melanoidin malts... use it sparingly or it'll be too meaty. You just want enough for the bread and nut flavours to come through. Add the vanilla after secondary so the fermentation doesn't scrub it off.
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  3. Nathanb

    Nathanb Initiate (110) Mar 19, 2017 Australia

    Thanks for the info on the dark Munich and vanilla Derek! I Will have to give that a try next and see how I go. I'm still quite the rookie when it comes to using vanilla, are you saying just to cut and scrape the seeds out of a few beans and drop them into the keg before transferring the beer into it?

  4. Derek

    Derek Poo-Bah (3,571) Apr 2, 2005 British Columbia (Canada)
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Oops, I meant add the vanilla after primary... if you're not doing a secondary, maybe added it once the primary fermentation slows down. I don't think I'd add it to a keg, but I've never tried!
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