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As shrewd as any British trader, the pirate barons courted silks and spices to trade on the blackmarket. Gold and silver to line their coffers - and one treasure they valued above all else – the legendary ales brewed in Britain to withstand the long voyage to India. Rum was seafarer’s swill next to a hogshead of India Ale!
Rooted in the rich tradition of India Pale Ales, our recipe is kissed with malt as dark as the sea on a moonless night, for a dark and hoppy marriage made in homebrew heaven. A gentle bitterness sets the initial tone. Next comes opulent notes of rich malt, followed by boastful American hops with resinous tea-leaf undertones. Bergamot, pine, grapefruit, and a hint of chocolate complete the hop-heavy finish, yielding an ale that’s definitely worth plundering for.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Pirate's Plunder India Dark Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1064 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.9 / 5.026 ReviewsDeliciously hoppy and well balanced beerWe did a 6.5 gallon boil and followed the directions. A 1-hour boil, a rapid chill using a wort chiller and then off to a glass primary car boy topped with a healthy yeast starter. She had an aggressive primary fermentation for the first 3 days that required a blow-off hose and then gradually continued fermentation for a full two weeks. We transferred to another glass carboy for a 4-week secondary fermentation and dry hopped the last 10 days. We transferred it to a keg and carbonated at 12 psi at 40 degrees for two more weeks before sampling this treasure. Pirates Plunder lived up to its hype and excelled aromas of cascade hops with a malty taste and only slight bitterness. There were mild tastes of tea and pine notes but the slight citrus held to the end. She weighed in at ~7.5 percent alcohol content. The beer poured with about a _ inch white head. Once this booty was tapped, it did not last long as daily plundering soon depleted this treasure. This beer moves onto the top of our spring rotation. Argh!!!, it is now the pirateÕs life for me!June 21, 2013WILL Make AgainThis is a favorite. Chocolaty taste to begin with slightly bitter with a nice clean hoppy finish. The keg won't last long. I used fast pitch with omega yeast. I had this beer in the primary and secondary for a combined 4 weeks and force carbonated at 30 psi for 36 hours and loved the results.March 20, 2017Purchased
4 months agoGreat brew even with a few errorsThis was my first attempt at home brewing and it turned out great even with a few errors. Made it on the stove and didn't get a good boil, probably should have used more priming sugar so it took a little longer to carbonate. That being said it it satisfied my desire for a good nut brown ale. Will be brewing again after I run through the laundry list of beers I want to try making. I'm sure the next attempt will be even better which would make it outstanding.December 19, 2013Great beerI bought this kit and decided to add toasted coconut soaked in dark rum to try as a true pirate style rum. I bought some unsweetened coconut and toasted in the oven. Added about 4 oz in with the grains and soaked the remaining 12 oz in black seal rum to add to secondary. Try a sip as I was bottling and could really taste the coconut and rum. At 2 weeks after bottling tried one and thought the rum was a little over powering. Decided to try again after 3 weeks and quite pleased with how it mellowed out. I really like the way it came out and will definitely brew again!!January 10, 2014The Best so farI have brewed several kits from Northern Brewer. I enjoy every minute of it, since this serious hobby is far from my long time profession. This is by far my favorite brew kit. I love the hoppy-ness and the dark malt flavor it exhibits. I will definitely make this kit again. Might try to experiment and add a little more dry hopping later in the racking process.May 10, 2016AwesomeI made this extract kit with the toasted coconut as mentioned in another comment. I used the 4 oz in boil and 4 oz soaked in rum for secondary. It is so good that I bought another bag of coconut for the other batch of Pirates Plunder I have on the shelf. Don't know if I can brew this without the coconut again.February 17, 2016DeliciousBought this kit to try something different than the Black IPA kit I brewed last winter. It is not as hop forward as I was hoping for but it really turned out to be a delicious, well balanced beer. OG was 1.060 and only got down to 1.018 so it turned out a bit lower gravity than anticipated. Also, the Nocturnal blend did not all fit in the muslin bag that came with the kit. I realized this after I started pouring them into the first bag but thankfully had extra bags on hand so I split it into two bags to steep.March 24, 2014Tasty!Dark & hoppy, you'll love the interesting combo. Our first dry hop beer!October 26, 2013ExcellentEasy to brew, easy to drink. Beautifully dark with a surprisingly bright taste.June 25, 2014Yup, I'll certainly do this one again!Excellent, malt-forward but hop-aromatic IDA! And, I double-checked the procedure with your online chat (to make sure the late LME addition was correct in the recipe), to great success! The Cascade dry hop was splendid. Yielded an OG of 1.066 and a FG of 1.023 ... about a 6.2% ABV. Thanks for a wonderful product, and the exemplary online support! I'll definitely do this one again!November 6, 2013