Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0890
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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!

Brickwarmer Holiday Red

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Happy Holiday Brewing Review by John
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Great ale and simple to brew. I will be brewing this again. (Posted on 1/17/14)

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