Bad Santa – Christmas Beer

Christmas day is just five weeks away so I’ve left it way too late to brew a typical big Festive beer but I do fancy having a play around with some of the flavours and maybe serving something a bit special to guests over the holiday.

I’ve settled on a recipe called Bad Santa that is usually brweed to around 8-9%. I’ve proportionally scaled all the grains back to bring it to about 4.5% but kept the rest of the ingredients to the same level. The plan is the lower ABV means it will condition quicker and should be ready to drink by Xmas. If not, I’ll bottle some and give as gifts.


Brewer: Woodstock
Batch Size: 23.02 l Style: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spice Beer (21B)
Boil Size: 33.29 l Style Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 21.0 EBC Equipment: Pot (13 Gal/50 L) – BIAB
Bitterness: 20.5 IBUs Boil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.045 (11.2° P) Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Est FG: 1.009 SG (2.3° P) Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage
ABV: 4.8% Taste Rating: 30.0


Amount Name Type #
3.50 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC) Grain 1
300.0 g Caramel/Crystal Malt – 20L (39.4 EBC) Grain 2
300.0 g Caramunich Malt (110.3 EBC) Grain 3
300.0 g Munich Malt (17.7 EBC) Grain 4
18.3 g Black (Patent) Malt (985.0 EBC) Grain 5
330.0 g Maple Syrup (69.0 EBC) Grain 6
25.0 g Northern Brewer [8.5%] – Boil 60 min Hops 7
1.00 Vanilla Bean (Boil 20 min) Misc 8
3.00 Cinnamon Stick (Boil 20 min) Misc 9
1 pkgs Irish Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP004) Yeast 10
0.25 l Cherry Syrup (Secondary 2 weeks) Misc 11