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Winter Warmers

im interested in making a winter beer. something darker, preferably deep red with nice upfront hop character. something like widmers brrrr. or hopwords abominable.

anyone willing to share their winter warmer recipes? or favorite winter beers? the more info the better. i have a lot of simcoe and amarillo id like to use in something other than an IPA

I would just shoot for a 1.055-60 gravity beer with some darker crystal to add some sweetness. I would say make it stronger, but it may not be in peak condition for the holidays if you are just now brewing it. These hops should work fine. I would also use less hops than an IPA but with a good hop presence so the beer will be maltier than your average IPA. You could also add a few Oz. of chocolate malt for some color.

well, i like to write recipes. this is the recipe ive been tweaking for a winter beer. im still debating on yeast choice though. i want a yeast that will compliment the malt character

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Scoggin
Boil Size: 7.00 gal
Boil Time: 75 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes:

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
9 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 87.56 %
8.0 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.61 %
5.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.23 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 2.30 %
4.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 2.30 %

0.75 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 35.5 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (20 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 9.6 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (20 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 5.6 IBU

1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (5 min) Hops 5.7 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (5 min) Hops 8.8 IBU
0.75 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (3 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.2 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (1 min) Hops 1.9 IBU

1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.061 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.016 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.86 %
Bitterness: 70.0 IBU
Est Color: 15.8 SRM

I’m no yeast expert but I’d highly recommend WY1450 for maltiness and great body.

[quote=“El Capitan”]

I’m no yeast expert but I’d highly recommend WY1450 for maltiness and great body.[/quote]

+1 on both accounts.

I like your idea on the above recipe, but seems like you would want to go bigger…I definitely need to be over 6% to warm me up in winter. :lol:

[quote=“pinnah”]

+1 on both accounts.

I like your idea on the above recipe, but seems like you would want to go bigger…I definitely need to be over 6% to warm me up in winter. :lol: [/quote]

i think im gonna use 1450 thanks to your sudjestions. i’ve never used it before either, and i’ve only heard great things.

i also agree with wanting it to be bigger. still tweaking the recipe a bit. im thinking more around 7.5%-8% abv. i am considering bumping up the crystal malts a little, is roughly 5% crystal too little for the amounts of late hops i’m using?

heres the updated version so far

HopTouch Winter Warmer
Specialty Beer

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 7.00 gal
Boil Time: 75 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU

11 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 87.45 %
12.0 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 5.70 %
6.4 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.04 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 1.90 %
4.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 1.90 %

0.75 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 32.2 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (20 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 8.7 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (20 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 5.1 IBU

1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (5 min) Hops 5.2 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, B.C. [5.00 %] (5 min) Hops 3.1 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (5 min) Hops 7.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (3 min) Hops 3.2 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (3 min) Hops 1.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.1 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (1 min) Hops 1.7 IBU

1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -

1 Pkgs Denny’s 50 (Wyeast #1450) [Starter 250 ml] Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.017 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.42 %
Bitterness: 70.1 IBU
Est Color: 16.4 SRM

brewing this today. made a few slight changes to my recipe. switched up the hops a little.

looks nice and dark in the kettle with a deep amber red in a flask; just what i was going for. have a starter warming to room temp with dennys 1450 (never used before). and i bought a HUB barley wine for after.

so far so good. smooth brew day (knock on wood) :cheers:

HopTouch winter ale

12 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 84.35 %
1 lbs Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 6.75 %
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 5.06 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 1.69 %
3.2 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 1.35 %
1.4 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 0.61 %

0.50 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 19.6 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (20 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 15.9 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (20 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 18.7 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (5 min) Hops 4.8 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (5 min) Hops 5.6 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (5 min) Hops 7.3 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.0 IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (1 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (1 min) Hops 1.2 IBU
1 Pkgs Denny’s 50 (Wyeast #1450) [Starter] Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.079 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.018 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.95 %
Bitterness: 75.7 IBU
Est Color: 16.5 SRM

That recipe looks a lot like an red american ipa to me or kind of small barleywine. I guess I thought Winter Warmers were more malty, not very hop focused beers.

[quote=“S.Scoggin”]im interested in making a winter beer. something darker, preferably deep red with nice upfront hop character. something like widmers brrrr. or hopwords abominable.

anyone willing to share their winter warmer recipes? or favorite winter beers? the more info the better. i have a lot of simcoe and amarillo id like to use in something other than an IPA[/quote]

youre right its really not a winter warmer. it is a lot like a red IIPA. or american barleywine. when i first started the thread my intention was to hear and take advice from forum members winter beer experience, and if anyone had anything like Hopworks abominable or widmers brrrr (both fairly hoppy winter beers).

my lack of knowledge in style guidelines lead to the thread title :oops:

still, i am excited for this beer :cheers:

kegged this beer last night. the hydrometer reading was very tasty. OG 1.083 FG 1.018. taste very good, and just what i was going for. and deep red.

i think i’ll call it an American Imperial Red. thanks for all the advice, in this thread, and my “watter help” thread!! i think this will be a recipe i re-create down the road

:cheers:

[quote=“S.Scoggin”]kegged this beer last night. the hydrometer reading was very tasty. OG 1.083 FG 1.018. taste very good, and just what i was going for. and deep red.

i think i’ll call it an American Imperial Red. thanks for all the advice, in this thread, and my “watter help” thread!! i think this will be a recipe i re-create down the road

:cheers: [/quote]

You could call it any one of a number of things and be right.
It sounds like a very appealing winter warmer to me!!

[quote=“The Professor”]
You could call it any one of a number of things and be right.
It sounds like a very appealing winter warmer to me!![/quote]

Thanks! Im proud of this batch. I may leave out the carapils (<edit: carafoam) next time, but i’ll have to determine that after i poor my first cold/ carbed pint. I dry hopped for 10 days with all three simcoe amarillo and centennials

Unfortunately this beer alone used up a majority of my simcoes and amarillos for the year

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