strongBeer type Beer description The story goes that the first Julebryg (Christmas Brew), made by Carlsminde Brewery in 1958, was a traditional strong ale. Vikings were known to brew a high-powered beer-like drink to get them through the dark winter months. The popularity of this seasonal beer prompted other breweries to follow in the years after, and the “J-Dag” (J Day) tradition, on the first Friday of November, was born! Apparently, every Danish brewery has at least one Christmas Beer (BJCP Style Guidelines - 21.B). Many variants use a blend of malted barley, wheat, specialty malts with the traditional hints of caramel, anise, liquorice root, vanilla and cinnamon. Some brews have more exotic additions, such as apricot, chocolate, honey, coriander, oranges or cardamom. Don’t be afraid to personalise the recipe by tweaking the spices as you desire. Any Christmas pudding spice or fruit may work in this brew. Ferment with ale, lager yeast or a blend. You may want to make it with a long term view for tasting on the first Friday of November next year or any Friday at 8:59pm! Flavour profile
- Approx. Alcohol Level:
- 6% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated:
- 1.7kg Coopers brew can of your choice, Note: Choose a brew with the colour, flavour and bitterness in mind.
- 1.5kg Thomas Coopers Amber Malt
- 250g Brown Sugar
- 1 star anise
- 1 vanilla bean pod
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 20g Saaz Hop Pellets
- One sachet of S-33 yeast + yeast supplied with the brew can
- Coopers Carbonation Drops
STEP 1: Mix
Simmer spices, hops and brown sugar for 15mins in 2 litres of water.
Remove from the heat and steep for a further 30mins then strain into the FV.
Mix in the brew can and Amber Malt.
Add cool water to the 20 litre mark and stir vigorously.
Add the yeast and fit the lid.
STEP 2: Brew
Try to ferment as close to 21C as possible.
Fermentation has finished once the specific gravity is stable over 2 days.
STEP 3: Bottle
We recommend the use of PET bottles or reusable glass bottles designed for storing beer.
For information about kegging see the FAQ section.
Bottle the brew with a priming rate of 8g per litre (2 carbonation drops per 750ml bottle).
STEP 4: Enjoy!
Store the bottles at or above 18C for at least two weeks to allow the secondary fermentation to take place.
Some of the flavours and aromas may seem a bit weird when the beer is young but, given time, they should meld together nicely. Be mindful that bitterness softens in the bottle over time.
Expect the alcohol content to be around 6% ABV.