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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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)
Definitely a crowd pleaser! Review by Foxcraft Brewing
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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