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
281 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
Great recipe.
Crowd pleaser
February 21, 2016
irish red
loved it and have ordered it 3 times
November 18, 2015
Great Red
Great kit! Kind of lighter bodied for a red ale, but nice red carmelly flavor, ordered another one!
January 9, 2017
3 months ago
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
Great brew!
One of the best brews I've done! Impressed with the quick shipment and quality of the ingredients! Would purchase again!
September 28, 2013
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
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
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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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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

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