The Night After Christmas (Santa’s Yuletide Steam Beer)

From the BrewBlog of Bobby Erwin – Graniteville, Vermont USA
Printed November 20, 2019

Style: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
Brew Date: November 3, 2018
Yield: 5 gallons
Color (SRM/EBC): 27.4/53.9
Bitterness (Calc): 40 IBU (Tinseth)
Batch No: 62
Target OG: 1.062
Status: Planned
BJCP Style Info: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
Info: A stronger, darker, spiced beer that often has a rich body and warming finish suggesting a good accompaniment for the cold winter season.

Commercial Examples: Anchor Our Special Ale, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Nils Oscar Julöl, Goose Island Christmas Ale, North Coast Wintertime Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager Beer, Samuel Adams Winter Lager, Troegs The Mad Elf, Jamtlands Julöl.

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.


Malts and Grains
9.00 pounds American Pale Malt (2-Row) 80% of grist
1.75 pounds Crystal Malt 60L 15.6% of grist
0.50 pounds British Black Patent Malt 4.4% of grist
11.25 pounds Total Grain Weight 100% of grist
1.00 pounds Honey  
1 oz Ginger Root @ 10 minutes  
6 inches Cinnamon Stick @ 10 minutes  
4 medium oranges Sweet Orange Peel @ 10 minutes  
1.00 ounces Cascade 6.9% Pellets @ 60 minutes
Type: Bittering
Use: Boil
6.9 AAUs
1.00 ounces Cascade 6.8% Leaf @ 30 minutes
Type: Flavor
Use: Boil
6.8 AAUs
0.50 ounces Saaz 2.6% Pellets @ 30 minutes
Type: Flavor
Use: Boil
1.3 AAUs
0.50 ounces Saaz 2.6% Pellets @ 2 minutes
Type: Aroma
Use: Aroma
1.3 AAUs
3.00 ounces Total Hop Weight 16.3 AAUs
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
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
The Night After Christmas (Santa’s Yuletide Steam Beer)
Date Brewed:  
Brew Day Data
  Target Actual
Strike Water Amount: 3.7  
Strike Water Temperature:    
Mash Temperature:    
Mash Time:    
Sparge Water Amount: 4.8  
Sparge Water Temperature:    
Pre-Boil Gravity:    
Pre-Boil Amount: 5.9  
Post-Boil Amount: 5  
Boil Time: 60  
Original Gravity: 1.062 / 15.2° P  
Brew Day Notes

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