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BIAB#6 – “Santa’s Big Sack” Christmas Ale


This is a spur of the moment brew, not one I’d been planning to do at all. But I’m in the zone for brewing and aging some big beers at the moment. I’m very restricted on the amount I can boil on my hob, so I figured I’d do the “Basic Brewing” and make a 1 gallon batch. A Christmas beer is the perfect candidate; I’m curious to see what it tastes like in a few months time, but I know I’d never drink a beer like this in quantity.It was great to be doing a bit of “brew in a bag” again. Very simple method and a quick cleanup, but I think I prefer my mash tun.

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 7.20 l
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 l
Bottling Volume: 3.50 l
Estimated OG: 1.089 SG
Estimated Color: 39.2 EBC
Estimated IBU: 43.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 55.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 55.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes


2.400 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC), 93.6 %
0.060 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (78.8 EBC), 2.3 %
0.060 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt -100L (197.0 EBC), 2.3 %
0.030 kg Amber Malt (43.3 EBC), 1.2 %
0.015 kg Roasted Barley (1300.0 EBC), 0.6 %
8 g Northern Brewer [9.70 %] – Boil 60.0 min, 43.9 IBUs
0.13 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)
0.25 tsp Mixed Spice, Ground (Boil 1.0 mins)
0.3 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)
Mash Schedule: Bubbles Small Batch BIAB Mash
Total Grain Weight: 2.565 kg
Saccharification Add 8.77 l of water at 76.2 C 68.0 C 60 min

Sparge: Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Brew Day 26/04/2014 – A lot of work for 5 litres of beer, but this is one beer style I would not see myself drinking a lot of. Volumes were spot-on, with just a little over 5 litres into the fermenter. Sprinkled on the yeast and snapped on the lid. Great Christmas pudding aromas. Nice dark mahogany colour.

10/05/2014 – Got 8 bottles from the batch as expected. Primed with carb drops. Now we wait until Christmas!

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