DetailsWinter ales are designed to warm you from the inside as well as give audience to a host of unique flavors and spices. Plan on brewing this one 4-6 months in advance of your target release date for a proper maturation.
Ingredients: 12 lbs. Domestic 2-Row, 4 oz. Carafa II, 8 oz. Bonlander Munich, 8 oz. Cara Wheat, 4 oz. Chocolate Rye, 4 oz. Melanoidin, 2 oz. of hops, tsp. Caraway, priming sugar, and yeast.
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4.6 / 5.05 ReviewsLet it ageI tried this one several months ago. Straight out of the fermenter, it was horrible. To me,it tasted like soap. However, after two month in the keg, it tastes wonderful. Give it 2-3 months in the keg before enjoying it.January 16, 2011Big, bold, and needs time to matureBrewed this last summer and broke it out at Christmas. The flavors were big and bold, and it was a big hit with the family. It was good at Christmas, but I have even higher hopes for it in another few months. I have 1/3 rd of the batch hidden in the cellar and will break it out for a special occasion next fall.March 10, 2013winter aleVery nice dark ale. Not overly bitter nor overly powered by coffee flavors. As dark as a stout but not as bitter. Good beer.August 28, 2013Smells great!I brewed this a few days ago in anticipation of a cold winter. The wort brewed up a very dark brown. It smells very rich and caramelly, with a crisp hop finish. I expect the caraway to impart a light licorice flavor. By January or February I should have a great dark ale to chase away the winter blues._x000D__x000D_I'm pretty sure the Wyeast pack I got was dead. I couldn't really tell if the pack swelled after smacking it and letting it warm up. I opened it and it smelled pretty bad. I pitched it anyway, but there was no sign of fermentation after 56 hours or so. I pitched some Safbrew T-58 that I had to get things started, so I'll see how that affects the flavor. Otherwise this is a great kit, would brew again.October 24, 2012Age does wondersThis is a wonderful kit that makes a big, bold winter ale. However, don't be tempted to want to drink this right away. This beer needs a little age on it.April 20, 2013
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