- Product Details
- Irish ales are malty, smooth, medium-bodied, and most, like our kit, are a deep copper-red color that is created by a blend of specialty malts. Our malt blend also gives this recipe its signature toasty and sweet aroma and flavor.
Another defining characteristic of Irish Red Ales are their immense drinkability — definitely a crowd-pleasing beer. Its great taste, drinkability, and low aging requirements make this our best-selling kit.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Irish Red Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style British Original Gravity 1044 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.6 / 5.0275 Reviewsexcellent red aleThis is an excellent mild red ale with great color and a mild yet very pleasant hop finish. I did a secondary fermentation and bottled after 3 weeks. I allowed another 3 weeks in the bottle and was very pleased. All who have tried it so far agree.February 9, 2013February 21, 2016irish redloved it and have ordered it 3 timesNovember 18, 2015Another great box kit from NB.This was one of three kits I got at one time, and all three kits have everything you need for a fun brewday that turns out a tasty beer. I even have neighbors wanting to get into brewing now because the box kits are so easy, and cheap: per pint it's about 40 cents. I normally brew all grain but it's nice to have a shorter brewday now and then.November 18, 2015first time brewmy very first home brew and it came out perfect! Instructions were simple and easy. the batch came out a bit bitter at first but as time passed they get better and better!! definitely gonna order this kit several more times.addicted now cant stop! on my third brew this weekend!!!!March 31, 2012Great brew!One of the best brews I've done! Impressed with the quick shipment and quality of the ingredients! Would purchase again!September 28, 2013beauty of a beerone of the best extract kits I have tried. nice color, and a smooth malty nose. malty on the palate with a smooth, crisp yet substantial mouthfeel. followed by a very nice hop finish. that lingers just long enough to make you want another sip. a great kit , I will keep this on tap as often as possible.February 18, 2010Turned out PerfectI let this sit for 2 1/2 weeks in the primary. I'm fairly new to this but moved to a secondary for only a couple of days and then bottled,. I cracked one after week one and had carbonated good but needed to let condition longer for taste, was a bit strong still, now I just cracked one after a day in the fridge and tastes a lot better. I'm trying to hold onto a case for next month but not sure if will last.March 13, 2016Irish redEven before we bottled, it was delicious! We're holding off til St. Paddy's to crack the finished product (maybe.)March 4, 2016Well worth brewingOnly 1 week in primary and after only 5 days in the bottle it was very drinkable. After a few more days the flavors developed a bit more and this is a nice red ale. Nothing terribly complex. Smooth, malty, nice hop finish. Very nice. Absolutely worth brewing if you like red ales.October 2, 2011
- Browse 10 questions Browse 10 questions and 16 answersHi there, so we just made our second batch of the irish red and we thought we remembered hearing the bubbles within that 48 hours of brewing. This time...we haven't heard any and its been about 72 hours since brewing. This may have been a stupid question, but is this something to worry about or not???BEST ANSWER: Hi Kat,
Sorry to hear about that! 72 hours isn't unheard of, so I wouldn't panic yet. What kind of a fermentor is it? Can you see the foam on the top of it? If it's in a bucket, go ahead and pop the lid. If you see them foam, then the fermentation is going fine, and the co2 is just escaping elsewhere. Airlocks are notoriously deceptive!! They can bubble when there is no fermentation, or they can go inactive during fermentation. If you have a hydrometer, that is a much more reliable indicator of fermentation.
Even if the fermentation is stalled, you can pitch more yeast to get it going again. But in the meantime, the wort will keep.
CharlesCan this kit be used to brew 1 gallon batches by weighing out the appropriate fraction of the ingredients?BEST ANSWER: Hi Jim,
Not really, since the specialty grains are blended together. You probably would not maintain the correct ratio if you measured it out. However, we do actually sell a 1 gallon version of this kit:
CharlesI brewed this two days ago and when I looked at it yesterday morning there was a good foam on the top. This morning when I looked at it before going upstairs there is no foam at all and very little bubbles coming through the airlock. I've never made this before, but it doesn't seem right. Am I crazy?BEST ANSWER: Hi Joe,
That does not sound unusual, you probably just had some healthy yeast. As fermentation continues and there is less and less sugar, it is normal for activity to slow down. Let me know if you have any other questions!
CharlesDelicious taste but minimal head and carbonation-somewhat flat. Did anyone else come across this?BEST ANSWER: I had a similar issue and the color was more towards the brown than amber side. I have been brewing for awhile, but chalked this up to Brewer error. I have saved a few bottles to see if time will improve the carbonation issues.What is the estimated ABV on this kit?BEST ANSWER: This kit finishes around 4% ABVWhat should the gravity be for this beer at the end of fermentation?BEST ANSWER: It should finish at about 1.010-1.014.I brewed this two days ago. Yesterday it had a great foam on the top. This morning, when I checked in on it, it literally has no foam at all and there are no bubbles coming through the airlock. Is this batch ruined?BEST ANSWER: This batch is not ruined. The Irish Red Ale is typically a quickly fermenting beer. The yeast have consumed all of the simple sugars, and are now moving onto longer chain sugars that take more time to digest, and usually won't produce very much CO2. I would continue the brew as usual. I hope that this helps!My kit sat in my fridge for 6 months would it be good for brewing yet?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it should be fine. The extract kits have a shelf life of 6-9 months.I'm not sure if my batch is finished fermenting. I had it in my g1 gallon glass carboy with a airlock for about 4 days it stoped bubbling is it finishedBEST ANSWER: An airlock is an unreliable indicator of fermentation activity. When in doubt
check it with a hydrometer
it could have done the majority of its fermenting in 4 days easily so I would not be concerned. Proceed as normal per the instructions.If I wanted to do this as a full boil should I reduce the hops? Do you reduce quantity or boil time or both?