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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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)
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)

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