Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0890

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

Good, but not much to it. Review by Dustin
As a holiday warmer ale, I thought there would be more body and taste to this beer.
It did improve considerably after leaving it in the bottle for several more weeks. Has a nice dry taste and the orange peel came out more.
Still not the fullness I expected though. (Posted on 1/9/15)
Wow! The best Holiday beer I ever brewed. Review by Paul
I fermented for two weeks, placed this in a secondary for another Two weeks. Bottled and waited for another two weeks. The beer has an pecan taste to it and a hint of orange. This is an awesome beer. Will make more for next years holiday season. (Posted on 12/21/14)
Very nice holiday beer Review by John
Follow up to my 10/27 review, overall the beer came out quite nice considering. I can just make out a hint of vanilla and nutmeg which is what i' hoped was the case as to not be too overpowering. I hoped the sweet orange peel at 5 minutes to end would gave been more pronounced but can hardly pick it up in the overall flavor of the beer ( maybe 2oz. would be a better addition). Overall very good as it fills the fall beer vacancy as i am not a huge fan of the pumpkin as a flavor for beer. (Posted on 11/25/14)
Happy Holiday Brewing Review by John
Decided to brew this for the holidays coming up. I chose to add 2 tablespoons of nutmeg and a tablespoon and a half of vanilla extract ( at the request of a very dear aunt who was excited when she found out i brewed). The sweet orange peels went into the boil at 5 minutes to end instead of the suggested flameout. 1.5 weeks in the primary, 5 weeks in secondary for mellowing. So far it smells great. Will update on the progress. (Posted on 10/27/14)
Good things come to those who wait! Review by MmBeer
When I started brewing, I made this as my 3rd batch. I got a bit of a late start so had to rush a bit to get it ready for Christmas. With that time of year coming again I felt enticed to review it.
It was pretty good on Christmas. Many family members tried it and were impressed. I was somewhat impressed and considered it my best brew to date (of the 3). I had a few bottles left after the holidays and drank the last one near the end of January and it was FANTASTIC! My dad, who received a 6 pack of it drank his last one in February and agreed with me. Make this your next brew and it will be amazing by Christmas. I've evolved somewhat to making my own recipes rather than kits but this is one I will make every year. (Posted on 9/20/14)
A delicious red ale Review by Tim
I made this using the Wyeast London Ale yeast options with a 650 ml overnight starter culture. I did 2 weeks in the primary and one week in the secondary, both at 68 degrees. I had no problem with blow off, and fermentation was very active for about 3-4 days, and then it slowed down. Gravity measurement suggested everything was done within a week, but I left it in the primary for another week. The beer was still a little cloudy, but it cleared in the secondary. I bottled with 4.5 oz of corn sugar and let it bottle condition for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, I got a small but persistent head with good lacing and nice carbonation. I would probably do a full 5 oz of corn sugar next time to get a little more head in the glass. The beer is really fantastic. I get a touch of orange that ads a bit of crisp flavor to the malt/hop mix. The beer is pretty complex in flavor profile, but it is a very satisfying drink. My final ABV was 6.5%, and I followed the kit instructions with no additional additives. I would brew this one again, but it is absolutely a heavy and complex beer that is more of a holiday sipper than an every day drinker. This one was a big hit with friends. (Posted on 5/18/14)
good winter beer Review by longbowaj
I screwed this beer up some by swapping the hop schedule, did goldings @60min then caught my mistake and added the Magnum @30min. With that said I still enjoyed the beer and really liked the hint of organge from the peel in the nose. As it aged the organge character went away so don't let it sit for too long. (Posted on 3/30/14)
Excellent with Age Review by Mike
This is my 6th or 7th brew and by far the best. It has really settled down and mellowed quite nicely. I would say it is the first one I would for sure repeat. It has a strong taste at first then is like a cream ale, very smooth with a nice finish. Quite frankly it is one of the best ales I have ever had. (Posted on 2/23/14)
Give it Time Review by Ted
I gave this one two weeks in the primary moved it to a secondary for a week just to clear it up a little and bottled it a week later (Mid December). When I tried the first beer I got a little nervous. I'm no pro, but I was thinking, what the hell did I do wrong. I didn't touch it for about three weeks...WOW what a difference!! lesson learned let this one sit a little longer and you'll be pleasantly surprised. I'll definitely get this one again. (Posted on 2/6/14)
Good in a pinch Review by Mike
Given the advertised fast turnaround time of this beer, I thought I'd give it a shot. Brewed around thanksgiving in the hopes of a Christmas miracle. As you'd expect it was only ok a month after brewing, 3 weeks primary, 1 week bottle. It has improved over time, but not greatly. Everyone I've offered it to, novice to fellow homebrewer, has given it high marks, but for me it ended up just ok, where many NB kits are awesome. Certainly not a bad beer, but it just didn't wow me. (Posted on 1/31/14)
Nice Beer Review by Jeremy
Usually only do partial mash but this was a time saving gem..what a great beer for the winter months that only takes a few hours to brew and tastes fantastic...I also want to add that I've tried numerous recipe kits from other shops on the internet over the past 5 years and be warned...NB kits/recipes are far and away the best on the market. (Posted on 1/30/14)
Sit on it! Review by Zach and Olivia
Let it mature, that is. The orange peel is aggressive when the beer is on the green side, but it will mellow out, I promise!

This is a delicious, complex beer, and quite possibly our favorite red! We were wary that other reviews did not care for how busy the flavor profile is, but when you let it condition even a short while, the flavors start to play nice together. We added a cinnamon-whiskey tincture to that gave it kind of a cinnamon toast crunch quality. Will brew again next November to have in time for Christmas! (Posted on 1/24/14)
Nice brew Review by Kristofer
Great ale and simple to brew. I will be brewing this again. (Posted on 1/17/14)
Brickwarmer Holiday Red Lager Review by Paul
I like to ferment around the ambient temperature in my shop, thus lagers in the cold months, with S-23 lager harvested lager yeast (3rd generation).

OG= 1.062 (60F).

Primary = 9 days, gravity = 1.020 (54F). Taste is strong, fullbodied, OK but a bit rough?

Secondary = 6 days, gravity = 1.018 (54F). Taste is nice, smooth, not overpowering. Substantial positive change primary.

Keg and cellar at 45 F. I'm sure it will be enjoyable.

(Posted on 1/16/14)
Solid Cold Weather Suds Review by Sam
I stuck to the original recipe, only variation was I made a vanilla bean tincture with two beans and added it to the secondary off recommendation from other reviewers. 15 days in primary, 20 days in secondary, forced carb'd and kegged. I tapped this batch on Christmas eve and it did not disappoint.

Appearance: Draft poured from keg, dark, burnt red, slight haze, 1 inch of head, strong lacing.

Smell - Citrus zest, vanilla, very malty.

Taste - The initial taste was rich sweet toasty malts, caramel, almost coffee flavor, very earthy. Orange and vanilla flavors as well but not overpowering and not at the forefront. For a beer with a relatively high ABV there are hardly any hints of alcohol. Flavors became more prominent as beer warmed up. Best slightly chilled, not icey cold.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is creamy and full. Heavy on the palate.

Overall - This is a solid brew. Although I could not imagine this on a summer night, good for cold, Colorado weather though. If I were to brew this again I would probably add additional orange somewhere along the process, either double up on the peels during boil or add some peels in the secondary in a muslin bag with the vanilla tincture. Only 4 stars because I think it could be approved upon if done again. Not the best batch I have ever made but very satisfying. (Posted on 1/10/14)
Nice variation on holiday beer Review by Matt
Brewed this up on November 24 for the holidays. This was my first kegged batch of beer so other than getting some of my kegerator settings right for proper carbonation, this has been a nice easy to drink holiday beer. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Be prepared Review by Mike
This took right off, very vigorous. I thought I would need a blow off, came very close. After only a week in the bottle I could not wait as usual. Good already, as advertised and this is one I would do again (Posted on 1/3/14)
Easy Brew Review by Tim
A good recipe to play with other flavors. (Posted on 12/31/13)
Great holiday ale Review by Steve
This was my first home brew and the reviews from friends and family were very good. I enjoy a bit more spice in my holiday ale but this was a well balanced and easy to drink beer. Easy to follow recipe. Will do again and add my own spices next year! (Posted on 12/30/13)
Brewing this one again, for sure. Review by Ryan
This was my 2nd brew and it turned out wonderfully! I'll outline my process and then review the beer so you can know what exactly I did to get the end result.

I followed the recipe to a tee. I wasn't sure whether or not to filter out the orange peel when pouring from the kettle into the primary, so I just let all the peel go in. So I guess you could say I "dry peeled" during primary fermentation. I used the S-04 dry yeast option. Like others, I did need the blow off tube during primary, as it was an aggressive fermentation. Primary fermentation was 14 days at 66* F for the first 5 or so days then brought up to room temp, and then secondary was 14 days at room temp (70* F ambient). I bottled with 2/3 cup priming sugar as instructed. Let it carb up at room temp for 3 weeks and then put in the fridge for 3 more weeks (6 weeks total bottle conditioning). I did not take any gravity readings as I didn't have a hydrometer yet.

The end result is a wonderfully balanced beer with a complex flavor and decent ABV. I taste caramel/toffee in the malt with a hint of dark chocolate and dried fruit, giving way to a subtle bitterness from the hops and a slight citrus overtone from the orange peel. The orange is certainly there but not overwhelming. This is the kind of beer I can baby for 30 minutes because it gets better with each sip as it warms. My only complaint about this beer is that it shouldn't be advertised as a "Holiday Red". I could see myself drinking this in the dog days of summer (and I will be). It's crisp and refreshing. And 6 week turnaround my @$$! I would say to give it a month for fermentation and at least a month in bottles. I sampled mine each week in bottles and it was way too bitter and unbalanced until 6 weeks in bottles. So mine took 10 weeks total.
(Posted on 12/27/13)
Good beer, easy to make, not my favorite though Review by Tony
I made this beer to give away for the holidays. While perfectly drinkable and flavorful, I found it a little busy and just didn't care for the taste. Your mileage may vary. It took a long time to fully carbonate, adding to my disappointment, although that's probably not a recipe issue. Doubt I'll make this one again when there are so many other great NB kits to try! (Posted on 12/27/13)
First timer Review by Rob
My wife and I are new to home brewing and this was our first.

We've each enjoyed the taste of it but she insists there's a high gravity, while I detect NONE. I'm writing this after downing 2 rather quickly. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Does that mean I'm a drunkard with a high resistance?!

It does taste good, so all's not lost. Both beers poured with a decent amount of head, a nice color and little if any sediment. Sure would like the zip if you know what I mean.

We've got a coffee stout fermenting so hopefully that one delivers.

Awesome hobby. Everyone is quite helpful, so help me out here. Why does it seem there's no alcohol in this batch?

Thanks! (Posted on 12/20/13)
Super Easy - Super Wonderful Review by Shawn
A wonderful holiday cup of cheer is in store for those willing to go the extra mile over the river and through the woods to brew this beauty.

I took a chance and used a yeast starter plus aeration of the wort and haven't looked back.

Follow the excellent brewing suggestions on BrewTV and you raise your glass high this holiday season! (Posted on 12/17/13)
Can't wait to share at the Christmas party Review by James
Just bottled this beer last night: yeast starter with ten days in the primary then racked into the secondary for two weeks. Smells great and the sip I tasted from the bottling bucket was very promising, and pretty bubbly already. Have a feeling this will impress at my wife's family Christmas party, and will be ready just in time, too. (Posted on 12/15/13)
Looking good so far Review by CJ
We are about six days out from bottling, but it is looking great in secondary fermentation right now. It smelled superb while boiling, and had a very nice aroma when switching it over from primary fermentation. It will be ready to open by New Year's Day, and we are super excited to try it! (Posted on 12/12/13)
Well worth a 2nd Try Review by Michael
I'm relatively new to brewing and have only done 13 batches, thus far. The first time I brewed this Holiday Red was my 9th batch. I liked it so much I made it my 13th, as well - the only brew I've done more than once. (Posted on 12/12/13)
Definitely a crowd pleaser! Review by Foxcraft Brewing
This is one of the first beers I brewed. I've done about 15 since then and this is one of the favorites--I just kegged my second one this week! It's a warm and fuzzy ale. The spice elements are not very dominant and I think some people would like more. It's a nice session beer for the holidays and I have found that people who are new to trying home-brews love it. Cheers. (Posted on 12/12/13)
Excellent! - Clean and crisp Review by Fitz
I have brewed this recipe three times, and will brew it again and again. I highly recommend using a blow-off hose instead of an airlock because the fermentation is extremely aggressive if using a yeast starter as I do. Within four hours fermentation begins and becomes vigorous after 12 hours. 1 week primary. 2 weeks secondary. 1-2 weeks keg conditioning. I have to sample after a few days in the keg, just to be sure. :) This is a fantastic beer! I cannot keep it around for long. It takes longer to brew than it does to drink....for sure! (Posted on 12/10/13)
Great base for spiced winter brew Review by Keith
I used this as a base for a spiced winter beer and it is absolutely fantastic! Trying to get a flavor reminiscent of a certain GLBC Xmas Ale - added 1 cinnamon stick, grated ginger root, and a SMALL amount of clove @ 10 minutes, then 1oz sweet orange peel and another cinnamon stick to primary. Excellent kit! (Posted on 12/10/13)
Easy brew Review by Jcb
I had no complications brewing this one. I set up my fermenter with an overflow as was suggested in other reviews. It bubbled steady with no problems. I did a week in my primary, two weeks in my secondary and just put it into bottles yesterday. The sample I had while bottling, had a really nice flavor to it. I suspect it will be another winner. My o.g. was 1.068 and my final was 1.020. Which I believe gave me an abv of just over 6%. I can't wait to break it open at our neighborhoods holiday party! (Posted on 12/9/13)
Will update when fully brewed. Review by Corey
Just brewed will come back to give a better rating. Bubbling away nicely so far. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Great winter ale Review by Chris
Overall I am very pleased with this beer. This was the first beer that I kegged. I'm not sure if it was the kegging process or something but the orange does not stand out to me except at the end there is a slight citrus to it. Maybe next time I'll try adding more orange peel. Also it doesn't say in the instructions to boil all the orange and separate it out or to leave it in the fermentor, I went with boiling about 3/4 the bag then adding the rest to the secondary fermentation. Will buy again in the future! (Posted on 12/7/13)
Waiting patiently Review by Tim
Not ready for drinking yet, but bottled. The aroma is very nice, and the addition of orange peal sounds interesting. Looking forward to this one, as are some of my friends. (Posted on 12/6/13)
acquired tasty Review by Masquelle
At first, I wasn't sure about this ale. After a few weeks of bottle conditioning, it's just gotten better and better. (Isn't that always the way?) It has some great flavor combos -- and stays true to its British Ale roots. I would definitely make this again. (Posted on 11/30/13)
Tasty brew Review by Kyle
Brewed this in October to have ready to take home for Christmas. Left in the bottles to condition for 3.5 weeks, and it has turned out to be pretty tasty and quite easy to drink. Would recommend (strongly) using a blowoff hose and not an airlock. Pumped to take it home and get some reviews from the family in a couple of weeks. (Posted on 11/29/13)
Looks to be great Review by Allan
While it is not yet on tap, the beer is looking great. It took off quickly and fermented out in about 5 days. When I racked to the secondary, I got a little taste. I really like the way the orange peels are coming across. Looking forward to having this on tap! (Posted on 11/26/13)
first brew Review by chris
This is my first attempt at brewing. So far the process has went great. The only reason I give this four stars is because you MUST use an over flow, which isn't mentioned in the recipe, instead of an airlock because the fermention is extremely aggressive. Within about six hours my bung blew off and it things got a little messy untill I got an overflow rigged up. (Posted on 11/24/13)
crisp and clean Review by chris
i Mashed @ dry Temp and fly sparged. this kit hit OG nicely. 1. week primary 2. weeks secondary. Forced carb @ 11 lbs 8 days and Bottled with beer gun .
Aged for two weeks Results are 5 star and will be ordering again for my next brew (Posted on 11/19/13)
Maybe I shouldn't be reviewing this, but... Review by Andy
I loved this beer, but i made it my own. Used wlp007 (and suffered a huge blow off). I also added centennial at 20, zythos at flameout, and dry hopped with zythos and another pack of sweet orange peel. It was incredible!! I had some extra hoops on hand, and a hoppy amber sounded fun. Believe me, it was worth it. (Posted on 11/19/13)
completely positive Review by Anders
Mine is in secondary fermentation, but I'm super eager to try it. Easy to brew, smells fantastic, and great for the Christmas season. (Posted on 11/16/13)
Good Brew and a quick turnaround Review by Russell
Generally easy to brew, but be sure to use a blow off tube. Primary fermentation can get pretty aggressive. (Posted on 11/14/13)
work in Progress Review by brian
just brewed this a few days ago. A really strong fermentation resulting in a little blow out in my air lock. swapped it out for a blow off tube and after 2+ days it is still gurgling away. will post update once it is finished (Posted on 11/11/13)
Ferm caps to avoid blow off Review by pony
I have used ferm caps when I have brewed this beer in the past and plan to add some to the batch that is cooking right now! I love this brew and can't wait to keg and pour! (Posted on 11/10/13)
Blow Off Even with 6.5 Gallon Bucket? Review by Andrew
Anyone experience blow off even with a 6.5 gallon bucket? I'm wondering if I'll be ok with just an airlock or need a blow off tube. (Posted on 11/2/13)
excellent beer! Review by Hubert MacHaggis
Fermented for 3 weeks on 2 vanilla beans and kegged yesterday. So far everyone loves this batch and is begging for more. This was my wife's favorite beer I've made yet and I have to say ill be needing to make more from the responses I've got so far!!!!! (Posted on 11/1/13)
very popular brew here Review by Hubert MacHaggis
I love this beer so far. Spent 3 weeks fermenting and kegged yesterday. My wife's favorite batch so far, I added 2 vanilla beans to it for the whole fermentation cycle and it is very smooth and drinkable and the oranges give it a nice sweet flavor. Everyone around my house is in love with this one and are begging for more:-)
(Posted on 11/1/13)
great holiday beer Review by rob
great holiday beer to share with friends and family (Posted on 10/31/13)
Tell One Tell All! Review by Michael
Rating I've brewed this tasty treat 3 times now and don't see why I would't keep brewing it for years to come. My mom doesn't drink nor like much beer at all and Loves the heck out of this brew if that's any indicator of it's drinkability. I add more orange peel...CHEERS to a CLASSIC! (Posted on 10/24/13)
No ferm problem here Review by Jesse
Everyone is speaking of vigorous ferm with this, I had no such problem as it has been slow and steady for the last week tailing off now. Gravity came in just a little low from suggested but wort was absolutely delicous. Can't wait for it to be ready (Posted on 10/7/13)
make a lot Review by duane
excellent beer and easy to make, but make sure you make a lot, it goes fast. my Wife (who does not drink much beer )loved will enjoy the holidays with this one. (Posted on 9/29/13)
Looking forward to it! Review by Brandon
Primary Fermentation almost done....Can't wait to get this one carbonated. (Posted on 9/29/13)
Looks Great So Far! Review by Parker
I brewed this kit on 9/12/13, we added 1lb of corn sugar the last 15 minutes of the boil and got our OG up to 1.072! Like you I had crazy fermentation activity for 3 days and on day 4 it was very minimal. I checked the gravity on 9/16/13 and the gravity was a 1.020! I'm going to check it again on 9/20/13 and if the gravity is steady rack it to secondary. On a side not I tased the tester and it tastes awesome already, really excited to get this one carbonated! (Posted on 9/17/13)
What was your FG? Review by Ron
My OG was on target. Visible fermentation...bubbling..slowed after 3 days...stopped at 4 days. I put in a strong starter, so I may have hit it with more yeast, which sped up the fermentation.

Can anyone tell me your final gravity to see if I hit target?

Thanks (Posted on 9/5/13)
Great! Review by Austin
Just cracked my first and it was awesome. Great for the Fall. (Posted on 8/8/13)
my favorite. Review by Devon
The first brew I made, and have made it 3 times since. Everyone is a big fan of this orange peel amber ale. (Posted on 7/26/13)
Not just for the holidays... Review by Joshua
Talk about a full bodied American red. Brewed this following the recipe in December, then again in March but used 1272 and added a pound of honey at the last 15 minutes of the boil. Added a great mouth feel and the 1272 produced a much clearer, slightly fruiter beer. (Posted on 5/3/13)
One of the best brews I have ever made! Review by phil
I really made this for the holidays, but it got my attention big time. I can taste a variety of flavors in every sip. And that's what this beer is all about - not a guzzle type of beer, but a slow sipping beer with incredible flavors and aroma. I only have 10 bottles left and even though it is almost April, I feel the need to make some more. Don't want to be without it!! (Posted on 3/26/13)
Great Blend of Flavors Review by Volrath99
Best to let this sit for about a month after bottling to let the flavors all meld together. Orange citrus aroma. Malty, caramel, and chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee. More of a darker, full bodied, flavorful amber. Great next to a warm fire on a cold day or a after a late dinner.

(Used blow off first few days of fermentation and only got some krausen in tube so I would recommend using one or checking back to clean out the air lock) (Posted on 3/11/13)
Great Review by joey
Great Holiday Brew! (Posted on 2/13/13)
brewed this for holiday party Review by Melody
I brewed this and another NB kit for our annual holiday party and it was well recieved by all. Good malty flavor. (Posted on 2/13/13)
Very Different indeed Review by Johnny
So i didnt know what to expect with this. I thought it would be a standard red ale. Boy was I wrong. The flavors of Oak and nutmeg were really too much for me to appreciate however everyone who tried this beer raved about how much they enjoyed it goes to show you one mans bum beer is another mans favorite. I ended up giving away this batch of beer as xmas presents. I gave it 5 stars as everyone else really liked this!!! Happy Brewing!!!! (Posted on 2/5/13)
You should always use a blow-off tube... Review by George
I've learned that from experience. Those of you that had fermentation surprises, that's a result of your brewing conditions, not the kit. Anyway, I had good luck with this recipe. Turned out stronger than the average amber and with a more pronounced hop profile. This is my type of amber! (Posted on 12/23/12)
Not a bad brew Review by Thomas
I dont know if I could disagree much with John's 'Solid, Subtle and Satisfying' review below. I have had this brew in the keg for about a week and now and his tasting notes are incredibly accurate. Age does seem to have a position impact on this brew. I had it in the primary for about a week, in the secondary for about 3 to 4 weeks and now in the keg. Hind sight being what it is, I would probably brew up the all grain version of this kit and add the orange peel in the secondary for a stronger orange flavor/aroma. (Posted on 12/23/12)
can't get enough Review by Kyle
All my friends just love this beer, be ready for the blow off, Great, great beer!!! (Posted on 12/21/12)
Another vote for using a blow-off tube Review by Mike
Just brewed and put it in the primary yesterday. This morning there was foam in the airlock, so I sanitized and installed a fresh one. Came back at lunchtime to find the bucket lid was blown off. Wort was up the wall and on the carpet and there sat an open fermenter with a nice head of foam. I scrambled to fix the problem and ended up using my siphon tube as a blow-off tube emptying into a gallon bucket of water. I hope the batch is still good. Will Update when I get to taste a sample. (Posted on 12/11/12)
Thanks for the heads-up Review by William
After reading the reviews here, I was prepared and used the blow off hose. 17 hours in and she blew her top! (Posted on 12/10/12)
Solid, Subtle and Satisfying Review by John
I understand the excitement and anticipation of watching one's beer ferment, but ultimately I brew to drink beer and don't see much use for reviewing one's fermentation.
With that said, I used Wyeast 1056 because I had one last mason jar of the washed stuff left. I too got a vigorous ferment, but I aerate and get blow-offs from lower OG beers. I didn't let my orange peel float free, but used a hop sock instead. I kegged it and have had it on tap for the last two weeks or so. I waited to see if there was much flavor change and while it's definitely been stable, I don't think 4 weeks to tap is accurate. Patience is always rewarded and my first tasting was about five weeks in and I gave it another week. It hasn't changed a bit since then.
Initially I was expecting more orange flavor. It's noticeable with some imagination, not prominent at all. The beer settled very clear and it has a full nose that I can only describe as good beer smell. The taste is thoroughly satisfying: full bodied, clean finish, not sweet and if the orange is anywhere it's blended with the dry hop bitterness which is not overpowering but quite a nice period to the end of a delicious sentence of beer. This is a beer you can set down and forget about over a game or a conversation and enjoy as it warms. I've had a long day today and it was a great way to put this one behind me. I can't say this is the best beer I've brewed only because, like good friends, it's hard to pick a best when when it's such a blessing to have so many.
This is not some pantry-esque christmas spice brew. It's solid, subtle and satisfying. Another good sign: we had a small party and friends allowed to freely graze and choose their beverages, overwhelmingly chose the Brickwarmer and chose it repeatedly.
One other note: nice name. It's easier to think of warm bricks than slobbering caribou as I raise my glass and admire the color and flavor. (Posted on 12/7/12)
added to my previous review. Review by Matt
I too had a blow off but I was prepared and caught it right away so its all good! (Posted on 12/5/12)
Very excited to try! Review by Chris
I also had a blow out - two in fact! I don't know if there's an issue with the recipe, but ill be sure to have a better blow-off system in place when i brew this next year. I let the orange peel go into the fermenter. They floated at the top the whole time. I did a three week primary with no secondary. I had to restart my siphon into the bottling bucket three or four times. At least once was because of orange bits clogging the line. The other times I can't explain. Probably bits of orange getting stuck in the fermenter side of the siphon but then falling away when I broke the vacuum. Even though most of the bits floated, there were probably a few sinkers. The taste of the beer in the hydrometer was great and made me think it was worth the trouble! If this beer turns out as good as I think it's going to, it'll be my go to Christmas recipe! (Posted on 12/3/12)
High Gravity Review by Bear
I brewed this yesterday and thanfully read a review that prepaired me to use the blow-off tube. The OG was at an astounding 1.068 instead of the predicted 1.062 so I suggest making a yeast starter for this brew, esp because this is a 4 week kit. The citris adds an amazing aroma! I will update when I crack my first one open.
(Posted on 12/2/12)
Love it Review by Matt
1.5 weeks primary, 3 weeks secondary and 1.5 weeks in the bottle. Made it for Christmas but I could not help myself. This beer is fantastic! It has a great caramel taste to it that keeps you coming back for more! I will make this every Christmas from now on! (Posted on 11/30/12)
Carbonation? Review by David
I must have had bad yeast. Mine didn't ferment as aggressively as the previous two reviewers, and after 3 weeks in the bottle I have minimal carbonation. Live and learn, I guess..... (Posted on 11/19/12)
Blow out! Review by Michael
Please use a blow off hose on this one! Had this one fermenting for 3 weeks and bottled it a few days ago. It really smells awesome so I can't wait to try it. Should be ready just in time for Xmas. I've never done orange peels so I was a little confused about letting them get into the fermenter or filtering them out. So I did about half in the fermenter. I sampled a bit at bottling but can't say much about it, however it was pleasing and should only get better with age and carbonation. Will post update upon drinking. (Posted on 11/18/12)
Anticipation is great! Review by Ken
Brewed this last Monday and it blew out all of the water in the air lock! When it was with its partner (White House honey Porter) there was quite a conversation going on between those two! (Posted on 10/22/12)

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