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Blitzers Holiday Winter Ale

Blitzers Holiday Winter Ale

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Malt Extracts


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  1. If you chose liquid yeast, prepare the yeast according to the directions on the back of the package. If you chose a dry active yeast, you will need to add it after the wort has cooled, step 14.
  2. Prepare the pumpkin by heating 1.5 qts of water to 170° F then turn off heat and mix in 15 oz of Libby’s Pure Pumpkin. Add 3 tsp Amylase Enzyme and stir vigorously for 1 minute. Cover and set aside.
  3. Put grains into a grain bag or muslin bag. Heat 2.5 gallons of filtered water along with Brew Saltz to 162° F then turn off heat and add grain bag. DO NOT add grains to water above 165° F.
  4. Let temperature rest down to 143° F (about 20 minutes). Leave pot uncovered.
  5. Turn heat back on and slowly heat to 158° F. Stir grain bag gently from time to time then remove grain bag and let it drain into the brew pot. DO NOT squeeze grain bag.
  6. Rinse grains over brew pot by slowly pouring 1 quart of HOT water over the top of the grain bag. Discard grains.
  7. With the heat off, add malt extracts and stir. Turn on heat and while stirring bring to a boil.
  8. Make note of the time the boil starts and add 1/2 oz of Magnum hops. Do not boil too hard, make sure it is a calm boil.
  9. After 30 mins of boiling add 1/2 oz Magnum hops.
  10. Boil another 15 mins and add 1/2 oz Magnum hops along with the Irish Moss.
  11. Boil an additional 10 mins and add the pumpkin mixture, spices, and remaining 1/2 oz of Magnum hops.
  12. Turn off heat and let steep for 5 mins while gently stirring.
  13. Cool the wort and strain into fermenter on top of 2 gallons of very cold water. HINT: 8 lbs of filtered ice = 1 gallon of water.
  14. Top off to 5 gallons. After the wort cools to 80° or below open the yeast package and pour the contents on top of the wort.
  15. Ferment for 7-10 days at 68°-72° F. Optional: You can transfer from primary to secondary after 6-7 days and leave in secondary for 10 days.
  16. The final specific gravity should be 1.016-1.020. To bottle, rack into bottling bucket. Heat 12 oz of water and 3/4 cup dextrose in microwave for 2 minutes then add to bottling bucket. Stir together gently and thoroughly. Bottle and cap. Store at room temperature 7-10 days. Chill as needed and enjoy!

Blitzers Holiday Winter Ale Recipe*

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Priming Sugar

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