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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Be prepared Review by Mike
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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
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A good recipe to play with other flavors. (Posted on 12/31/13)
Great holiday ale Review by Steve
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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