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 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)
Thanks for the heads-up Review by William
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After reading the reviews here, I was prepared and used the blow off hose. 17 hours in and she blew her top! (Posted on 12/10/12)
Solid, Subtle and Satisfying Review by John
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I understand the excitement and anticipation of watching one's beer ferment, but ultimately I brew to drink beer and don't see much use for reviewing one's fermentation.
With that said, I used Wyeast 1056 because I had one last mason jar of the washed stuff left. I too got a vigorous ferment, but I aerate and get blow-offs from lower OG beers. I didn't let my orange peel float free, but used a hop sock instead. I kegged it and have had it on tap for the last two weeks or so. I waited to see if there was much flavor change and while it's definitely been stable, I don't think 4 weeks to tap is accurate. Patience is always rewarded and my first tasting was about five weeks in and I gave it another week. It hasn't changed a bit since then.
Initially I was expecting more orange flavor. It's noticeable with some imagination, not prominent at all. The beer settled very clear and it has a full nose that I can only describe as good beer smell. The taste is thoroughly satisfying: full bodied, clean finish, not sweet and if the orange is anywhere it's blended with the dry hop bitterness which is not overpowering but quite a nice period to the end of a delicious sentence of beer. This is a beer you can set down and forget about over a game or a conversation and enjoy as it warms. I've had a long day today and it was a great way to put this one behind me. I can't say this is the best beer I've brewed only because, like good friends, it's hard to pick a best when when it's such a blessing to have so many.
This is not some pantry-esque christmas spice brew. It's solid, subtle and satisfying. Another good sign: we had a small party and friends allowed to freely graze and choose their beverages, overwhelmingly chose the Brickwarmer and chose it repeatedly.
One other note: nice name. It's easier to think of warm bricks than slobbering caribou as I raise my glass and admire the color and flavor. (Posted on 12/7/12)
added to my previous review. Review by Matt
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I too had a blow off but I was prepared and caught it right away so its all good! (Posted on 12/5/12)
Very excited to try! Review by Chris
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I also had a blow out - two in fact! I don't know if there's an issue with the recipe, but ill be sure to have a better blow-off system in place when i brew this next year. I let the orange peel go into the fermenter. They floated at the top the whole time. I did a three week primary with no secondary. I had to restart my siphon into the bottling bucket three or four times. At least once was because of orange bits clogging the line. The other times I can't explain. Probably bits of orange getting stuck in the fermenter side of the siphon but then falling away when I broke the vacuum. Even though most of the bits floated, there were probably a few sinkers. The taste of the beer in the hydrometer was great and made me think it was worth the trouble! If this beer turns out as good as I think it's going to, it'll be my go to Christmas recipe! (Posted on 12/3/12)
High Gravity Review by Bear
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I brewed this yesterday and thanfully read a review that prepaired me to use the blow-off tube. The OG was at an astounding 1.068 instead of the predicted 1.062 so I suggest making a yeast starter for this brew, esp because this is a 4 week kit. The citris adds an amazing aroma! I will update when I crack my first one open.
(Posted on 12/2/12)
Love it Review by Matt
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1.5 weeks primary, 3 weeks secondary and 1.5 weeks in the bottle. Made it for Christmas but I could not help myself. This beer is fantastic! It has a great caramel taste to it that keeps you coming back for more! I will make this every Christmas from now on! (Posted on 11/30/12)
Carbonation? Review by David
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I must have had bad yeast. Mine didn't ferment as aggressively as the previous two reviewers, and after 3 weeks in the bottle I have minimal carbonation. Live and learn, I guess..... (Posted on 11/19/12)

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