Mega Gingered Holiday Ale
spiced ale, christmas ale, holiday beer, extract
Source: Paul Baker (email@example.com),
HBD Issue #1630, January 13, 1994
All of the great tasting holiday ales available last year have inspired
me to make my own this year. I choose to make my first holiday ale a
The fermentation went normally and I bottled after two weeks. It has been
in the bottle for six weeks now.
So here's the problem: the ginger is completely overwhelming. It dominates
the flavor profile so much that only a touch of cinnamon can be found. The
orange peel is nonexistent and the slightly dry finish that the honey
should have added is not there. In fact this holiday ale starts and ends
with mega ginger. None of the other spices have a chance of coming though.
Hopefully, the ginger will mellow with age, but I am finding it difficult
to be optimistic.
- 7 lbs. light DME
- 1/2 lb. light crystal malt
- 1/2 lb. chocolate malt
- 1 lb. orange blossom honey
- hops (don't have the specifics on hand, about 28 IBUs)
- BrewTek Belgian Ale #2 from slant (1 qt. starter)
- 1-1/2 oz. fresh grated ginger
- 9 inches cinnamon stick
- 1-1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
Add 1 oz. fresh grated ginger, 6 inches cinnamon stick,
and 1 tsp. orange peel in last 15 minutes of boil.
Before bottling simmer 1/2 ounce ginger, 3 inches
cinnamon, and a 1/2 tsp. orange peel (simmer for 5 minutes and then strained the resulting tea though a coffee filter
and added it to the bottling bucket.)