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Dead Ringer® is a larger-than-life American IPA beer kit with a hop aroma so thick you can almost see it. American base malt and crystal malt create the big body and supporting grainy sweetness, while charge after charge of 100% Centennial hops deliver pronounced bitterness with a dominant citrus aroma and flavor. In the glass you get a pale amber color, hop intensity and malt density - substance with the soul of a session beer. This IPA recipe kit has been a customer favorite for a decade.
Dead Ringer® is an homage to a benchmark of the American IPA style that’s brewed in Michigan.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Dead Ringer® IPA Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1064 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0272 ReviewsUNBELIEVABLY GOOD!!!I have had the "Two Hearted Ale" and liked it. It was good. This however is a LOT BETTER. I have NEVER had an IPA that tasted as good as this! The sweetness of the malt is PERFECTLY balanced by the hops. I seriously don't think I'll ever have a better IPA, and this will definitely be brewed again and again. I love it. SG was 1.062. I left it in the primary for 14 days and then dry hopped for 7 days in the secondary. The FG was 1.010 and the ABV is 6.8%.February 24, 2015Sweet Session to Slowly SipFirst off, Northern Brewer has thorough instructions and fresh ingredients. Secondly, this beer kit is the best IPA I've brewed, thanks to NB. I'm always intrigued as to how "clone" kits pair up to the original... in this case, Bell's 2-hearted. Tasting the original, I wanted something a little sweeter and less dry. As a result, I added .5 lb of amber DME to the boil. Just had my first bottle after 2 weeks carbing, and I couldn't resist a second! It's definitely taken on the amber/ruby red color but stays true to Dead Ringer's onslaught of Centennial hops. Thankfully, this onslaught is well-balanced between bitterness and aroma, and I applaud Northern Brewer!! CheersMarch 25, 2015Remarkable, favorite kit yetI did the extract version, and had wonderful results. - Prepared a 1.5L starter with the Wyeast 1056 liquid yeast the day before brewing.- Steeped the Carmel 40 in 1 gallon of filtered Lake Michigan water.- Used distilled water for the boil- I did a partial boil, starting with 4 gallons on my stovetop, and ~2/3 of the extract.- Added the last 1/3 of extract in the last 10 minutes.- Fermented for 8 days- Dry-hopped for 7 days- Kegged and carbonated: vigorously shook the keg at 30psi for ~5 minutes, then let sit at 14psi for a few days before reducing the pressure down to 8psi.The bitterness profile is exactly what I was looking for. Enough to give a little kick to the saliva glands that makes you want another drink. The aroma is very fresh and bright with a nice mix of pine and citrus (all centennial hops). I was hesitant to do this as an extract, and happy to report there is no noticeable twang or overpowering sweetness. I'll attribute a good deal of that credit to NB's fresh product. It's great to be able to make a beer like this without the time commitment of an all-grain brew day.July 5, 2011SuccessCame out great I feel like this stuff could win an award this was my first serious attempt at getting it right and not only is it indistinguishable from a commercial brew it's better .My method was to keep a sweater bin from Home Depot with a few gallons of star San on hand, and wearing gloves I more or less zapped everything before it came into contact with the process -followed the instructions got myself an old nonworking refrigerator to use as a fermentation chamber with the Ink bird temp controller and a 65 W light as my heat source two weeks primary two weeks secondary but next time may just leave in primary for four weeks very aggressive fermentation at first bubbled through the airlock used the alton Brown method of freezing previously boiled water as my cool down method and it worked really well I know there are risks inherent with that but it worked really wellApril 30, 2017Purchased
5 months agoFantastic!Extract kit. 1 week in primary, 2 weeks in secondary. Wyeast 1056. Dry hopped. 2 weeks in bottles and WOW! Just great. This was my first homebrew ever and a success. I am now hooked, and this kit will be a staple in my kegerator when it gets built. Color was good as I did a late addition of the malt to the boil. Great malt, caramel comes through right away, good bitterness, fantastic Centennial hop aroma. Smooth, with great lacing in the glass nice head from pour.March 3, 2012Very awesomeExtremely tasty. Very hoppy, but smooth drinking. I'd recommend this to all the hop heads out there.February 6, 2011This beer should have a 6th starFantastic, as good or better than the original Bell's. Brewed it 3 times in less than 6 months. This is the one I will always have on tap.February 18, 2011TastyFar and away my favorite extract kit beer to date. Will make more very soon.January 19, 2011Great IPATakes about 5 weeks to mature in the bottle....excellent IPA....subtle lemony hop note....two thumbs, way up!!January 9, 2017Purchased
10 months agoCentennial Hops For the Win!!This beer came out fantastic! It definitely tasted very similar to the original two hearted recipe. I will absolutely purchase again!May 30, 2017Purchased
5 months ago
Browse 25 questions Browse 25 questions and 40 answersWhat is the expected final gravity?BEST ANSWER: 1.01Thinking about using this recipe kit and adding pineapple to the secondary. Thoughts?BEST ANSWER: Have made this several times and it's as good if not better then Bell's Two Hearted. It's hard to imagine the pineapple improving this kit, but give it a try and let us know. Maybe, restrict it to half the batch so if it does not work, at least you didn't waste the whole batch.Can I keep it in the primary for the full four weeks instead of moving to a secondary fermenter?BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! I have had home-brewer friends skip the secondary fermentation stage. When moving the finished product to the keg or bottles, you just would have more sediment.I purchased the dry yeast with the Dead Ringer kit. As long as I rehydrate, can I get away with using one packet?BEST ANSWER: One packet can be enough for this beer, but it's right on the edge of requiring two. It would surely not hurt to use two. But if properly ( safely ) rehydrated, one packet ought to be enough to ferment this brew. Sprinkling it in dry will also work, and doing that eliminates the chance of wrecking the yeast with too-warm of re-hydration. -Mike W, Northern Brewerwhere can I get that cool dead ringer pub glass?BEST ANSWER: the always-reliable northern brewer catalog, of course!!!What is the serving pressure for dead ringer iOS when kegged?BEST ANSWER: 8 psi give or take is should good for serving.Step 2 of the instructions state "Collect and heat 2.5 gallons of water". What temperature do I heat it to?BEST ANSWER: This is for the boil. Per instructions, the grains stay in till 170 or 20 min. Then you heat to a boil. Extract brewing doesn't require as much temperature control as all grain. This beer is a great one. Hope you enjoy!What is the shelf life on the beer kits prior to use?BEST ANSWER: I have stored my extract kits for over 3 months...no problem. I put my yeast in the fridge and the rest of the kit in my cool basement and have had no problems...Any ideas why my OG was 1.071? Followed extract recipe to the letter.BEST ANSWER: Hi Chase,
Extract kits often miss the estimated OG by a few points one way or the other. I tends to get 4 or 5 points too high myself, but I have friends who regularly get a few points too low. The amount of sugar in the malt is consistent in either case, so any variance usually has to do with the amount of water. Less water will raise the OG, more water will lower it. This can be influenced by many factors, including steam loss, which can vary from stove to stove, depending on the heat of the boil. The main thing that this will change about your beer is that you'll beer will have about 0.5% abv more.What are the ideal temperatures for primary and secondary fermentation and bottle conditioning?BEST ANSWER: When determining the best fermentation temperatures you want to look at the yeast you selected as the optimum temps can vary. For this beer
fermenting between 62-68 would be ideal for all the choices really.I was wondering what the IBUs are for this recipe.
BobbyBEST ANSWER: I chatted with a Brewmaster on Northern Brewer's website prior to purchase and was told IBU approximations are inconsistent often in kits, so they choose not to disclose them. They took my feedback they said that in the future it may be beneficial to at least add a range, though.
You can likely expect between 50-70 IBUs the Brewmaster told me. So a noticeable hop character consistent with a non-session IPA.
Hope this helps! Happy brewing! :)How much does it make?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, this kit makes 5 gallons. Cheers!How many calories are there in a 12 oz glass of Dead Ringer?BEST ANSWER: Probably around 210. Bells two hearted ale is 210 so a Homebrew may be slightly more but it will be roughly 210.What IPA is Dead Ringer meant to resemble?BEST ANSWER: Bell's 2 Hearted AleWhich yeast tastes better with this brew?BEST ANSWER: The yeast strains are mostly very similar so it is a matter of personal preference.Im purchasing the Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit as a gift and wanted to add an ipa to it. Could I use this recipe in this kit?
If not any suggestions for a good ipa for that kit?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could certainly brew the Dead Ringer with this starter kit.Why do you recommend dry yeasts in the summertime?BEST ANSWER: Liquid yeast must be stored at a cool temperature to ensure viability. During the summer months, this can be difficult. Because of this, dry yeast are more amenable to shipping during the summer than liquid yeast.Does Wyeast 1056 need a starter for this kit or will it ferment without any problems at the target OG?BEST ANSWER: While you can still get a good beer without conducting a yeast starter, we recommend yeast starters for the best results.Does this kit come with bottle caps?BEST ANSWER: The Dead Ringer IPA kit does not come with bottle caps, none of the recipe kits come with bottle caps besides the equipment starter kits. I hope that this helps!What should I be expecting for F.G.?BEST ANSWER: Anywhere between 1.014-1.018 is an acceptable FG
though as long as it gets below 1.020 that would be considered a finished ferment.What is the shelf like of this extract kit?BEST ANSWER: When ingredients are properly stored an extract kit should be good for at least 3-4 months. Liquid yeast and hops should be refrigerated and all other ingredients stored in a cool dry place until ready for use. Cheers! -TylerLiquid yeast better or dry yeast in this beer?BEST ANSWER: The main benefit to liquid yeast is the large variety of strains available. Not every yeast can be dehydrated and a liquid strain may have qualities that the dry does not. Liquid yeast is also supposed to be a purer culture. IN this case
the liquid strains are neutral american ale yeasts with little flavor impact that allows hop flavor to shine through and the dry strain is a neutral american ale yeast that has little flavor impact that allows hop flavor to shine through.What is the ABV for this beer?BEST ANSWER: The ABV for my Dead Ringer IPA was 6.4%.How many calories are in a 12 oz glass of Dead Ringer?has anybody added extra dry hops or late boil hops that worked with this recipe?? I have 2 ounces of citra hops in my freezer. I was thinking of added both as extra dry hop or 1 oz dry hop and 1 oz late boil. Thoughts???
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