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Feats of strength! Airing of grievances! The infamous aluminum Festivus pole! This miraculous pint of ale is a tradition for Festivus holidays to come. It's mildly spiced, yet packed with sufficient ABV to ensure winter-time glory—if you don't successfully pin down the head of the household, a few pints of Festivus Miracle will.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Festivus Miracle Holiday Ale Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1070 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.3 / 5.014 ReviewsGreat warming beer.Used two packs of 05 yeast for fermentation. As noted in other reviews, this is a very robust fermentation start with a blow off tube. 2 weeks primary and 10 days secondary. Kegged and sampled 3 days in keg at 10 psi 40 degrees. Nice warm flavor kind of boozy. Spice enjoyable, but not overpowering. It reminds me a lot of Shiner Bocks winter seasonal which is a dunkelweisen. I would definitely brew this again. I brewed the spiced winter ale and this one is better than the winter ale. This will definitely be in my fall/holiday rotation.January 8, 2016Excellent beer, but beware!This beer turned out great, but the fermentation was crazy! I used a blow-off tube, which spurted plenty of foam through it, but the exit for the tube got clogged and the lid blew off the fermenting bucket. After a good carpet scrubbing, the house is back to new, and the beer turned out great anyway! I look forward to enjoying the rest around the Festivus pole while I air my grievances.December 7, 2015Ho Ho HammeredTurned out way better than anticipated. I expected a solid spiced ale but this is above and beyond. I brewed as directed, but dropped a pound of standard honey in at 5 min. Left in secondary for about 2 months and then force carbonated in a keg at 30 psi for 4 days.. First 2-3 pours had a dry bitter finish but every one since has been perfect. It reminds me of Southern Tier 2Xmas but better. All of my Christmas Eve guests said this was one of the best Christmas beers they ever had...as they stumbled out the door. Will definitely become the new holiday tradition.December 28, 2015Excellent Beer....beware of the spiceI brewed this at the beginning of November, and was pleased as always with the tidiness of the kit and the freshness of the ingredients (NB does a great job packaging their ingredients in user friendly containers). The instructions were very clear, and the my brew day went great....until it came time to spice things up. When I was adding the mulling spice at flameout, I intended to only add half the pack as per the instructions. However, with a slip of the hand and inattention on my part, I added the whole pack. After that, I decided to add all of the orange rind as well (instead of half) to balance the mulling spice.
My OG came out higher than expected at 1.082, so I was hoping that the higher ABV would balance the spice, which was overwhelming after transfer to primary. I used Wyeast 1728, and the fermentation took off, with final gravity at 1.01. I again sampled during transfer to secondary and the spice was still overwhelming. I kegged the beer approximately 2 weeks ago, and with chilling and carbing, its taste has improved, but it is still very spice-forward both the in the aroma and the taste, however, the malt is starting to shine through, and I think the taste will only improve.
I plan on transferring to bottles with hopes the spice will further settle down in the bottles. I will probably reorder this kit next fall to have ready for the holidays, but will definitely separate the spice pack in half before it comes time to add it to my brew-kettleDecember 16, 2016Purchased
8 months agoExcellent Holiday AleI ordered this to make with my son as he wanted a holiday beer. I generally do not care for spiced beers. That being said, we just opened the first bottles yesterday and it is fantastic. Great flavorful beer. The spices blend nicely with the Ale. Taste as good or better than the description! This will be a highlight at our Christmas Eve party!December 4, 2015great beerThis beer is a very good beer. It has a great flavor to it. Highly recommended brew.December 31, 2014best kit yetwonderful beer, rich toffee notes and a well rounded spice. It may indeed be a festivus miracle, in that we got around 12% abv in this batch. It also may be due to the fact that we also make mead and the champagne yeasties in the air may have added to the alcohol.February 3, 2015There's a lot going on here.....Brewed Nov 8th, worked with the NB MPLS staff around modifying into a Partial Mash kit. Explosive and very quick fermentation as one of the other reviewers mentioned, assume a blow off tube. Racked two weeks then kegged. Initial samples about a week after kegging - taste dominated by the mulling spices, really overpowered anything else in the beer. Has now been in the keg for a full two weeks + and the spiciness has become more balanced, starting to pull some of the orange peel into the backside of the glass. Really hoping as the it continues to age in the keg it continues to mellow the heavy spiciness this beer carries with it. If you're not kegging this, I would assume at least 5 or 6 weeks in the bottle to take that edge off. Overall, 3.5 stars today with the potential for a 4+ star once it ages and balances out.December 15, 20142 weeks in....After an extremely active fermentation (pitched 2 packs of Safale US-05) requiring blowoff tube, transferred to secondary after 15 days in primary. Sampled hydrometer volume and wow it is really a good tasting beard. Added 1/2 cinnamon stick and 2 cloves in last 10 minutes of boil for a little more spice flavor and primary at 64-66 degrees. Will secondary for 2 weeks and then keg just in time for Christmas.December 1, 2014Great Beer but be carefulThis beer came out great. I followed the advice of the description and added only half of the spices and orange peel but the spice taste is a bit over powering. I would recommend using even less as not to dominate the flavor. Maybe one quarter or so of the additions.Happy Festivus!February 18, 2015
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