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  • Santa’s Little Helper Winter Lager

    Sure to fuel the late night gift wrapping session or ease the pain from the sledding accidents, this lightly spiced amber lager ages very well up to 6 months.

    Type: Lager

    Style: Other Lager

    Batch Size: 5 gallons

    Recipe Type: Extract with grain

    Recipe Contributed By: Briess Technical Services Team


    Quantity Ingredient Comment Malt Style
    6.6 lbs CBW® Pilsen Light DME Substitute 8.8 lbs LME Extract, DME
    4 oz Carapils® Malt Dextrine
    12 oz Caramel Malt 40L Caramel, Crystal
    2 lbs Honey Medium to dark
    1 tsp Irish Moss Boil 15 minutes
    1.25 oz Hallertau Hops (6.5% AA) Boil 45 minutes
    1 oz Saaz Hops Boil 1 minute
    0.5 tsp Cinnamon, freshly ground Boil 1 minute
    0.5 tsp Nutmeg, freshly ground Boil 1 minute
    2 vials WLP885 Zurich Lager Yeast
    0.5 vial WLP885 Zurich Lager Yeast


    1. Perform mini-mash with 4 gallons of water and grains
    2. Steep at 152-158ºF for 30 minutes
    3. Add extract and honey
    4. Bring to a boil
    5. Add bittering hops and continue to boil
    6. Add remaining hops, spices and Irish Moss as indicated
    7. Remove from heat
    8. Cool to 55-60ºF
    9. Transfer to primary fementer
    10. Fill to desired level with cold water
    11. Oxygenate and pitch yeast

    Primary Fermentation: 2 weeks at 55ºF

    Secondary Fermentation: 6 weeks at 35ºF

    Fermentation Notes: Bottle condition with malt extract and additional yeast

    Original Gravity: 1.084

    Final Gravity: 1.018

    Alcohol by Weight: 6.9%

    Alcohol by Volume: 8.6%

    IBU: 30

    Color: 12-15 SRM