Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Our Nut Brown Ale kit is a great all-around beer: it's easy to brew (its dark color and rich flavor make it forgiving of mistakes), it's mild enough for light beer drinkers, but characterful enough for more experienced brewers and beer lovers.

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Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Styled after southern English brown ales, our Nut Brown Ale kit is a great all-around beer: it's easy to brew (its dark color and rich flavor make it forgiving of mistakes), it's mild enough for light beer drinkers, but characterful enough for more experienced brewers and beer lovers. The finished product exhibits a deep copper color, fruity/caramelly flavor and aroma with toasty, chocolaty notes; and it tastes great after just a few weeks.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make4 weeks
Reviews
4.6 / 5.0
261 Reviews
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As good or better than commercial comps.
Ordered 2 kits. Both were great the second was slightly better than the first. Probably, because I had it in secondary for 2 weeks. Top notch home brew everyone enjoyed.
October 8, 2010
First home brew since 1991
The instructions were easy to follow and the end result was a tasty Nut Brown Ale. I plan to brew this batch again and add some brown sugar to the boil as recommended by other reviewers. All I kept saying after tasting was"My beer is good, my beer is actually good!" Unlike the batch in '91 that tasted like a mixture of feet and Flintstone vitamins.
May 16, 2014
A nice brown ale
My boil came in at 1.050 (I added 0.5 pound of brown sugar at flame out), and I used the Nottingham yeast and left the beer for three weeks in the primary at 68F. The gravity was 1.009 at the end. I bottled with corn sugar (4 oz) and things carved up in about a week at 70F. This was an easy brew, and a fast turn around. The product was excellent. It had a great aroma, and tasted really good after about 2 weeks in the bottle. I had lots of compliments from friends on this one, as the flavor is light enough that even fans of light beer can enjoy it. It would have been good to have a little more of a full mouthfeel, but I think my brown sugar probably thinned the taste a bit. Overall, it is a very good kit and makes a fast and delicious beer.
July 3, 2014
Perfect
Perfect. Got tons of compliments. Everyone agreed this was my best so far. I recommend to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks after bottling before serving. It takes a while to mellow and for all the flavors to gel..
January 9, 2011
Drinkable first time brew.
Plenty of rookie mistakes on my part as this was my first batch ever. Came out good, not great. Will order again and update this review to give a more accurate and fair assessment.
December 9, 2013
Solid brewskis
Pretty simple kit. Great taste. Will order this one again.
November 13, 2013
Great kit
I have been brewing for 18 years and this is the kit I have brewed most frequently. I am a big fan of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. I always add hazelnut flavoring to this kit and try to keep it on tap at all times. Delicious!
February 13, 2015
very good beer
This was my first attempt at homebrewing, and I'm pleased to say that it was a success... especially considering that I changed the recipe a little. What can I say, I think it's the mad scientist aspect of all this that attracted me to it in the first place. At bottling time, I mixed in 1.5 Tbsp of pure coconut extract with the water and priming sugar. The flavor is subtle but very good. If I do it again, I'll probably do 2 Tbsp instead. In any case, I highly recommend this beer with or without the coconut extract. Personally, I think I made a good choice for a first homebrew, too. The recipe wasn't too complicated, and I think brown ale might be more forgiving than other, more delicate kinds of beer.
February 22, 2016
deliciousness
So good the first time i bought it again! this flavorful but easy drinking brew is going to be a mainstay in the brewing cycle. The wife loves it too!
May 5, 2012
Great beer
Great beer
June 10, 2016
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How much alcohol should be in the final beer? Thanks!
E N on Oct 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This beer should end up right around 4.5 percent ABV if you end up with a pretty typical fermentation and attenuation.

Gabe from NB
First timer here. Sorry if this question is lame. Once the kit arrives, how long will the ingredients last? Do I need to make the beer right away?
R A on Dec 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. Just put your yeast in the frig. If dry yeast it will last quite a long time. Just keep everything else in the box in a cool dry fairly constant temperature place. I have bought several kits at a time to get a good deal & not made them until 6mos later with no problems. I usually don't wait that long but life happens. I think you can wait quite abit longer if stored properly.
Is this a real hoppy beer? Does anyone have a IBU rating?
M R on Jan 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi James,

No, this beer is not super hoppy, it is definitely balanced more towards the malty side. It's only about 15 IBU's.

Cheers!

Charles
The directions state that I am supposed to add cold water to the wort when I put it in the fermenter. Is this cold water supposed to be treated or sterilized in any way?
G L on Dec 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've added untreated tap water, according to what I believe is okay to do and based on 2 batches has not affected the quality of the quality of the brew
I am looking to brew a lager and currently have have this kit, the Irish Red Ale, and the SMASH American Session Ale on hand. Which one, if any, would make a decent lager?
Lurch on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Greg

The Irish red Ale would be the best choice for a lager fermentation as amny commercial examples are made with lager yeast.

Chris
I was reading in some of the comments about the nut brown ale about adding in brown sugar and some extracts! At what point in the brewing does this happen, and how much of each can you put in before you ruin the batch?
K E on Dec 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Ken,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! For the sugar, you can add that right at flame out or just before so that you can get it dissolved into the wort and sterilized. As far as extracts, depending on what kind of extract you are adding, they could very well be added at flame out as well. As for how much you can should add to the batch, I would probably keep it at a pound or under of brown sugar. I hope that this helps!
What gravity should this beer end up at?
D A on Dec 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This should ferment down to about 1.012-1.016, somewhere in there.
I've been brewing this kit for several years now, and ever since NB changed their gold malt syrup (to the current Maillard malt brand name,) it has a slightly different taste. It's still good, but I prefer the old flavor- anyone have any ideas for substitutes, or additive to help bring it back to what I'm remembering?
R O on Sep 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That is an interesting question since the extract syrup is still the same producer. Its still made by Briess but packaged in our facility and under neath out brand name - even though that same procedure has been done by us for years as well.....so I'm not sure what would have changed. It could be related to your water source and variations in the water chemistry. Since it is an agricultural product it will vary year to year as well

but I have not noticed a different in the extract syrups this year. I hope this helps in any way!

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