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Before hops became the conventional flavoring for beer, medieval European brewers used proprietary spice mixtures, and many modern breweries still use a blend of spices along with hops for seasonally-brewed holiday beers. We started with a Scottish-style ale and added a blend of spices to create a medium-bodied, malty, clean base beer with a sweet, exotic spice character reminiscent of mulled wine.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Spiced Winter Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style No Original Gravity 1047 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.5 / 5.036 ReviewsSmooth and slightly spicy. Nice brewScottish ale base is smooth and malty. Spice pack adds a nice light flavor, making it an enjoyable beer. Turned out to be one of my favorites so far. I strained out the spices after cooling the wort, which left in just the right amount of aroma and spicy zip.October 11, 2016Used half of the mulling spicesIt is in the secondary right now and I snuck about 10 ounces out - so far it tastes on point! I recommend only using half of the spices- I added an extra pound of malt because I was looking for a rich malty Christmas beer this year, with a higher gravity as well. I can't wait........November 12, 2015Excellent!!Got picked this one up as part of one of the frequent "buy 3 of 5 kits at a reduced price." I try to get in on these deals whenever they come out because as always I get quality beer kits for great prices. This kit was great! it had just the right amount of spice to it was an obvious holiday delight. My wife really liked it and she tends to shy away from ales. I highly recommend this kit, it will not disappoint. I wish I hadn't drained the keg so fast; Christmas is still a week away and I am all out!!December 17, 2015Love it..well. loved it....it's all goneGreat overall cold weather brew. Just the right amount of spices and ABV. Will definitely brew again next year.March 11, 2017Purchased
9 months agoGood recipe any time of the yearI brewed this one for xmas. After 4 weeks of conditioning in bottles, beer was still "green". I gave it 5 more weeks and that made the difference. I recommend using 1/2 of the spice mixture (the small package is deceiving) for a great balance of flavor, It gives just a hint of spices and blends well with the rye taste . Abv was 5.50 for 41/5 gals. It does not have the bite like other scottish-style ales. I am now into grain recipes, but plan to re-order this one again.January 22, 2016This will be a repeat next yearI really like this beer. I brewed according to the recipe and instructions with one exception. I picked out almost all the cloves and only used about 40% of the spice blend. I don't care for cloves, personally, and I was afraid of too much spice. I was very happy with the balance I got. Definitely spiced, but, not overpowering. This is one of my favorite kits to date.February 6, 2016Awesome as usual!Northern Brewer comes through again! As many places as I've order home brew products from, I know I can always count on Northern Brewer to deliver great products. If there should be a problem they always make it right.November 12, 2015November 12, 2015Go easy on the spicesA great beer! Reading some of the other reviews, I only put in half of the spices that came with the kit, resulting in a much more subtle, enjoyable brew.November 13, 2015Should be a good Holiday aleI just bottled the ale 3 days ago, so I won't open the first bottle for another 10 days or so, but the aroma seems interesting. I'm anxious to try it soon!November 13, 2015
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 15 answersCould you bottle this beer in 3 weeks, or does it truly need time in a secondary fermenter with spices or the like?BEST ANSWER: This beer benefits heavily from secondary fermentation. You could away with not letting it sit but you'll more than likely end up with just a winter ale with now noticeable spice on the palate. This is definitely a beer that requires patience. You will only be happier the longer, within reason, you let sit. I got great results by letting it age properly whereas the batch I did in a hurry ended up just tasting like any other ale with similar ingredients. After doing this for 15 years I've learned repeatedly that patience is key to getting what you want out of homebrewing. Give yourself plenty of time to allow flavors to develop, even with simple flavor profiles, and you'll end up with a winning beer every single time.what is the average ABV for Spiced Winter Ale Extract Kit?BEST ANSWER: The ABV on that should be right around 4.5% on average.This is the second time I brewed this beer it was good last year only a very slight metallic taste, this year very metallic almost bloodline taste. I brew the same all the time, never straying from my sanitation and cleaning. This is very frustrating as I won't give it to anyone to even try. I only use northern brewer kits and never have i had a bad batch or off flavors except for this kit. I wont buy again. Coulld it be the hops, or spices? Anybody else get metallic off flavors with this one? Please help so this never happens again.BEST ANSWER: Hi Jared,
Sorry to hear about this issue! "Metallic" is one of my least favorite off-flavors, since it seems to be one of the hardest to troubleshoot. The first thing I would offer would be John Palmer's over-view of the most common causes. Metallic is near the bottom of the list, but it might be worthwhile to read through the other off-flavors as well, since everybody's palate is so different:
Does any of this ring true? Let me know what you think of it.
CharlesHas anyone brewed recently? What are your thoughts on the spice amount? Not sure if NB has changed spice blend since reviews written (seems most from 2013 say to use less than full spices).BEST ANSWER: The amount of spice has not changed. It's possible some people could get misweighed spice packets...or just be sensitive to the amount of spice. I personally like it more mild so about half the packet is perfect for me. Most people like to really taste the spice
as a character of the beer
instead of a supporting compliment
when advertised as 'spiced'.I brewed this one for the holidays. My 2nd batch ever. After about 8 weeks (fermentation, secondary and bottle conditioning) I took a few to share over the holidays. Popped off the caps, got very little carbonation hiss, all bottles opened were flat. After about 2-3 more weeks, I opened another, and it had over carbonated, foam pouring out the top of the bottle. Now I have about half a 5 gal batch left. 1 out of every 5 opened is perfect... the rest, about 3 ounces of beer poured into a 16 glass causes it to foam over the top of the glass AND the bottle keeps foaming until it is at least 3/4 empty. They were NOT shaken..... what happened, and how do I avoid this in the future?BEST ANSWER: Carbonation is the result of yeast, sugar, temperature, and time. In this case, it sounds like the sugar may not have been equally distributed throughout your beer prior to bottling. In the future, I would recommend giving your beer a gentle stir to thoroughly mix priming sugar in your bottling bucket.
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