Festivus Golden Ale

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  1. Hambone

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    Posted 12/10/17 at 3:17 AM
    Thinking of starting with a Golden Ale kit and maybe adding in some spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg for a Christmasy feel.

    Any thoughts?
    Cheers Hamo
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 3:39 AM
    i say go for it, i had a beer at the harbury beer festival in the UK that had vanilla and rhubarb in it, it actually want to bad, hardly a session beer and pretty potent but none the less tasty.

    the amount you put in is likely where you need to pay some attention, dont want it to be overwhelming, just a hint of flavour i would say.

    good luck.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 5:27 AM
    You'll find that those flavours would be easier to incorporate in to a darker style of beer, but it would be worth a try in a lighter style, to fit with xmas during the Aussie summer. I think that you'd have to be very restrained in your use of the spices though, without a heavy malt backbone to the beer like you would get with a stout/xmas ale
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 5:41 AM
    That's my dilemma. They can be strong flavours but I was trying to get some Christmas flavour in there somehow.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 8:09 AM
    What yeast are you thinking of?
     
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    Will there be an Aluminum pole and 'feats of strength?
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 9:28 AM
    Not sure about you, but Australian Christmas to me is about cold, crisp beer and cooking a BBQ in the searing heat whilst bushfire embers drop around you.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 10:13 AM
    No idea what yeast.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 10:14 AM
    Yeah totally agree but I'm just trying to think of something out of the box.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 10:52 AM
    Completely understand. You brew to your tastes and to what type of beer you want - not for anybody else. Sorry if I came across as a knob, not intentional.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 10:54 AM
    Not at all mate, didn't take it that way.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 7:01 PM
    Maybe you could take the golden ale kit add some simple sugar and spices and ferment hot with saison yeast.

    Spices in saison play pretty well with the yeast, however I’d be going light on with the spice additions. Belle saison is a good strain and you can push it pretty high (28C) and it’ll finish out nice and dry.

    Ive always got a keg of saison on during summer!
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 8:50 PM
    Yeah that sounds good. I've never used Saison, I'll check it out.
    Cheers
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 9:00 PM
    All preferences but spices to me go better in a dark beer but as Shacked said Saison would a light style to do this with.

    In a light beer, I have used orange peel with great success and it was in a Saison.
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 9:14 PM
    Ok thanks mate. I'm reckon I'm starting to put a plan together.
    Cheers
     
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    Posted 12/10/17 at 10:44 PM
    If you can find it, grab a bottle of Saison DuPont and see if you like it. Otherwise Nomad do a saison with coffee beans and botanicals - I think it's called something like long drive saison
     
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    Posted 13/10/17 at 12:49 AM
    A Belgian Saison would be a tasty option.
     
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    Posted 13/10/17 at 4:14 AM
    Will check it out
     
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    Posted 13/10/17 at 7:14 AM
    So do you mean a Belgian Ale fermented with Saison?
     
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    Posted 13/10/17 at 7:16 AM
    Pretty much anything fermented with saison yeast!!!
     

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