1 Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 9:36 PM

i was just wondering if any body was Brewing any Christmas/Julebryg/spiced seasonal style Beer, I am researching one to do at the moment will add when I have finished the basic's of it will be
1.7 kg coopers Canadian blonde
1kg dry wheat
.7 kg LDME
50g saaz hops
100g Dingemans special b
300g cara aroma
above steep grains and hops 40mins
30min boil of below
400g inverted brown sugar
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
6 pods cardamom
1 tea spoon coriander seed
1 vanilla pod

safbrew S-04

2 Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 10:27 PM

Hey Real. Good luck with your brew. What exactly are you going to do with the spices?

Aren't Special B and CaraAroma are pretty much the same thing, from different companies? I have not tried CaraAroma, as my LHBS does not carry it, but it seems popular with forum members.

I have experimented with Special B a few times (actually have an Oktoberfest fermenting with some ATM), but just 75gm per batch, as I have read that a little goes a long way. Those brews have turned out very nice. It is reputed to have more plummy/raisin-y notes than CaraAroma, but I can't say I notice that in the percentage I have been using; I get more toffee from it.

Cheers,

Christina.

3 Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 10:40 PM

I've made two batches of Julebryg, the first batch used a European lager kit and the second, which I made last winter, was a stout. I really like how the last batch turned out, a great brew for those cool winter evenings and it's aging nicely I still have a few longnecks around. It had a similar spice mix to what you're planning, here's the recipe:

Coopers Stout
Coopers Dark Malt Extract
500g dextrose
30g saaz hops
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract

4 Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 10:55 PM

Hi Christina ,
doing a bit of research tonight as to quantity's of spices but will be a 30minute boil for the spices and steeps the grains and hops together. As for the grains they are similar but to my knowledge cara aroma is redder and has more nut and fruit and dingeman special b has more caramel and plum and raisin I am led to believe but haven't used dingeman till now.Yes I have heard a little goes a long way I was looking at about 80/100g of dingemans special b and 300g of cara aroma also the inverted brown sugar will add another taste that I haven't tried because of the molasses which is in brown sugar.I have used inverted sugar in a lot of brews just not brown .I have already inverted it and it has a slightly different taste to white inverted sugar and of coarse darker and deep red hue . Will add quantity's above regards Brian

5 Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 10:58 PM

CanuckDownUnder:

I've made two batches of Julebryg, the first batch used a European lager kit and the second, which I made last winter, was a stout. I really like how the last batch turned out, a great brew for those cool winter evenings and it's aging nicely I still have a few longnecks around. It had a similar spice mix to what you're planning, here's the recipe:

Coopers Stout
Coopers Dark Malt Extract
500g dextrose
30g saaz hops
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract


cool thanks what did you think of the spices taste wise

6 Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:58 AM

I made a spiced Christmas stout a couple of years and wasn't happy with it. I used 2 star anise (hot steeped x 10 min), 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon added to wort, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 35gm black strap molasses, in an OS stout kit. I could not really taste the spices, but the brew tasted metallic; I think came from the iron in the black strap molasses. I haven't used black strap molasses since.

Today I was reading on another site how a brewer made a tincture by soaking whole spices in vodka, starting a couple of weeks before he bottled. Then he dosed his glass with a bit of the tincture, using an eyedropper, so he could easily adjust it to his taste. He had found before, when he had added spices to the kettle, that he often preferred the same beer without spices. He never wanted more than one spiced one. That makes a lot of sense to me. I think I might try his technique next time.

Cheers,

Christina.

7 Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 11:01 AM

therealthing691:

cool thanks what did you think of the spices taste wise


It's definitely noticeable in the brew, it adds an extra layer of warmth to the stout which I find really complementary. I made an effort to increase the level of spices in this last batch, unfortunately I don't have the quantities I used the first time around but I did want to bump up the spiciness a bit. I suppose it takes a bit of experimentation to get these just right according to your tastes.

8 Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 2:27 PM

Cool thanks guys/girl I think I will go with what I have written above see how it comes out cheers and thanks

9 Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:23 PM

therealthing691:

i was just wondering if any body was Brewing any Christmas/Julebryg/spiced seasonal style Beer, I am researching one to do at the moment will add when I have finished the basic's of it will be
1.7 kg coopers Canadian blonde
1kg dry wheat
.7 kg LDME
50g saaz hops
100g Dingemans special b
300g cara aroma
above steep grains and hops 40mins
30min boil of below
400g inverted brown sugar
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
6 pods cardamom
1 tea spoon coriander seed
1 vanilla pod

safbrew S-04



The above I put in today was quite a pleasant smell and taste once it was all in together 22L OG:1065 have to wait and see what it taste like when its done

10 Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 7:55 PM

Fg is down to 1013 ish I think that's it but will leave for 3more days and see tastes not have bad

11 Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 11:34 PM

Well still has some maturing to do but whate a balanced drop of beer very impressed not over powering but a nice spicey tasting Christmas ale cool azz would do next year cheers Brian

12 Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 7:16 AM

therealthing691:

Well still has some maturing to do but whate a balanced drop of beer very impressed not over powering but a nice spicey tasting Christmas ale cool azz would do next year cheers Brian


Cool. Glad you are pleased with it. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out.

Cheers,

Christina.

13 Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 11:52 PM

ChristinaS1:

therealthing691:

Well still has some maturing to do but whate a balanced drop of beer very impressed not over powering but a nice spicey tasting Christmas ale cool azz would do next year cheers Brian


Cool. Glad you are pleased with it. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out.

Cheers,

Christina.



Anytime just had to have another tonite is damn nice balance fits my taste and thanks cheers

Last edited by therealthing691 (Saturday, November 18, 2017 11:52 PM)