Irish Red Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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Irish ales are malty, smooth, and many, like our kit, are a rich copper-red color. Great taste, drinkability, and low aging requirements make this our best-selling kit.

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Irish Red Ale Extract Kit with Specialty Grains

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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.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Irish Red Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.6 / 5.0
289 Reviews
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excellent red ale
This 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, 2013
Good beer, but too mainstream for me
Please dont shoot me...I know and like good beer. This is a good beer. It is not a great beer. This ale is good for all who drink, nothing too hidden, not too bitter, not too strong...just plain old good beer. Would i rave about it, not really, would i drink it and recommend it, yes. I do say this is a good starter beer because it would impress anyone who does not believe you can brew in your basement.
May 4, 2010
tis' good laddie
She's a beaut, Clark. Brilliant red color. I modified the recipe a bit by adding another 2.5-3lbs of extract to the brew at the end to give it a little boost in the gravity department, doesn't seem to have hurt it one bit.
August 20, 2010
Turned out Perfect
I 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, 2016
Another 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, 2015
first time brew
my 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, 2012
beauty of a beer
one 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, 2010
Best Kit
Surprised best Kit! As with all of the Kits from NB, easy to make. This was in the fermentor for 4 weeks and then straight into a Keg. I have tried many methods of force carbonating, the easiest by far is to cool the Keg to Kegerator temp and connect CO2 line at 10psi and let sit for 4 days.
February 26, 2011
This year's home front winner.
I had a tough time choosing between this kit and the Radical Red. I have to say, I haven't always had the best luck with Nottingham yeast either (I'm a bit of a klutz and end up with too much funk and not enough nothing). With the St. Patrick's Day coupon this year, I felt brave enough to give it a go. I threw a couple of extra pounds of pale two row into the steeping grains to boost the gravity just a bit. The color turned out a bit on the darker side for me, almost a brown. But the flavor... oh, the flavor. Perfectly balanced; not too malty, not too hoppy, not too sweet. And don't let the color scare you if you normally favor the lighter side: though the color may be deep, the flavor is mellow and surprisingly pleasant. What a friendly beer! Easily the best red I've ever had, and I dare say my favorite homebrew to date. This was approximatey my 25th homebrew, and I will likely go back to this one again at least once more this year (once I get the summer ales into the waiting mouths).
June 7, 2015
Great beer
This is a great extract kit. My results were just like the description. The beer had an amber read color, a sweet malty aroma, and a great toasted malt taste with minimal bitterness. I used the recommended Wyeast, primary fermentation for 2 weeks, secondary for 4. After a week in the bottle it was well carbonated and tasted great.
April 22, 2012
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What should the gravity be for this beer at the end of fermentation?
B E on Jun 3, 2016
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?
Joe W on May 28, 2016
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!
What temperature should I be fermenting this at?
Cameron B on Dec 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've always fermented this at room temp - about 72 F - and it's always turned out great for me. I've done five batches so far.
I brewed this batch 3 days ago. So far i have saw no foam or bubbles. Is this ok, or is my batch ruined?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I just brewed a batch of Irish Ale yesterday and within a few hours some bubbling occured. I would add more dry yeast and sprinkle directly on the wort in the primary fermenter. Keep the air lock on the fermenter before and after adding more yeast to avoid contamination.
My batch seems to lack carbonation. My first time with the 5 gallon bubbler. Now I have 50 bottles of flat beer. Should I wait longer. Give another try? So bummed after 5 weeks
A shopper on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: How long have the bottles been carb'ing and at what temperature? Carbonation requires a minimum of two weeks at room temp and sometimes longer. The primary fermentation vessel shouldn't impact carbonation, the amount of yeast in suspension at the time of bottling, the amount of carbing sugar, and time are the main drivers
Hi 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???
K A on Jan 13, 2016

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.


Can this kit be used to brew 1 gallon batches by weighing out the appropriate fraction of the ingredients?
James M on Jan 7, 2016

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:


I brewed my first batch ever three days ago. I have not saw any sign of fermentation (no foam, no bubbles in air lock). Do I have a bad batch?
Jason D on Feb 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Don't give up yet! Buy another yeast packet and repitch as soon as possible! If the brew supply shop is too far buy some bread yeast and pitch that. I've done it in a pinch and it worked fine
I brewed a batch three days ago, so far i have saw no signs of fermentation (no foam, no bubbles in air lock), is my batch ruined or should I give it more time?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would expect to have seen some sort of activity by now. What temperature is your fermentation? If you are fermenting at a lower temperature it can take the yeast a while to kick into gear. If temperature isn't the issue then maybe you don't have good yeast. If you still aren't getting activity you can always try pitching new yeast. Good luck.
I read that this one comes in at 4% abv. Mine is arriving by mail tomorrow, and I am wondering if anyone has added corn sugar to the mix to increase the abv. Is it advisable for this kit? suggestions?
Andy C on Jan 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't like adding corn sugar because I don't like the flavor corn sugar produces. I would suggest adding more dme or reducing added water to your fermentor. some of the best brews ive made were from almost doubling the dme. I always use a yeast starter but you can always double pitch your yeast for the higher abv.
If I wanted to do this as a full boil should I reduce the hops? Do you reduce quantity or boil time or both?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did a full boil and did not reduce hops. And used full boil time came out great.
I brewed this one last Friday (11/25/16). The fermentation started within 15 hours and everything seemed fine. Within 2 or 3 day the foam cap subsided but I could see things happening. It appears everything had kinda stalled out now. My temperature hasn't dipped below 68 degrees. Any thoughts? Have I lost the batch?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think your batch is fine. Be patient, all good things take time. Generally all the serious bubbling is done in a couple of days. As long as your airlock is still good your batch should be fine.
I 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?
Joe W on May 28, 2016

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!


Delicious taste but minimal head and carbonation-somewhat flat. Did anyone else come across this?
A B on Apr 16, 2016
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?
P A on Dec 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This kit finishes around 4% ABV
What is the ibu rating for this beer?
Roger M on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would say it is a very smooth beer very mild not bitter at all I enjoy it very much it's got a good flavor and very drinkable
Why would my original gravity be really low? My hydrometer read 53 s.g. and 14 on brix.
Joshua T on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: When boiling your wort - did you follow the instructions? How much water did you add to your wort? It almost sounds like the answer to these questions might help answer yours - I've never had that happen and I've brewed a couple of batches of the Irish Red.
What is the shelf life of the unused kit?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Eerything is sealed so ut should last at least a year.
I think this beer is i little flat!!! can i do somenthing for making it better?
Humberto H on Jan 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am sorry to hear that you didn't love this beer. We are happy to troubleshoot a brew through Customer Service. Please feel free to call or email us at
What temperature should I ferment this at?
A shopper on Dec 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Room temperature... about 70~75 worked for me.
My kit sat in my fridge for 6 months would it be good for brewing yet?
Steven W on May 14, 2016
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 finished
S H on Sep 12, 2015
BEST 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.
I moved my brew to secondary two days ago. Checked on it today and found that my airlock had popped off. Is that a big problem?
Ray L on Feb 16, 2017

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