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Belsnickel's Scourge Spiced Holiday Ale - All-Grain Recipe Kit

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You better watch out... you better not cry... because Belsnickel is coming to a keg near you! If you thought that you were getting a sweet holiday ale kit that would tickle your taste buds, then this one isn't for you! Named after the sinister Holiday figure in German folklore, Belsnickel and his demon companion, Krampus are the holiday devils that are here to cause trouble! These bad boys both come in at a devilish 8% or above, so you better find a cozy spot by the fire to settle in for a longgg Winter's nap. 

In all seriousness, at 8.5%, this spiced ale recipe is not too sweet, not too bitter, and spiced with traditional holiday spices. Make it now, so it has time to age a bit before Christmas. The liquid yeast options here are the preferred ones, but dry yeast is acceptable. Due to the high OG, please make a starter with the liquid yeast, or buy two packages. 

All orders containing Liquid Yeast will be shipped with a complimentary ice pack to ensure safe shipping! 

Is this your first Homebrew Beer Recipe Kit? Check out our New to Brewing Guide to see a step by step road-map to brewing your first batch of beer!

Christmas Ale - All-Grain Recipe Kit Instructions

Style Overview: 
This beer is one that you will drink sitting by the fire on a cool evening to get you into the holiday spirit. Share it with friends. 

General Info: 

  • Batch Size: 5 Gallons
  • Mash at 152 degrees
  • Est. Original Gravity: 1.078 SG
  • Est. Final Gravity: 1.012-1.015 SG
  • Est. Alcohol by Volume: 8.4-8.7%
  • Bitterness: 36.3 IBUs
  • Est. Color: 15.1 SRM
  • Ferment at 68 Degrees

Malts & Adjuncts: 

  • Crystal 20L
  • Crystal 60L
  • Special Roast Malt
  • Black Patent Malt


  • Magnum
  • Ginger Root
  • Sweet Orange Peel
  • Cinnamon Sitcks

1 Review

  • 5
    Very Good Holiday Ale

    Posted by Ron on Apr 1st 2017

    This my first time making a holiday ale and using the Scottish ale yeast. I had some trouble getting the yeast to drop out but that probably more of a me thing. My scores from a competition reflect a very god beer and I enjoyed every drop!