Winter Warmer Clone Recipe

Winter Warmer is our very popular winter seasonal; it's based on an 18th-century Wassail recipe. It takes a little longer to age than most of our other meads, so plan ahead!

5 Gallon/19L
ABV = 10.2% abv.

First thing's first: Make Valkyrie's Choice.
Next, add the following to your 5 gallon batch of Valkyrie’s Choice.
  • 1 tsp. Potassium Metabisulfite
  • 2 tsp. Potassium Sorbate (together with sulfites, this keeps the OJ from refermenting)
  • 1 lb. Chopped Raisins
  • 8 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 4 cups VSOP Brandy of your choice
  • 4 cups of tea made by boiling the following for an hour:
    • 20 Cloves
    • 8 Cardamom Pods
    • 2 whole Nutmeg, crushed (not grated)

To get this carbonated, unfortunately you have to use kegs or some other pressure carbonation system. But, fear not: It's equally good uncarbonated, and it tastes great served warm!

For general brewing principles and practices please visit our article: How We Brew Everything We Brew

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