Christmas ale

Beer Recipe By Jon Griffin

Christmas ales are a tradition in many parts of Europe and this Christmas ale is based on an English bitter. It is a fairly easy homebrew recipe, although it does take a little bit of experience. It is a spicy, fruity moderate strength English Style Christmas Ale.

I would advise not increasing the spice amounts. People that have tried that have found the flavor to be to overbearing. You can also change the fruit additions. I have used mango and peach in the secondary with no apple, and it is also wonderful.


Freeze the fruit first or use the winemakers trick of spraying with sulfite to kill wild yeast and bacteria.

See Full Instructions for more details.

I use Servomyces in all my beers along with yeast nutrient.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 90 min 56.9 IBUs 17.5 SRM 1.060 SG 1.010 SG 6.5 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Specialty, Experimental, Historical Beer 24 1.03 - 1.11 1.006 - 1.024 5 - 70 5 - 50 2 - 2.8 2.5 - 12 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) UK 8 lbs 71.11
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 1 lbs 8.89
Roasted Barley 4 oz 2.22
Honey 2 lbs 17.78


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Cascade 2 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 5.4
Cascade 0.5 oz 20 min Boil Pellet 5.4
Williamette 0.5 oz 2 min Boil Pellet 5.5


Name Amount Time Use Type
Coriander Seed 0.25 oz 20 min Boil Spice
Orange Zest 1.00 oz 10 min Boil Spice
Cinnamon Stick 0.10 oz 10 min Boil Spice
Coriander Seed 0.25 oz 5 min Boil Spice
Crushed Tart Apples 2.00 lb 5 min Primary Flavor
Crushed Cranberry 4.00 lb 4 days Primary Flavor


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
London Ale (WLP013) White Labs 71% 66°F - 71°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 154°F 60 min
Recipe Type
Experience Level