Crazy Christmas

Beautiful dark beer with very slight carbonation. “Good job.” goes to our friends Justin & Greg, two new homebrewers and contributors to BrewingReport.

Style Information

Name: Crazy Christmas
Recipe Type: Partial Mash
Category: Porter

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
liquid Pale Malt 10 lb Steep until 170 degrees
Munich 15 L 2 1/2 lb Steep until 170 degrees
Brown Malt 1 1/2 lb Steep until 170 degrees
Crystal 120 1 lb Steep until 170 degrees
Chocolate Malt 1 1/4 lb Steep until 170 degrees


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Magnum 1 oz 12.2% 12.2 60 Boil for 60 min
E K Goldings 1/2 oz 5.4% 5.4 10 min Added at last 10 min of boil


Name Type Use Amount Time Notes
Molasses Flavor Boil 2 Tbs 10 Added at the last 10 min of boil
Bourbon Flavor 1 3/4 cups Put into quart jar. NOTE: Brewers Justin & Gregg recommend using 1/2 cup less. Start with 1 1/4 cups
Mild Toast Oak Chips Flavor 2 oz Add to the Bourbon
Vanilla Beans Flavor 3 Scrape out and quarter stalks. Add to the Bourbon and oak chips. Let sit at 65-70 degrees for one week.


Name Amount Notes
White labs 001 1 vial Added to 1800 ml starter 72 hours prior


Amount: 6 gal
Water Description: Bottled
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 5


Step Time Temperature Container Additions
Name: Amount
2 weeks 65-70 Carboy
Vanilla Beans: 3
After one week, add 3 Vanilla Beans, Scraped and quartered. Strain the Bourbon. Add to wort. Let set for one week.


Estimated OG: 1.079
Estimated FG: 1.017
Estimated ABV: 8.12%
Actual OG: 1.076
Actual FG: 1.018
Actual ABV: 7.65%
Bitterness: 37 IBU
Estimated Color: 32 SRM

Tasting notes

Very dark mahogany, Slight boozy smell with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate hits the palate first with vanilla in the middle finishing up with bourbon and heat at the back. Light carbonation which fits this beer perfectly. Brewers Justin and Gregg said they recommend using a half cup less of bourbon.

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