I am going to brew the NB spiced winter ale kit this weekend. However, I have been reading a lot of reviews stating that the beer is over spiced. On the other hand, I have not ready many solutions to the problem. I was wondering if there was anyone out there that has brewed this kit more than once and was able to tame the spices? I like a spiced beer, but I do not like a beer that is over spiced. Any suggestions?
I just received this kit yesterday and will be brewing it soon. I’ve brewed with mulling spices in the past and they can quickly overpower the beer. I plan on adding just half the spice pack at the end of the boil. I’m going to put the other half in a few oz of vodka to create a “tea” so I can adjust the flavor at the end of fermentation (adding just what I want at bottling/kegging time). Alternately, you could omit it on brew day and make a “tea” with all of it and add however much you want at bottling/kegging time based on how much of the flavor you want in the finished product. For me, I’m doing both hoping to get a deeper flavor without overpowering with spice.
I did this last year and agree, the beer is overspiced.
If I did it again, which I probably won’t, I’d cut the cinnamon stick in half and use half the vodka the recipe calls for. Maybe use a small amount of nutmeg, too.
I brewed this beer a little over a year ago. I find it undrinkable but my wife likes it. You definitely need to reduce the spices. The clove- amongst other spices - is overpowering. I still have a case left and it hasn’t mellowed at all in 14 months. If you like those spices, I’d suggest using 25% or less of what came with the kit.
Thanks for all of the advice. The kit came with both Spiced winter all grains and mulling spices. Should I cut both in 1/2 or just the mulling spices? Which do you think overpower it. I am not going for a wild overspiced beer. I am shooting for a beer flavor with the hint of christmas morning in the background . What do you think, cut both in 1/2 or just the mulling spices? I am worried if I don’t use all of the Spiced Winter All Grains that I will not get the OG I am hoping for, and I don’t have any DME on hand to substitute to raise the OG.