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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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)
Brickwarmer Holiday Red Lager Review by Paul
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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