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Bridging the gap between the classic American Pale Ale and West Coast IPA, Kama Citra is a deliciously decadent session ale bursting with provocative flavors. Overwhelming aroma is backed by an uncannily soft malt backbone for a satisfying union of Sessionable and IPA. A highly flavorful IPA recipe kit that makes it easy to drink more than one.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Kama Citra Session IPA Recipe Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1050 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0129 ReviewsMy favorite kit so farI've brewed 26 extract kits from NB at this point, and this is my #1 beer. The citrus is very evident and though the beer has some bitter bite to it, it's not nearly as much as most IPAs. I've already ordered another kit as these bottles won't last long. Followed the recipe to the letter other than letting it sit 3 weeks in the bottle as opposed to 2. Tons of carbonation. This kit will be cycled in regularly, everyone I've had try it has loved it and are always surprised to hear it's homebrew.March 6, 2015Fantastic Citrus IPAMoving to the NW has made me an IPA lover, everything from a light session to a monster DIPA pulled through a Randalizer. That said, I am still novice brewer and was worried about moving up from "boring browns" to something with some real hops kick.This kit changed everything.The recipe was easy to follow, the additions were not complicated, the dry-hopping was a piece of cake, and I could not be happier with the final result! There is a ton of citrus aroma and flavor up front, and just enough malt to balance it. My non-IPA drinking friends really enjoyed it, and some just assumed it was a different style.Some notes from my experience:1. It's worth saying again that this is a VERY citrus forward IPA. I love this beer but I also like to get a little bit of evergreen in my IPAs... I might sub some Simcoe at FWH next time I brew this.2. You lose a bit to the hops additions in this kit, especially with the transfer to secondary. After realizing how good it tasted coming out of secondary I was heartbroken that there wasn't a full 5 gallons.3. This is a gateway beer! Get your friends drinking this and it's a slippery slope into standard IPAs and then on down to those delicious doubles. I can already tell that I'm going to run out of this batch before I can get a second one brewed and through the fermenter.February 23, 2015Great beer!Just ordered another kit! Reminds me a lot of Maine Brewing "MO" pale ale.June 23, 2014First Batch - Absolutely Amazing!This was the first batch of beer I ever tried, but it came out fantastic! Got better after bottle conditioning for a few extra weeks. Citra hops are really something special. Everyone I gifted some to loved it! Highly recommend.June 14, 2017Purchased
6 months agoTop Tier Kitexcellent session beer.....my only thing is I would like more citra peach musk....maybe sub the cascade with mosaic, but still one awesome all day beer for the game on the weekend!!!November 29, 2015Top Notch IPAIf I could pick a "house brew" to have on tap forever, this would be it. Great flavor and aroma, easy drinking and a crowd pleaser with IPA and non-IPA lovers alike. Follow the instructions and you'll have an awesome beer. Note: I did attempt two new techniques with excellent results. 1) I only dry hopped for 3 days. This gave the beer a little more hop presence and the aroma was incredible. 2) After three weeks in the primary, I dry hopped directly in the primary (without transferring to a secondary) then transferred the beer to my keg. This resulted in less beer lost from the transfer and less exposure to oxygen after brew day. (Make sure the beer is fully fermented and stable before doing this.) After the first pull off the keg the beer as crystal clear! Don't hesitate...get this kit!January 9, 2017Excellent IPAI followed the directions to a tee on this kit and was rewarded with a great summer time IPA. The only thing I would do different is use 4 oz of priming sugar. It's had 4 weeks of bottling conditioning so I suspect it will get a bit smoother in the weeks ahead but this ale has a nice citrus aroma and flavor that is nicely balanced with the malt. I love a good double IPA but it's nice to have an IPA with a modest SG for the summer. Brew this kit you won't be disappointed.July 11, 2014My favorite so farI followed the recipe as written. For a session beer this has great flavor if you prefer the citrus side of hops. Not too sweet, not too bitter. For those of you from the northeast who have had the fortune of drinking Heady Topper, this has a similar but simpler flavor profile. But then I just ordered the Topper and can't wait to try that kit.October 21, 2014PerfectionThis is a perfect beer. My #1 all-time and I have brewed/drank hundreds. Amazing.October 25, 2015Perfect hop characterI have made several NB beers and never felt the need to write a review until this one. The hop profile on this beer is exactly what I have been looking for. At a low price, and can be done in a really fast turn around, the Kama Citra can't be beat. I did 15 days in the primary, dry hopping the last 7 days, and force carbonated in the keg for the 5 days and the taste was superb.June 24, 2014
Browse 14 questions Browse 14 questions and 23 answersFor people that brewed this primary only, what schedule did you use? How many total days fermenting? How many days dry-hop?BEST ANSWER: I recall following the direction on the short side of the range. This beer was best a fresh as possible, once the proper carbonation level is reached. I double the dry hopping with two sessions of four days each (recommended amount of hops 2x) totalling 8 days.What is the abv of this beer and what should I expect for the final gravity?BEST ANSWER: I left a little more headspace in my 5gal carboy so I was around 1.055 down to 1.010. This put mine around 5.9%. I'd say it should be around 5.25% based on the recipes expected 1.050 OG.Is it possible to do a full boil with this kit? If so how would that differ from the instructions?BEST ANSWER: Yes
it is possible to do this kit with a full volume boil. The only thing you would change is the amount of water you're boiling. For a 5 gallon batch
you'd probably want to start off with 6 gallons of water pre-boil. After an hour long boil you should end up with right around 5 gallons of wort.When you add second round of hops, should you just "pitch" them on top, or mix them in?BEST ANSWER: Just add them on top, they will sink in as they dissolve. Remember to have some sanitized water to wet your fingers and put to stopcock in. If you're doing bucket, take out the stop cock first, then remove lid, then add hops, top back on, then put stopper back in. Based on your flavor profile you can be flexible with timing. The longer they stay the more of the grassy flavor you get, the shorter the time the more of pure acidity is added.The head came on the 2nd day then went away after a day should I be worried?BEST ANSWER: Presumably you're referring to the Krausen which is the yeast cake that forms on top of your fermenting wort. My thinking is that all is well, unless temperatures have drastically fallen and your fermentation has stalled, which is (*my guess), unlikely. What you describe is not unusual. My advice -- keep the lid on and leave it alone. If you want proof to allay your fears, after a few days take a sample and use your hydrometer to measure the SG. In a few more days do that again and compare. Very likely fermentation is continuing normally and in a month or so you'll be enjoying a fine pale ale.How do you compensate for wort volume loss with all the hops that are going in? I am having trouble hitting my OG having to top off after whirlpooling and leaving behind the hop and break material.BEST ANSWER: I dont....i just throw in the extra hops and go with the og i get...sorry im not too concerned to get and exact og as long as i think the abv will be between 4.5% to 6.0%....but thats just me. If i were below 4.5% abv i would add dextrose....above 6% waterWhat yeast and priming option do I choose for the Kama Citra Session IPA kit? I'm buying this as a gift for a home brewer, but I have no idea what yeast/primer goes with this kit.BEST ANSWER: The yeast and priming sugar should all be listed on the product page when you order. You then choose the default dry yeast, or the liquid option. Priming sugars are listed the same.What is the IBU for this beer?BEST ANSWER: The IBU should be between 40-45. Cheers!If i need this in less than 6 weeks how do i condition in keg and what is the recommended amount of CO2BEST ANSWER: This beer can usually be turned around in 4-5 weeks. 10-14 days for primary and two weeks in secondary. Once you are done with secondary, keg it and carb at 38 degrees with 12 psi for one week and you will be good to go.What is the reccomended shelf life of this kit with wyeast?BEST ANSWER: Specialty grains are best used within 6 months. Dry yeast, malt, and hops are good for at least 1 year so the kit should be used within 6 months. A liquid yeast option should be used within just a couple months.How dark should this beer be when placed into primary? Mine is very dark. Could I have steeped the grains too long or too hot?BEST ANSWER: John,
Thank you for your question. The reason it looks so dark when in the bigger primary has to do with the light refraction. If you pull a sample out in say your hydrometer test jar or a small glass you will see the difference.
Cheers!This is one of my favorite beers that I brewed as an extract kit. I am purchasing the last couple of items to complete my all grain brew set-up. I was browsing in the Beer Smith 2.0 software and can't seem to find this recipe in there. I was going to brew the all grain kit of this beer as my first brew with the new all grain set-up since I feel it'd be a great easy one to break in the system. Is there anyway you guys could add this to the Beer Smith 2.0 IPA add-on so that I can download everything (boil size, end of boil volume, sparge volume, etc.)?BEST ANSWER: Sean,
You can actually add that recipe to BeerSmith on your own. Here is the PDF of the instructions. http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/allgrain/AG-KamaCitra.pdf
Cheers!If doing a full boil starting with 6 gallons, does this affect the steeping of the specialty grains? Also Are the specialty grains supposed to be steeped at flame on then stopped after 20 minutes or once reaching 170F? What if using a propane burner and you can get to boil within 20 min?BEST ANSWER: Any effect on steeping grains is minimal...you look into using a food grade acid to acidify the water below 6
or steep in less water than add extra water to your boil. Nothing is required to be done differently there. Steep the grains in warm water for whichever comes first - either 20 minutes go by or the temp hits 170. I leave the burner on and dunk the bag up and down frequently
and remove when the temp is 170
whether its been 20 minutes or not
as it helps brew day go by quicker.my gravity is 1.023 after 2 weeks in the primary fermenter. Will it drop more ? im not going to to transfer to the secondary fermentation vessel, just dry hop in the primary.