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Christmas Brews – Part 2

With the countdown to Christmas now in full effect, it’s time to brew those Christmas beers to help us get through the day. Our resident brewer ‘Samta’ has developed some classic recipes with a Christmas twist to be released each week during November.

This English style brown ale is modelled on gingerbread with dry ginger, bready flavours and aromas with a hint of chocolate that is backed up by a firm English hop bitterness and flavour. This is a perfect session ale for drinking all Christmas day.

Food parings: Gingerbread, Cake, Cookies and BBQ or Roast Meat

Ginger Bread Brown Ale

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  • Batch size: 23L (fermenter volume)
  • Mash: 60 Mins
  • Boil: 60 Mins
  • OG – 1.043
  • FG – 1.011
  • Colour – 34.5 EBC
  • Bitterness – 22.1 IBU
  • ABV – 4.2%


10%0.42Supernova Malt (Gladfield)37113.3Mash
2%0.08Gladfield Dark Chocolate Malt331300Mash
10%0.42Gladfield Brown Malt34178.1Mash
5%0.21Gladfield Biscuit Malt3560.1Mash
2%0.08Caramel Malt – 120L (Briess)32.2236.3Mash
71%3Maris Otter Pale – UK386.5Mash


NameTemp °CTime min
Mash 16860
Mash Out7510

Grain Substitutions

Supernova Malt : Crystal 60L

Chocolate, Brown, biscuit : local equivalents


37East Kent GoldingsPelletBoil60 min5.522.1

Hop Substitutions

East Kent Goldings : Goldings :  English style hop due to the strong malt and ginger character affect is subtle


10gGinger Root (Fresh)Flame Out

Note: ginger is grated


AmountUnitNameAttenuation %
2PacketsMangrove Jack’s Liberty Bell Ale M3676

Yeast Substitutions

White Labs English Ale WLP002 or WLP007

Wyeast London Ale 1028

Safale US-04

Danstar Nottingham Ale


TypeTemp °CTime days
Fermentation 11814

Beer Finings

For this recipe use your choice of beer finings, we tend to use Irish moss in the boil and if needed either gelatine or isinglass in the secondary.

Check out Part 3 for our Mint Chocolate Stout recipe

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