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Whisk yourself off to a tropical island with a glowing pint of this delicious East Coast IPA. Dazzling aromas of mango, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit dominate the nose of this beer, showcased by its everlasting luminous white foam head. The light orange glimmer of the substantial malt bill shines through with subtle notes of fresh bread and warm biscuits, with just enough sweet malt radiance to perfectly balance the vivid hop flavor and slowly fading bitterness.
Kick back, bask in the sun to enjoy this radiantly exquisite ale.
Aroma Intense hop aroma of tropical fruit, citrus and pineapple. Faint but perceptible malt notes. Appearance Slightly hazy and deep straw to light golden-orange in appearance. Capped with a firm, persistent bright white foam head. Flavor Clean malt profile with a slight bit of toast flavors, but overall flavor is dominated by tropical fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and low citrus. Finishes with a long lasting hop flavor and a smooth bitterness that perfectly balances the large malt base. Mouthfeel Medium body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall Impression A considerably strong, hop forward pleasant pint. Massive aromas and flavors of Citra are showcased.
Swig of Sunbeams uses a Dry Hopping step to create an incredible aroma. Make dry hopping a breeze with the Depth Charge™ for Big Mouth Bubbler®.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Swig of Sunbeams Extract Recipe Kit Complete Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1074 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
5.0 / 5.011 ReviewsFlavor - WOWI just bottled it yesterday and I always sip on a small glass while bottling and WOW ! All the fruit flavors hit your palate and it is amazing ! I didn't think my wife was going to like it, but to my dismay, she did.
I don't know if I am going to be able to leave it alone for two weeks :)April 23, 2017Purchased
3 months agoGreat beer to brew in Late Spring to enjoy during SummerNice floral hoppy aroma, Definitely Sunbeam flavor profileApril 25, 2017Purchased
3 months agoWhat a surprise!!!Enjoy a variety of IPA's but this one hits you with citrus flavor right away! Brewed per instructions,dry hopped 7 days and kegged. 3 days force carb and loving everything about it I will definitely brew this again.April 29, 2017My new Favorite Recipe KitI've brewed over 25 different recipe kits from NB and this is my new favorite, probably because I'm such a citra hop nut and Swig is loaded with them. Zombie Dirt and Kama Citra are still up there in the ratings, but Swig of Sunshine has eclipsed even them. I'm ordering another kit today.June 19, 2017Purchased
1 month agoThis is the beer you dream of making...I cannot get enough of this beer. I think the best part of this beer is the aroma. Mango, peach, papaya and citrus are all there. Flavor is fantastic, well balanced and juicy with inviting bitterness at the finish. Not overwhelming at all. Primary 2 weeks, racked to secondary for 6 days. Dry hopped those last six days with the BMB Depth Charge. Can't say anything bad about that addition to my equipment arsenal. It is worth it when dry hopping is part of your typical recipe. I love IPAs. You will not be disappointed with this kit! Cheers!May 14, 2017Purchased
2 months agoAwesomethis is one of those beers that deserve a funeral when the keg kicks. A real tasty treatJune 20, 2017Purchased
2 months agoHeavenly Citra Hps!Brewed my first batch of Swig of Sunshine a month ago... just tapped it... it is heavenly. I love Citra Hops...May 18, 2017Perfect Brew!Amazing aroma! Taste is hoppy at first (but not overly bitter) which is balanced perfectly with the sweetness of the malt. I added whirlfoc to the boil and cold crashed with gelatin two days before kegging. The clarity is amazing!
Insanely balanced and crushable even at 8%!May 26, 2017Purchased
3 months agoJust recieved this kit a week ago. The amount of hops and sugars impressed me and the malts were tasty as well.
Brewed this weekend and the sunbeams smell and sound amazing in the catalyst. I only have been brewing for a couple years but the catalyst is the way to go! Totally worth the investment. Thanks again NB for the brew knowledge.May 8, 2017Purchased
2 months agoFast shipping, packaged neatly, very excited to brewFirst things first, the founder of Northern Brewer's name is Chris Farley hahahahahaha. Super excited to brew swig of sunbeams. I did the $7.99 flat rate shipping and it was delivered to me (in Maine) in 6 business days. Looking forward to kickin' my summer off with some BBQ and a keg of fresh homebrew. Cheers!May 5, 2017Purchased
1 month ago
Browse 13 questions Browse 13 questions and 37 answersWhat is the approximate ABV of this beer?BEST ANSWER: Close to 8%
Mine came in at 7.75%Can this be converted into a partial mash?BEST ANSWER: As with any kit, we post the recipe online so you could order parts a la carte if you want to do something experimental. 4.5 lbs Goldpils Vienna, 1/2 lb carapils, 1/2 lb flaked oats mashed at about 152 then add the golden lme and dme and corn sugar per the extract instructions.Are two yeast packets recommended? If so, is that stated somewhere in the instructions?BEST ANSWER: If your using dry yeast I would double pitch if u hit the expected OG 1.074. If your using liquid yeast then you should definitely make a starter no need to double pitch. Mine is fermenting as I write this and I doubled pitched with 2 packs of Safale 05 haven't taken a gravity reading yet but it seems to be progressing nicely. If your under 1.070 a single pack of dry yeast should work fine just make sure you aerate your wort real well before you pitch. Good Luck!!!3 weeks primary and 3 weeks secondary and after 3 weeks in bottle at 74 degrees still no carb should I be worried or just patient?BEST ANSWER: It should be carbed by now. I did 2 weeks primary, 1 week secondary before bottling and have good carbonation. Even though I pour in my priming sugar/water prior to racking to the botttling bucket, I always give it a good stir (being careful not to splash) to make sure it is evenly mixed. I then give it another stir halfway through bottling to make sure the last half of the bottles continue to be evenly primed. If you didn't stir at all, perhaps try the first bottle you racked (if you can recall which one that is) to see if you have decent carb. If not, perhaps it sat in the primary/secondary too long. 6 weeks does sound like a long time. Others may have different thoughts though.What is the target final gravity of this beer? I don't see it on the instructions though am assuming it is around 1.012.BEST ANSWER: I got 1.015 FG, but I used two packets of WL California Ale Yeast. I also only boiled half the hops called for in the boil, and saved the remainder for a major dryhop. Tastes excellent with lower bitterness, but that's just me. Very citrusy.Why is my ABV lower than expected (5.12%)? My OG was 1.060 and FG 1.021. I did 2 weeks primary and 2 weeks secondary.BEST ANSWER: There are a few possible causes for a lower ABV reading... not specific to this recipe, but in general. (1) Did you take a gravity reading for OG or did you use the calculated OG from the kit? -- Best approach is to take an actual reading so you can account for the precise amount of water added after brewing. (2) What method did you use to measure gravity, and did you use the same method for OG and FG? -- I've not had much luck with refractometer. The hygrometer has consistently given me readings that are much closer to what the recipe kits project. For 3 different batches, I measured gravity with both the refractometer and hygrometer, and the refractometer has shown much lower ABV than expected- typically 3-4% lower. (3) For ABV calculation, use one of the online calculators that corrects for temperature. The one at brewersfriend is pretty good. (4) There's always a chance you had issues with the yeast dying out, but in my experience it's been funky readings rather than funky yeast.I have 5oz of leftover corn sugar. Can I add it to the brew to increase the abv without messing with the taste? If so, when should I add it in the process and should I add anything else to combat loss of body?BEST ANSWER: Don't do it ! It already has corn sugar in it. It's already has a bit dryness to it which it balances out but if you were to add more sugar It would way over do it. I ended up with about 8.7 abvI have read that rolled oats are a must mash grain. so what benefit are you getting from just steeping the oats in this recipe?BEST ANSWER: Good question. Without having the enzymes present to convert the oat starch, you are not maximizing the benefit of the grain, losing out on some fermentables, and flavor elements. So, the kit includes a mixture of flaked oats and carapils, and they are there to give the finished beer a silkier mouth feel, and improved head retention to balance the use of corn sugar in ferment. The corn sugar gives the beer a sense of dryness which helps showcase the hops, and thins the beer a little bit. Thus the need for oats and catapults.What are the estimated IBU's of this beer?BEST ANSWER: The inspiration for this brew has 65 IBUs. I think I calculated mine was 57I have done a clon of sip of sunshine and did it as a whole grain recipe and that one called for 2 yeasts. And cost me close to 100 dollars for all the ingredients and it was real close to the original. Are you going to offer it as a whole grain kit?Will one packet of dry yeast be enough for this brew? The OG looks high enough to maybe need more.....BEST ANSWER: Hi there, with the starting gravity being 1074, a second pack of yeast would definitely be a good idea. Cheers!What have you seen fermentation wise with this kit, I brewed a permafrost IPA kit and it was on a blow off tube for about 4-5days going crazy, but this kit with more fermentables had about a 1-1.5" Krausen for about 3 days and stopped, very little bubble activity. I am planning to let it sit for longer before I take a gravity reading, but just curious because I expected this one to shoot through the roof. I pitched two smack packs of Wyeast 1056. I activated the packs but could not brew the beer for 2 days looking for a carboy, so I put them in the fridge and took them out to warm up when I started to heat water. Any thoughts?BEST ANSWER: 3-5 Days is pretty normal for most fermentations. Each batch will act differently so it hard to compare fermentations like that. From this, it sounds like nothing to worry about. Wait two weeks in primary and then continue on.Does the kit include everything you need except the priming sugar and yeast? Does it need fast pitch yeast starter?BEST ANSWER: This kit does include all of the sunbeams you will need to make it. The options for priming sugar, yeast and fast pitch are all your choice.
You will need some sort of yeast and priming sugar, but the Fast Pitch is only used if you are making a yeast starter.