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.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lb. Dark liquid malt extract, 3.15 lb. Munich liquid malt extract, 4 oz. Carafa II, 8 oz. Bonlander Munich, 8 oz. Cara Wheat, 4 oz. Chocolate Rye, 4 oz. Melanoidin specialty grains, tsp Caraway, 2 oz. of hops, priming sugar, muslin bag, and yeast.
- Details & Instructions
4.8 / 5.028 ReviewsSmooth winter ale!Brewed this a little late, beginning of November, 3 weeks in primary and so far 5 weeks in bottles. Tasted after 2 weeks and i was impressed, and it just got better every week!
Fermented a little cool around 58 with the dry yeast, ended up with fg of around 1.018
Very rich taste and smooth mouth feel, medium carbonation, slight hop bitterness, hints of coffee and chocolate.
I will try to leave the remaining 24 bottles for a while but it won't be easy!!January 1, 2017Purchased
6 months agoSolid beer if you give it timeI bought this kit back in June in order to prepare for the holidays. They recommend you give the beer a good 5-6 months for best results and I'd have to agree. Sure, you can drink it sooner, but to get all the flavors working together and make it a really great beer you need to give it time._x000D__x000D_I brewed it and then gave it a month in a primary at around 68 degrees. I then racked to secondary for another 2 months at the same temp. Then I bottled the beer where they sat for another 2 months or so and they are just now really taking shape. I've tasted samples along the way and you can really tell how it improves with age. _x000D__x000D_I'd recommend this kit as an easy introduction to the style as long as you go into it knowing you can't rush a bigger beer if you want to get the best flavors. Plan ahead and start brewing this in the late summer or early autumn so it's in its prime by winter.November 19, 2009Tap this one today.This one is a home run! This one sat for 3 months in keg. I tapped it today after force carbing the brew. All I have to say is AWESOME . I will be brewing this one again for sure.December 14, 2010Best one yet! Delicious darker aleThis is the third kit that I have brewed, and by far the longest one I have set in the fermenter. I took the advice of others and purchased 2 smackpacks for brewing. I let it sit in the primary for about a week and a half, and let it sit in the secondary for about 2-2.5 months. I believe that taking time with this one and letting it develop together in the carboy since it is a bigger beer was the way to go. No twangy taste that my others have had, this one is a hit! I waited 3 weeks after bottling, and wow what a head on this winter ale... The taste is lightly spiced, but with a great aroma and smoked flavor (not overpowering though!) It will keep me warm for the rest of the season, and only improve with age! Cheers!February 28, 2011Santa's Night CapReally good winter ale. Loved the spices. Primary for one week. Secondary for 2.5 months. Bottles for 2.5 months. Deliciousness. Mind didn't carbonate the best, (probably user error) but still very good. Perhaps the best I've made in a year of brewingFebruary 12, 2013Fantastic BeerThis beer is a little pricey and takes a while to complete, but is well worth the wait. It is a rich, malty, slightly-spiced, unique flavor that hit the spot on a cold winter day. I let this baby sit in secondary for a full 5 months before bottling. Very pleased with results.February 21, 2013Very very goodI decided to try this because Coors quit making their Winterfest beer a few Christmas ago. It was excellent. A week in a bucket and then racked it to a second bucket for a week. At that point we poured it into a keg. I didn't age it at all and started drinking it a couple of days later. I have to admit it was getting better a month later when I ran out. I'll try to let it age longer next time, I just have to make sure I have a second keg tapped so I won't drink that one until its ready.April 6, 2013winter aleThis is a great beer...if your patient. The darker grains this beer is made from need a long time to blend there flavors through. So, while the fermentation is quick, the flavor are slow. After 4 months in a bottle, I cracked one open. OMG! It is rich! Going to wait a few more months before I try another.May 18, 2013DeliciousBeer pours a chocolate brown. Aroma is dark fruit: raisin, plum, port. The caraway is not really present in the aroma and next time I will double the amount. The 1st sip is again more dark fruit. Some coffee too. A tad, just a tad of the caraway comes thru. Flavor also reminds me of the crust of baking herb bread. Caraway/spice bread. Delicious. Rich, full body but not cloying. Mild conditioning/carbonation. Perfect for a beer aged this long. This is a beer that needs to be laid down for at least 6mo. I brewed this one a year ago and bottled it 8mo ago. If you like winter warmers, this one's for you.May 31, 2013Instant Street CredI followed the instructions, used wyeast with a starter. Primary for 10 days, secondary 4 months. Did not even try it until it had been in the bottle for 2 months. This is an outstanding beer.July 7, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 2 answersHi! Just to clarify, for a two stage fermentation, you recommend 2 weeks in primary, and only one month in secondary? Any longer in secondary going to benefit this beer? Just curious, I want to have this be really yummy and do all I can to help it! Thanks for your feedback!BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! For this beer you only need 1-2 weeks in primary and 2 weeks in secondary. Following up with 2 weeks bottle conditioning if you are planning to bottle.
Cheers!Newbie question here, regarding the Winter Ale: I'm using a single stage fermentation system, and am not sure when the best time to bottle is. It's been 2 weeks in the carboy (only place it's been). Should I bottle now for the remaining 3 1/2 - 5 1/2 months, or leave it in the carboy longer before bottling? What's been your experience? Thanks!BEST ANSWER: This beer would benefit from use of a 5-gallon carboy as a secondary vessel, if possible. A month in secondary before bottling would be good. If no secondary vessel is going to be used, keep it in primary for 3 weeks then bottle it up. Leave it at room temp for 2-4 weeks to let it carbonate, then chill one or two and check it out. It will be best after a few more months of conditioning in the bottle. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies