Krampus Kristmas Ale

Krampus probably should have
visited me more at xmas…

Its September 2nd, the time of the year the brewers thoughts turn to cool fall evenings, pints of ESB after racking the leaves . . . and Christmas. Yep, it is time to start brewing those over-strength ales that we all love to enjoy around yule-time.

Over the past 12 or so years I’ve brewed a variant of my “Bad Santa“; a light-coloured, light body strong beer with hints of honey, ginger & cinnamon. Every year I tweak it slightly, aiming to make it ever better. Around 2008 this recipe hit its peak and has been on a downward slide since. Indeed, last years batch was a mild disappointment, as chronicled over these posts: 1, 2 &3. Needless to say, it is well-neigh time for a new Christmas beer.

Enter Krampus Kristmas Ale – which is everything Bad Santa isn’t. Instead of a light-colour, this beer should have a deep-red hue provided by a mix of melanoiden & caramunich malt. In place of a honey-induced dryness, this beer uses a hot mash to provide a thick, sweet, malty finish. In place of subtle ginger & cinnamon tones, this been has a kick-in-the-face spiciness provided by ample amounts of of cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg. What better name for Bad Santas darker brother than Krampus – the demon who drags naughty children to his lair for punishment?

Recipe & brewnotes below the fold…


Krampus Krismas Ale
Christmas/Winter Specialty Spice Beer
Type: All GrainDate: 13-09-02
Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 lBrewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Boil Size: 29.34 lEst Mash Efficiency 75.6 %
Boil Time: 90 minEnd of Boil Volume 24.5 l
Final Bottling Volume: 19.50 l


5.63 kgPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain178.1 %
1.00 kgCaramunich Malt (56.0 SRM)Grain213.9 %
0.46 kgMelanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)Grain36.3 %
0.12 kgWheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM)Grain41.7 %
35 gFuggles [5.00 %] – First Wort 90.0 minHop523.2 IBUs
14 gHallertauer [4.80 %] – Boil 15.0 minHop63.9 IBUs
1 tspIrish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)Fining7
From BankLondon ESB Ale (Wyeast 1968)Yeast8
7.00 ItemsAll Spice (Secondary 20 days)Spice9
2.00 ItemsCinnamon Stick (Secondary 20 days)Spice10
0.50 ItemsNutmeg (Secondary 20 days)Spice11
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.078 SGMeasured Original Gravity: 1.066 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.025 SGMeasured Final Gravity: TBD
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.0 %Actual Alcohol by Vol: TBD
Bitterness: 27.1 IBUsCalories: 427.1 kcal/l
Est Color: 15.5 SRM
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch SpargeTotal Grain Weight: 7.21 kg
Sparge Water: 17.75 lGrain Temperature: 23.5 C
Sparge Temperature: 75.6 CTun Temperature: 23.5 C
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUEMash PH: 5.20

Mash Steps

NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 19.06 l of water at 76.8 C68.9 C45 min

Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (5, 15l) of 75.6 C water
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: KegVolumes of CO2: 2.3
Pressure/Weight: 12.5 PSIKeg/Bottling Temperature: 21.1 C
BU:GU = 0.35

-Using leftovers!
-2-row = 5.428kg 2-row + 0.134kg Marris Otter + 0.07kg Pilsner Malt

-Added an extra ~2.5L; used in first sparge; added boiling as a “mini-mash”

**Adding the extra volume was a huge mistake, and dirctly responsible for the low gravity – boiling off an extra 2L would have led to a dead-on gravity!

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3 thoughts on “Krampus Kristmas Ale

  • September 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Helli, where can we find this krampus beer?


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