Winter Warmer Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU# U1170

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This strong ale starts big and malty, and finishes with a warming alcohol note. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Minnesotans know more about keeping warm than just about anybody in the world. Our secret? It's in the beer. This Winter Warmer starts big and malty with a full body and spicy English hop profile. The flavor is complex malt with fruit, burnt caramel, and subtle chocolate, finishing sweet with a warming alcohol note. Similar to our Wee Heavy and Barley Wine kits, the Winter Warmer increases in complexity with age. A bottle makes a great stocking stuffer! Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Winter Warmer Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1069
Total Time to Make2 months
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Full of surprises
Overall, very happy with this beer. Caveats: I brewed the extract kit with a bit of extra DME (1 lb dark), because I was actually doing the whole fermentation with just WLP099 (high grav) -- essentially using this kit as a mega-starter for a barley wine (next up). The fermentation was extremely vigorous -- lost some volume there. Anyway, I was a bit disappointed with the FG (1.026), figured that dark DME was just chock-full of unfermentables.More relevant to you, however, are my tasting notes at bottling: "Taste is fine, kind of bland / mild..." Oh well.As these things go, however... an early taste-test was OK, nothing special, actually seemed a bit like a wee-heavy / scotch ale. However, fast-forward to 1 month in the bottle, and it has dried out, carbed nicely (lightly), and it has really developed an interesting nutty character. Actually I would say it is highly comparable to a Rogue Hazelnut Brown... just an excellent brown ale, not too heavy, and developing an excellent malty / nutty / refreshing profile. Drinkable on a hot August day, but it still makes me think about the crisp nights and falling leaves to come. I submitted some to the state fair, but meh, it was probably too early -- in another month this will be great.
August 15, 2016
Makes it all worth it. *****
It would be worth several failed recipes just to get to this one. I was successful with this brew (with yeast Scottish ale yeast starter) and I can't think of anything more pleasing that I have ever made (or tasted, maybe) The "warming alcohol note" at the end is really the fifth or sixth thing this beer has going on. I found it was great after 2 months bottle conditioning....because it sits in secondary for a while, I added 5 oz dry yeast at bottling. I don't know why kits never give instructions to do this (add yeast at bottling) after a long secondary fermentation...to give people better chance of ideal results. I loved this kit, I hope I can do it every November. I'm not sure what else I can say...if you can get away with legally, maybe market this as Wookie's winter warmer. It's worthy.Thanks NB for helping me discover beer that's hard to find without crossing oceans.
March 9, 2016
Aged to perfection
By far my favorite kit so far. Racked to secondary and let it be. Best choice I could have made. Give it time and it will be your favorite winter brew.
August 8, 2016
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When I brewed this the dry yeast option was danstar Windsor. What was it changed to S-04?
Scott D on Jul 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If I remember correctly this is a Northern Strong Brown Ale. Both this yeast will do well. Since you are using dry and this is a high OG ale you need to do a starter. I like to use 4 oz of Light DME to 1 litter of water and get it started on the stir plate. I would do this a couple of days before and then let it rest over night before brewing. The S-04 will give you a drier ale.

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