Nøgne Ø God Jul inspired brew

What we’re brewing:

  • American strong ale/Winter ale inspired by Nøgne Ø God Jul (‘Winter Ale’ in US labeling)

What we’re drinking:

  • Coffee
  • Home-brew New England style hazy IPA: Tasting great. Last few were oxidized but this one is holding up well. Nice colour. Can’t tell if we’re getting quite the right mouthfeel but I think it’s closer than some of the pro attempts we’ve seen.

What we’re listening to:

  • The Smiths: The Queen is Dead album on vinyl

Brew date:

  • Monday 12 June 2017 (Queen’s Birthday public holiday)


Michael and I were at our favourite local pasta/beer place a couple weeks ago and split a bottle of the Nøgne Ø God Jul winter ale, and it was was just right for the currently cool weather in Melbourne. We thought we might get some more, so instead of buying it, we brewed it!

I’ve just started playing around with BeerSmith, and this is the second beer I’ve designed using the program. It’s based off of a few recipes I found online for copycat brews of God Jul, but who knows if it’s really an imitation or just a distant cousin. RateBeer says God Jul qualifies as an American Strong Ale, and based on that setting for this beer, the one I designed isn’t hoppy enough and a bit too dark, but it more or less fits the bill. But I’m hoping the ‘out of style’ bits will result in the beer we’re after.

This is the recipe we brewed:

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 7.00 l
Boil Size: 10.13 l
Boil Time: 90 min

Grain/hops/yeast bill:

2.20 kg Pale Malt (2 Row) US (3.9 EBC) Grain 78.0 %
0.36 kg *Caramunich Malt (110.3 EBC) Grain 12.8 %
0.12 kg Carafa I (663.9 EBC) Grain 4.3 %
0.10 kg Oats, Flaked (2.0 EBC) Grain 3.5 %
0.02 kg Black (Patent) Malt (985.0 EBC) Grain 0.7 %
0.02 kg Chocolate Malt (689.5 EBC) Grain 0.7 %
10.50 g Chinook [11.80 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 41.1 IBUs
13.00 g Cascade [8.40 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 7.2 IBUs
9.50 g Columbus [13.20 %] – at flame out Hop 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg London Ale III (Wyeast Labs #1318) Yeast

*The original recipe actually did not call for any Caramunich malt. However, let this be a lesson in ordering grain for next-day pick up at 3am after a pub crawl! It was supposed to be 0.36 kg Munich Malt and 0.16 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L, but they morphed into one quite different thing, and there you go. That this was my only ordering mistake was a miracle! Maybe next time we’ll go with the original bill. Or maybe we’ve landed on some unintentional brilliance!


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