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Winter Warmer

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Winter Warmer ales are like gingerbread and cognac wrapped up in a beer. Start with a good-tasting beer foundation, add some spice on top, and finish with some alcoholic warmth. This recipe clocks in at around 8.7% ABV.

Note: The recipe below is for extract brewing a 5.5-gallon batch. For an all-grain alternative, substitute 16 pounds of pale 2-row malt (such as Golden Promise or Maris Otter) for the pale ale LME. You can add the specialty grains to the mash, or steep them as you would for the extract version. Mash at 152°F. Sparge and lauter the mash into the kettle and bring to a boil, then proceed to step 4 below.

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