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Festivus Miracle Holiday Ale Kit


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Beneath a mountain of snowy froth lies the garnet-hued elixir of celebrations to come. A glint of orange peel invigorates the senses, cascading into a full-bodied pillar of Festivus ale. Adornments of holiday spice warm the nose as delicate hints of stone fruit, raisin and caramel wrestle for center stage. Toasty malt adds complexity to the impressive mouthfeel for a comforting, prolonged finish.

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Festivus Miracle Holiday Ale Kit

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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.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Festivus Miracle Holiday Ale Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1070
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.1 / 5.0
19 Reviews
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1 Stars
Nice and Spicy
Brewed this a few months ago and recently started enjoying it. Spicy flavors and notes are very forward. I used just over 1/2 the packet (recommended by NB and others) and would have probably used more in the future. Flavor is otherwise consistent with the style of a spiced ale. Unique flavors for the season - but liked by the family.
March 1, 2018
7 months ago
Christmas, bananas, and good color.
This brew smells amazing while in the fermenter, made my closet smell like early Christmas every time I opened it. After bottling and carbonation, the beer was enjoyed by all on xmas eve. Surprisingly, it has a strong upfront smell of banana, but does have a decent spice kick at the end, similar to that of golden monkey. Different, but good. Will definitly buy for next year.
January 10, 2018
Delightful Holiday Brew
This is my second year for Festivus... delightful! Used Safale yeast and got very vigorous fermentation quickly. I used the Catalyst conical fermentor with a blow-off tube. Changed the mason jar after about a week, then left it for 3 more weeks. Temps were on the low end of the range. Bottled, conditioned for 10 days. It will mature with a few more weeks, but nice malt / hops / spice balance. Will brew again next year.
November 24, 2017
6 months ago
Jumbled directions
I didn't think to read the reviews first would've been helpful. I don't think this will turn out as we just put in the fermenter and the lid has popped off twice. The instructions seemed a little jumbled at time and had two steps hidden with in other steps and not separated like other steps. I am very disappointed with the issues we have had. My brewing buddy still thinks it will be ok. He's more optimistic than me. Even wanted to get another one of these kits. The three stars is because of the customer service I got to change the shipping from flat rate to two day. Will provide update if it turns out great.
October 30, 2017
6 months ago
Great idea, but was a bit overwhelming
Unfortunately this was my only brew which my friends/family didn't prefer. The problem was two fold:

1. For some reason after carbonization, the brew was way too bubbly. As in, it wouldn't stop fizzing out the bottles. This may have been my fault, but it was something that I've never had happen before.

2. Partakers thought it was way too spicy, not hot, just a lot of flavor going on. If that's your bag, then this brew's for you.

As always, the recipe was easy to follow and arrived quickly, Northern Brewer continues to deliver.

Just be aware, this has a lot going on with it, very complex flavors that may turn off some people.
September 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
Excellent Beer....beware of the spice
I 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-kettle
December 16, 2016
1 year ago
Maybe not a spice guy.
This is not a bad beer, it just isn't as good as some of the other 29 I've brewed. Brewed on 8/28/15. My son wanted me to throw in the all the spices from the pack but after reading reviews I put in just under half. That was plenty! Fermented at 66 degrees and went from primary to bottles on 9/29. Did not need a blow off tube but the fermentation was active. Ended up with a 7.5% ABV. Once I started drinking FM the taste for the first month was like a slap in the face of clove and cinnamon, the next month was like a pinch of the cheek and monjie, monjie, monjie, then it settled down and the flavors blended much better. The worst part was the lack of carbonation. So, it was a nice beer to have over the holidays but not one of my favorites. Glad I tried it.
February 6, 2016
Just ok
First off let me say i knew going into this that it was not my "type" of beer but we wanted to give it a try to have around the holidays. We brewed in early November and popped the first few right after Christmas. To me this taste like a Belgian quad and has hints of cloves and banana where i was expecting other types of flavors and spices to come in. Maybe it was the Belgian steeping grains. We also only used half the bag of mulling spices. Again the brew came out fine, just not my cup of tea,
February 5, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Great 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, 2016
Ho Ho Hammered
Turned 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, 2015
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what is the I.B.U'S on this?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I did not measure it. It is not a particularly hoppy ale, focus is on the orange peel and mulling spices. I've brewed it for the last two holiday seasons, last batch I left out the spices, just went with the orange peel. Very good, mildly strong - 6-8%, gets better with age.
Final gravity estimate?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine finished at about 1.021
Is it recommended to make a starter for this beer? Or are multiple units of liquid yeast included?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I’ve made it several times. I always used the dry yeast that comes with the kit. It’s always turned out real good!
At what temp should you ferment this beer?
T C on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will turn out best if fermented between 60 and 70 degrees.
What is the typical ABV of this beer?
Louski on Sep 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will vary based on yeast choice and some steps in the process

but it should produce around 6-6.5% ABV

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