|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?
|Krampus Krismas Ale|
|Christmas/Winter Specialty Spice Beer|
|Type: All Grain||Date: 13-09-02|
|Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 l||Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %|
|Boil Size: 29.34 l||Est Mash Efficiency 75.6 %|
|Boil Time: 90 min||End of Boil Volume 24.5 l|
|Final Bottling Volume: 19.50 l|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.078 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.066 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.025 SG||Measured Final Gravity: TBD|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.0 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: TBD|
|Bitterness: 27.1 IBUs||Calories: 427.1 kcal/l|
|Est Color: 15.5 SRM|
|Mash Name: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge||Total Grain Weight: 7.21 kg|
|Sparge Water: 17.75 l||Grain Temperature: 23.5 C|
|Sparge Temperature: 75.6 C||Tun Temperature: 23.5 C|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE||Mash PH: 5.20|
Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (5, 15l) of 75.6 C water
Carbonation and Storage
|Carbonation Type: Keg||Volumes of CO2: 2.3|
|Pressure/Weight: 12.5 PSI||Keg/Bottling Temperature: 21.1 C|
|BU:GU = 0.35|
**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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