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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Not just for the holidays... Review by Joshua
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Talk about a full bodied American red. Brewed this following the recipe in December, then again in March but used 1272 and added a pound of honey at the last 15 minutes of the boil. Added a great mouth feel and the 1272 produced a much clearer, slightly fruiter beer. (Posted on 5/3/13)
One of the best brews I have ever made! Review by phil
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I really made this for the holidays, but it got my attention big time. I can taste a variety of flavors in every sip. And that's what this beer is all about - not a guzzle type of beer, but a slow sipping beer with incredible flavors and aroma. I only have 10 bottles left and even though it is almost April, I feel the need to make some more. Don't want to be without it!! (Posted on 3/26/13)
Great Blend of Flavors Review by Volrath99
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Best to let this sit for about a month after bottling to let the flavors all meld together. Orange citrus aroma. Malty, caramel, and chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee. More of a darker, full bodied, flavorful amber. Great next to a warm fire on a cold day or a after a late dinner.

(Used blow off first few days of fermentation and only got some krausen in tube so I would recommend using one or checking back to clean out the air lock) (Posted on 3/11/13)
Great Review by joey
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Great Holiday Brew! (Posted on 2/13/13)
brewed this for holiday party Review by Melody
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I brewed this and another NB kit for our annual holiday party and it was well recieved by all. Good malty flavor. (Posted on 2/13/13)
Very Different indeed Review by Johnny
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So i didnt know what to expect with this. I thought it would be a standard red ale. Boy was I wrong. The flavors of Oak and nutmeg were really too much for me to appreciate however everyone who tried this beer raved about how much they enjoyed it....so it goes to show you one mans bum beer is another mans favorite. I ended up giving away this batch of beer as xmas presents. I gave it 5 stars as everyone else really liked this!!! Happy Brewing!!!! (Posted on 2/5/13)
You should always use a blow-off tube... Review by George
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I've learned that from experience. Those of you that had fermentation surprises, that's a result of your brewing conditions, not the kit. Anyway, I had good luck with this recipe. Turned out stronger than the average amber and with a more pronounced hop profile. This is my type of amber! (Posted on 12/23/12)
Not a bad brew Review by Thomas
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I dont know if I could disagree much with John's 'Solid, Subtle and Satisfying' review below. I have had this brew in the keg for about a week and now and his tasting notes are incredibly accurate. Age does seem to have a position impact on this brew. I had it in the primary for about a week, in the secondary for about 3 to 4 weeks and now in the keg. Hind sight being what it is, I would probably brew up the all grain version of this kit and add the orange peel in the secondary for a stronger orange flavor/aroma. (Posted on 12/23/12)
can't get enough Review by Kyle
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All my friends just love this beer, be ready for the blow off, Great, great beer!!! (Posted on 12/21/12)
Another vote for using a blow-off tube Review by Mike
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Just brewed and put it in the primary yesterday. This morning there was foam in the airlock, so I sanitized and installed a fresh one. Came back at lunchtime to find the bucket lid was blown off. Wort was up the wall and on the carpet and there sat an open fermenter with a nice head of foam. I scrambled to fix the problem and ended up using my siphon tube as a blow-off tube emptying into a gallon bucket of water. I hope the batch is still good. Will Update when I get to taste a sample. (Posted on 12/11/12)

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