We wanted to share some news on our seasonal ale, Mälaren Winter Ale, which is now conditioning in a 50L air tight keg under the cold waters of lake Mälaren! The recipe is an adaptation of a classic winter ale first brewed by legendary American craft brewer Gordon Strong. The adapted recipe includes Vienna malt, Marris Otter pale ale malt, Chocolate malt and Briess Caramel 40L. Additions of Simcoe hops provide that distinctive orange hop aroma.
But what makes this a winter beer is the additions of sugars and seasonal spices including black strap molasses, maple syrup, golden syrup, Swedish honey, nutmeg, coriander seeds, tangerine peel, cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods and several other spices that give that distinctive winter aroma. These flavours can be overpowering if they are boiled for too long so the addition time is critical.
The lake water temp is now approx 7 C which is ideal for initial conditioning, the water temp will gradually fall to 4 C which will promote residual yeast settling and clarification of the beer so we don’t need to filter. MBC are not the first to use lake cooling of beer but probably the first in Strängnäs. While this is a 50L trial batch, MBC plan to do the same for future 800L batches as the storage technology we use allows for easy transport of our beer. Using the natural cooling effect of the lake water is also environmentally friendly.