Brickwarmer Holiday Red All Grain Kit

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This strong-ish American amber ale is built for the cold: a substantial gravity for snowy weather, but a fast turnaround so you can get some holiday cheer from fermentor to pint ASAP. Malty but not too sweet, just enough bitterness to balance, a definite but not overstated citrus hop profile (bolstered by real citrus!), this is far from your normal holiday ale.

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This strong-ish American amber ale is built for the cold: a substantial gravity for snowy weather, but a fast turnaround so you can get some holiday cheer from fermentor to pint ASAP. Malty but not too sweet, just enough bitterness to balance, a definite but not overstated citrus hop profile (bolstered by real citrus!), this is far from your normal holiday ale.

Its saturated copper-red hue comes from a blend of malts: pale chocolate adds a warm, toasty dimension and suggestions of black tea to the fig-and-toffee profile of two authentic English caramel malts. The earthy and dark dried-fruit character of the malt segues into bright floral citrus, thanks to the resinous lime-and-flowers velvet punch of Styrian Celeia and a charge of sweet orange peel at the end of the boil!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Amber Ale, Spice or Fruit Beer
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1062
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great base beer to build upon Review by Ryan
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This is the first brew I have ever attempted and jumped straight to AG with this kit. Brew day went smooth and I couldn't wait to get to drinking this. I got to thinking and decided to add 2lbs of honey and 2lbs of cherries to secondary. I let it bottle condition for several weeks and the anticipation got the best of me and I cracked one open and had to try it. The honey really boosted the alcohol content. It gave it a definite warm bite at the finish. Great for those cold winter nights. Also, with the addition of the cherries and honey, it was very Mad Elfesque. The more it sits in the bottles, the more well rounded it's becoming. I can't wait to brew this again and compare it to last years batch. (Posted on 5/6/14)
Big Flavor! Review by CatoosaBrewer
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Balance... This is a great example of a balanced tasty brew. I will brew this one again and again. Forget the "Holiday" part of the ale, this is a year round brew. (Posted on 2/23/14)
Outstanding, really surprised me Review by Boston Brewer
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One of my best beers ever. Made if for Christmas, brewing just after I capitulated to the NB marketing juggernaught, but it's finally just coming into it's prime at the end of January. Gorgeous color. Malty and simply delicious.

Well done NB! (Posted on 1/28/14)
Nicely balanced Review by Paul
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Very nice brew with a great balance between malt and hops (I'm not a hophead). The orange peel adds a nice distinction. I recommend it (and hardly ever give 5 stars.....only for life changing brews ;). Mine aged in the keg for about 3 months due to lack of room in my keg fridge and timing, so I recommend giving it a bit of patience. I rack straight from fermenter to keg and use Biofine Clear to drop out the yeast while carbing (Posted on 1/14/14)
Solid amber ale...should be available year round Review by Gary
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Sweet, finishes with a citrus-clean finish.
At 4 weeks, I think it is still a little green. The 5th week conditions that out and the sweet-citrusy flavor comes out.
The best amber ale I have made yet. Will absolutely make this again. (Posted on 1/11/14)
Easy and quick Review by Troy
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Good beer that finished quicker than anticipated. I only fermented for 2 weeks in the primary then bottled. Was drinking it in just over a week in the bottle. Great flavor and surprised it was ready to drink so quick. The orange peel is a great addition. Will brew this again. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Good Holiday Brew Review by Jeremy
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I made this for the holidays to share with friends and family. It was a hit. (Posted on 12/29/13)
Need better instructions...(all grain) Review by Richard
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It is probably just me, but I thought the instructions on how much water to use could have been a bit more clear. This was my first all-grain attempt and I am very hopeful on the end product. The hops smelled great. The sweet orange peel at the end of the boil should be a nice addition. I brewed this today and ended with an OG of 1.054, so I was a little short of my target. I tried to adjust for grain absorption and boil loss, but ended up over shooting my batch size by about 1 gallon (6 gallon in the fermenter). It was about 40 degrees outside, so I thought I would have lost more on the boil. Estimated final gravity of 6%. With that said, I am still excited to give this a try, I have been looking for a holiday brew to try and this one really stuck out to me. (Posted on 11/30/13)
Easy and loved by all.... Review by Scott
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This is my first AG brew and it went great. The only problem I had was the orange peels clogging up the drain tub. Other than that, it was easy. Added a irish moss tab to the boil. Let it sit in the primary for three weeks and did not transfer to a secondary. Kegged this brew and forced carbed at 20 PSI for 3 days. This beer is the best I have ever made and everyone loves it. Great malt and citrus taste. Will brew again! (Posted on 11/27/13)
Good drinker, low citrus though Review by Jason
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This is a good all around drinker for the holidays, but I was a little disappointed with the citrus. I expected a bit more orange in the nose, but I can barely pick it up. maybe it's just me though since so many other reviews seem to note a strong citrus presence. (Posted on 11/26/13)
Good beer for the holidays Review by Harold
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A good holiday beer that I will be brewing for the second time. (Posted on 11/25/13)
Great Sweet Red, Trouble with OG Review by BeerGeek
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Brew day on this one was normal, just have figured out that NB's all grain kits are for 75% efficiency. Because of that I missed my gravity by 2 whole points. It also finished high. No big deal. Sweet orange makes this beer a nice warm citrus red and helps the chocolate really shine through. I like to think of it as eating a really awesome sweet potato casserole. Great beer that many enjoy. Alcohol isn't everything in beer. (Posted on 11/24/13)
Very happy with how this brew turned out. Review by Mark
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This was only my second all-grain brew, but the end result ended up pretty good for my standards. The O.G. (1.054) was about .008 short of the target gravity, which I was concerned about, but the final product ended up great. The ABV is about 5.5%, which is probably a little low because of that O.G. Head retention on this beer is great, and there is a foamy, creaminess to the flavor. To a very small extent I am remind of Guinness when I drink this. I haven't noticed the citrus, but perhaps that will come through as it ages. (Posted on 11/23/13)
Great Ale for Holidays Review by Michael
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I brewed this a few weeks ago with a starter kit, and I changed fermenters three times to achieve maximum clarity. At the end of the fermentation process I added 720 ml of spiced rum that I had infused with some cloves. It's turned out great and will be our Thanksgiving beer. (Posted on 11/21/13)
Great Review by Jacob
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Great beer! Perfect holiday sipper.
(Posted on 11/20/13)
Good Hoilday Brew Review by Dennis
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This is a good amber ale, four weeks fermentation, three weeks bottle conditioning, yummy.Was hoping for more orange flavor, but does have a citrus dryness. I plan on serving this with creamy holiday head like Guinness get a 10ml syringe without a needle, slowing pour a flat beer leaving head room, fill half the syringe with beer then half with air, hold the syringe close to the beer as possible and plunge the syringe as fast as possible, your guests will love it. (Posted on 11/19/13)
So far so good Review by Wallace
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Brewed this almost 3 weeks ago and getting ready to bottle this weekend. Had an OG around 1.065 and it seemed the fermentation was healthy as it bubbled for over a week... looking forward to checking the FG and bottling it up this weekend. And even more looking forward to partaking a few weeks from now. (Posted on 11/7/13)
Delicious Review by Kris
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This turned out to be a great beer! I was a little over my wanted volume, so I boiled for 90 minutes. Ended up with 5 gallons into the carboy at 1.065 OG. Good stuff! (Posted on 11/5/13)
Easy Holiday Brew Review by Daniel
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Brewed this last about 10 days ago, and can already smell the citrus. Can't wait to drink. Very easy brew. (Posted on 10/30/13)
Fun easy brew Review by Steven
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I brewed this beer about three weeks ago. It was a lot of fun and not overly complicated. I have noticed excellent fermentation activity. I look forward to bottling in about three weeks. Oh, and the smell is very good too. (Posted on 10/18/13)
Fun easy brew Review by Steven
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Had a fun time making this recipe. In the end I had good fermentation. I'll soon be bottling and enjoying. (Posted on 10/18/13)
Balanced Malty Beer Review by Steve
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This recipe is fantastic! It's a malt forward beer with nice fruity notes. The hops provide enough bitterness for balance, but it drinks nice and easy with a medium-full body. Flavors of toasted bread with caramel and fruity esters. Complex layers of malt with an interesting twist from the orange peel. If you like malty, strong, ambers....brew this! (Posted on 1/13/13)
First AG beer and am very pleased! Review by Nathan
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This was my first attempt at an all-grain beer. The holidays were upon us and I thought that this beer would hit the spot. With all of the pitfalls and snags that I encountered, this beer was actually very easy to make. Drinking it young the citrus is more subdued. I am drinking it now after a few extra weeks on it and the citrus is spot on. Great red color and malty finish. Would recommend this beer to drink anytime! (Posted on 12/28/12)
Great last minute ale. Review by Trent
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I brewed this a day before going on a thanksgiving trip. Left it in the primary for 2 weeks and then secondary for 1. After only a week in the bottle I have great carbonation. I use the White Labs yeast. Its typically what I use for all my beer and I had no issue with it blowing its top( although the person feeding my pets did say my airock was bubbling like crazy) None the less, great tasting ale! Thanks NB! (Posted on 12/20/12)
Use a hopsack for the sweet orange Review by Double-A 760
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Brewed this up on the 15th of November, progressing nicely. Hit numbers fine, but wanted to share a reminder with the brewing community here-

Use a hopsack or spider for the orange peel! I just dumped it in and it plugged my ball valve upon transferring to my carboy for fermentation post chilling!

I am not a big fan of pouring a huge pot of chilled wort into a big funnel and hoping for the best, but I made due. Thought this tidbit might save somebody else from making the same error. (Posted on 12/3/12)
Nice Brown Ale Review by Mike
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Brewed up 4 weeks ago, force carbed and was ready in time for Thanksgiving Eve party. Was well liked by everyone, even the hopheads.

Taste is very similar to a dry brown ale, not too sweet and an overall nice body. Aftertaste was citrus bitter which accounted for the sweet orange peel. Definitely a nice easy drinking and easy to brew beer. Did not deviate from the recipe but would have liked more of the orange peel to show through. (Posted on 11/25/12)
Great Holiday Brew Review by Steven
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This is a great brew to enjoy during the holiday season! It is easy and ready for enjoyment relatively quickly. It has a great color, very smooth, and subtile citrus notes. My wife is hard to please with beer and she loves this one! I am brewing my second batch this weekend so that it will be ready to enjoy on Christmas. (Posted on 11/22/12)

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