The Night After Christmas (Santa’s Yuletide Steam Beer)
General Information
Method: All Grain

I've made this recipe a few times. This time, I'm making it with someone who says "I like porters and stouts."  So I'm going for a little more malty flavor.  To get there, I've:

  • Replaced the regular 2-row with Maris Otter
  • Replaced 1# of the Maris Otter with 1# extra cara 60.
  • Slightly increased the Black Patent malt.
Also switching to California Common yeast, because it's delicious.


Scale Recipe
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Malts and Grains
1.00 pounds Honey  
1 oz Ginger Root @ 10 minutes  
6 inches Cinnamon Stick @ 10 minutes  
4 medium oranges Sweet Orange Peel @ 10 minutes  
Total Boil Time: 60 minutes
Name: California Lager
Manufacturer: Wyeast
Product ID: 2112
Type: Lager
Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 69%
Temperature Range: 58–68°F
Amount: 1000 ml
Equipment Profile

7 Gallon/26.5 Liter Kettle and 5 Gallon/19 Liter Cooler Mash Tun

Batch Size: 5.00 gallons Boil Volume: 6.00 gallons
Evaporation Rate: 9.00% per hour Mash Tun Dead Space: 0.25 gallons
Efficiency: 72% Mash Tun Weight: 4.00 pounds
Hop Utilization: 100% Mash Tun Volume: 5.00 gallons
Loss: 0.25 gallons Mash Tun Specific Heat: 0.30 Cal/gram per °C
Mash Profile

Single Infusion Mash, Full Bodied Beer, No Mash Out

Grain Temperature: 72°F Tun Temperature: 72°F
Sparge Temperature: 168°F PH: 5.4
PPG: 34.2 Efficiency: 102.8%

Mash profile for most well-modified malts.


# Name Type Time Temp. Description
1 Mash In Infusion 45 min. 158°F

Add 100% of mash water at 171° F / 77° C

Special Procedures


Water Amounts Calculator


Target Final Boil Volume: 5 gallons  
Evaporation Rate: 1 gallons per hour  
Boil Time: 60 minutes  
Runoff Volume Needed: 6.21 gallons 5 gallons (final boil volume) ÷ 0.96 (cooling) + 1 gallons (boil evaporation)
Grain Amount: 11.25 pounds  
Grain Absorbtion: 2.25 gallons  
Total Water Needed: 8.96 gallons 6.21 gallons (runoff) + 2.25 gallons (grain absorbtion) + .5 gallons (equip. loss)
Mash Water Needed: 3.74 gallons based on 1.33 quarts per pound of grain
Sparge Water Needed: 5.22 gallons 8.96 gallons (total water) – 3.74 gallons (mash water)


Strike Water Temperature Calculator

Grain Weight: 11.5 pounds
Grain Temperature: 67° F  
Strike Water Amount: 3.74 gallons
Target Mash Temperature: 158° F
Equipment Loss: 0° F
Strike Water Temperature: 172° F
Primary: 7 days @ 66° F
Secondary: 14 days @ 58° F
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