Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#15 - Ronk Christmas Bock [Extract]

Since its getting close to the festive season I went searching for a Christmas beer that sounded tasty. Seeing as I was still quite new to extract brewing and I had just started using BeerSmith (#14), I went looking on their website for a recipe. I went through the various recipies and came across "Happy Holidays Ale" which attracted my attention due to the simplicity of the ingredients and the addition of a speciality grain called 'Special B Malt'. It was great to see something that wasn't the same old iteration involving crystal grains.
Steeping grains
As was the case in the previous brew (#14), some of the ingredients were not available in the home brew store. I had to substitute the grains with something so I literally guessed that Carafa Special I Roasted Caramalt would do the trick. 

The resulting taste of this brew has been very good. Fairly good head retention which I reckon could be improved a lot with the addition of some flaked Oates. As it was a Christmas beer I would have liked a bit more of the cloves and cinnamon to come through. They were very much in the background and I couldn't detect them. The next time I think I would double their addition size to increase their potency. The hops come through very well in aroma and taste. They are not overpowering but are still upfront enough to be enjoyable. Overall a recommended recipe. :) 

Recipe: Ronk Christmas Bock TYPE: Extract
Style: Fruit Beer/Bock

---RECIPE SPECIFICATIONS-----------------------------------------------
SRM: 31.3 SRM SRM RANGE: 5.0-50.0 SRM
IBU: 21.4 IBUs Tinseth IBU RANGE: 5.0-70.0 IBUs
OG: 1.059 SG OG RANGE: 1.030-1.110 SG
FG: 1.013 SG FG RANGE: 1.006-1.024 SG
BU:GU: 0.365 Calories: 169.1 kCal/12 oz Est ABV: 6.0 %
EE%: 72.00 % Batch: 5.02 gal      Boil: 3.69 gal BT: 60 Mins

Taste of Christmas! 
Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
3.96 gal              Dublin, Ireland                       Water         1           -             

Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort
---BOIL PROCESS-----------------------------
Est Pre_Boil Gravity: 1.088 SG Est OG: 1.059 SG
Amt                   Name                                                 Type           #        %/IBU         
6 lbs 9.8 oz          Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)                  Dry Extract   3        85.7 %        
2.00 oz               Cascade [4.30 %] - Boil 45.0 min           Hop           4        19.3 IBUs     
0.45 kg               Honey (Boil 45.0 mins)                         Other         5        -             
1.00 tsp              Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins)                    Fining        6        -             
4.00 Items           Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 10.0 mins)      Spice         7        -             
2.00 tsp              Vanilla (Boil 10.0 mins)                         Spice         8        -             
0.25 tsp              Cloves (Ground) (Boil 10.0 mins)           Spice         10       -             
0.25 tsp              Cinnamon (Powdered) (Boil 10.0 mins)   Spice         9        -             
1.00 oz               Cascade [4.30 %] - Boil 5.0 min            Hop           11       2.1 IBUs      

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