I’m sitting here drinking a gingerbread latte, scrolling through a list of gingerbread beers being released this year. By the way – gingerbread latte > pumpkin spice latte. Also, gingerbread beer is better than pumpkin spice beer. This author’s opinion only, of course!
Here’s a recipe that’s been reformulated a few times. Most notably, I used to steep the spices in the hot boil kettle at the end of the boil like a tea, but the flavors were pretty sharp and strong. I also used to throw bourbon soaked oak chips in the fermenter, but that didn’t seem to take flavor in the appropriate direction. The current incarnation is sweet, spicy, and strong, a perfect complement to the holidays.
Gingerbread Cookie Imperial Stout Recipe
Batch Size: 5 Gallons | Original Gravity: 1.100 | Final Gravity: 1.025 | ABV 10%
Recipe Notes: Mash at 154°F for 90 minutes with 5.7 gallons of water. Mash out with 3.4 gallons at 168°F for 10 minutes. 60-minute boil. Two weeks in primary fermenter. 2-4 weeks in secondary. After fermentation stops, give the beer 1 week to settle.
On brew day, add all spices and vanilla extract to steeping bag, and steep in 1 cup of vodka for 2 weeks. Add vodka to bottom of secondary fermenter, and rack beer on top, mixing spicy infusion in to beer.
|13 lbs||Briess Brewers Malt||Mash|
|2 lbs||Briess Bonlander® Munich Malt||Mash|
|1 lb||Briess Brewers Wheat Flakes||Mash|
|1 lb||Briess Caramel Malt 60L||Mash|
|1 lb||Briess Caramel Malt 120L||Mash|
|.5 lb||Briess Dark Chocolate Malt||Mash|
|.5 lb||Briess Blackprinz® Malt||Mash|
|.5 lb||Dark Brown Sugar||Add at Beginning of Boil|
|.25 lb||Molasses||Add at Beginning of Boil|
|1 oz||Galena Hops, 13% AAU||60 Minutes, Full Boil|
|2 packs||Wyeast 1318 London Ale III Yeast||Add to Fermenter|
|3 tsp||Fresh Ginger, Ground||Infuse, Add to Secondary|
|2 tsp||Cinnamon, Ground||Infuse, Add to Secondary|
|1 tsp||Nutmeg, Ground||Infuse, Add to Secondary|
|1 tsp||Clove, Ground||Infuse, Add to Secondary|
|1 tsp||Vanilla Extract||Infuse, Add to Secondary|
|0.5 tsp||Yeast Energizer (in starter)||Optional, in Fermenter|
|1 oz||Bourbon Soaked Dark Oak Chips||Optional, in Fermenter|