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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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)
Will update when fully brewed. Review by Corey
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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