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If you don't already have an Evil Twin, you should definitely consider one: imagine the scapegoating possibilities! Homebrew figurehead, author, multiple Ninkasi Award-winner, Brewing Network host, and all-around good dude Jamil Zainasheff's sinister doppelganger is mahogany-colored, lavishly hopped, and lives in a keg or bottle, and he's only too happy to help you find your own. JZ and NB have teamed up to bring you Jamil's Evil Twin® in kit format.
A strong, deep copper-red IPA beer kit that boasts a complex malt profile but is really a showcase for hopbursting. Hopbursting forgoes the traditional additions of bittering hops early in the boil in favor of copious additions of aroma varieties late in the boil. For the brewer, the result is a significant IBU contribution as well as intense hop aroma and flavor from the late additions. For the drinker, the result is smooth bitterness in a pint suffused with a fragrant fog of hop flavor and aroma. Don't blame us if you can't stop brewing and drinking it – it was our Evil Twin.Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Note: When the brewing gets tough, the tough get brewing... Due to a severe shortage of Amarillo hops this year, Jamil Zainasheff has authorized a substitution to his usual recipe. The Amarillo hops called for in the original Evil Twin® will be replaced by Cascade hops until the next hop harvest. Brew on!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Jamil's Evil Twin® IPA All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1064 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.4 / 5.014 ReviewsOne of the best beers I've hadI can't believe I brewed this beer, it is awesome!May 4, 2011malty, hoppy, but not bitterI've brewed this beer twice. The first time, I used Jamil's recipe from his Mr. Malty website. The second time, I used the NB kit. Both beers were spot on to their description. The finished beer is a nice copper color and has a fantastic hop flavor as counterpoint to its considerable maltiness, but with very little bitterness. I used the Rogue Pac-Man strain both times (cultured from their Brutal Bitter). This yeast has a nice fruity smoothness that goes well w/this beer. I think that a really vigorous 90 minute boil really enhances the malty flavors. I also took about a pint of the first, really sticky runnings and boiled them down on my stove in a saucepan until the syrup just started to darken. I added this back to the brewkettle to add some more body and maltiness. Finally, I dry hopped the second batch with an ounce or so of Willamette for a week in the secondary.In closing, this is a substantial beer and just the ticket if you are looking for massive hop flavor without massive IPA bitterness.September 10, 2012It's an IPA if tweaked and dry-hoppedI've made this recipe, in extract or AG, about 6 times (didn't keep notes originally). The key to making it an IPA is to dry hop it. Having experimented a bit, I use 1 ounce of Amarillo and 1 of Cascade. I also bump up the bitterness by using 1 oz instead of .75 oz at 10 minutes. It's too bitter at the beginning, but about 7 weeks after brew day, it's absolutely amazing. It's honestly one of the best IPAs I've ever had, homebrew or commercial.May 28, 2014Wonderful with timePersonally, I must differ with a previous review in that my batch seemed to improve drastically with time. For the first few months after it was conditioned it was not bad, but the alpha acids and 'green' quality that lingered were too much on my stomach and could only drink 1 bottle at a time or it would make me queezy. Just recently I finished off my last 4 bottles, after having them tucked away in a closet for 6 months, and there was a huge difference: Smooth, more balanced, and very drinkable. It took half a year for my batch to come into it's own, and when it did, it was amazing. Had I did this review after 2 months from brewing it, I'd probably give it 3 stars, but having had the opportunity to let it age some..... :)October 6, 2010Excellent! IPA? Really??This beer is absolutely fantastic. NB has sold this kit for years, but for some reason it is now called an "IPA". In Jamil's book "Brewing Classic Styles" (which all brewers should own), he calls it a West Coast Red Ale. it's a beautiful red color, with less hop bitterness than an IPA, but tons of late hop flavor and aroma. Delicious. And for you reviewers with fermentation issues - don't blame the kit. If you're using the dry yeast, rehydrate it first in a cup of boiled and cooled water. If you're using liquid yeast, use TWO packs or vials, or make a starter. And don't pitch the yeast until your wort is below 68 farenheit. For more yeast info, get Jamil's Yeast book.April 30, 2014Loved itThis beer is great. i let mine sit in the first fermenter for over a week and a half and when we tasted it before bottling it had a very high alcohol taste. Once it was carb'd it was one of the best beers i have ever made. At 8% you thought you were drinking a 4.5%. I will be making this one again for years to come.February 21, 2011Its my evil twinThis is a great beer, and very well balanced in my opinion. The only thing I did differently was dry hop with 1/4 ounce of each hop variety in the keg, which I would recommend. Drink it early because after a month or two the hop flavor and aroma dies off a little.February 19, 2010First all-grain... not dissapointed at all!This kit was my first all-grain brew. The day went well but slow of course. I got extra hops in my kit for some reason! Anyways, I fermented with US-05 for two weeks: temp controlled for three to four days, ambient for a bit, then "crash cool" to help clear it. Bottled two weeks after brew day. In the bucket, great flavor, hoppy, some chocolate. Being anxious, i sampled beers during the two week bottle condition phase. The beer tastes totally different! Almost no hop presence, lots of chocolate. But sure enough, two weeks after bottling, the hops came right back, and the beer is completely malt balanced. I don't keg and haven't dry hopped many beers, and i was hoping for a hoppy beer without either; this one is it! Just give those bottles a chance!March 9, 2011OutstandingWhat a great amber for the hop lovers! Its not your typical mild amber that tends to keep the hops out of the way. This beer has a sweetness up front and just the right bitterness on the back end, with lots of hop aroma and flavor all the way through. The hops come through strong, but in a way that is not harsh at all. I did add some pellets (~0.5 to 1.0 oz.) as dry hops in a secondary fermenter, which adds even further to the hop aroma. This beer will go fast...brew lots of it.March 9, 2010Worried...then had this beerI was worried a bit because my yeast seemed to ferment faster than it normally does, But the beer came out excellent. Nice deep reddish/copper. Not quite as malty as I was hoping for, but the hops came through with excellence. This beer smelled great on the nose.September 8, 2012
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