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- The deck is stacked with a whole lotta hops. Four of a kind, in fact – Magnum, Chinook, Centennial and Citra. And get ready for the bluff, because this session brew drinks lighter than it appears. You won’t find roasted coffee or bittersweet chocolate here, just smooth malty caramel with a touch of toast, and an intense hop presence with pine, citrus and fruity notes that stand no chance of getting lost in the shuffle. Play your cards right? There’s no way to play them wrong with this kit. Any way you brew it, you’ll be coming up aces.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Ace of Spades Black IPA Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1068 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.9 / 5.094 ReviewsExcellent beer! Love it!Brewed this beer for the first time. Just started brewing a little over a year ago and this one might be my favorite so far. Has the richness of a dark beer with the hoppiness of an IPA. Will be on my rebrew list. Thanks.February 23, 2018Purchased
9 months agoMOTORHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I DON'T WANT TO LIVE FOREVER -Lemmy K.
Picked this beer due to the fact we are Motorhead fans to the end. I cannot wait to taste this hop filled monstrosity of a brew.February 3, 2018Purchased
4 months agoBoth verisons goodI love both the LME and all grain version of this. I switch around the hop schedule with a few additions to suit myself but fantastic well balanced brew every time.December 16, 2017Purchased
9 months agoLove It!Great kit that I will absolutely be buying again in the future. If I could, I would give this one six stars.December 15, 2017Purchased
9 months agoGREAT beerI REALLY enjoy the hop character of this beer. Even though it's dark as the ace of spades, to me it's refreshing tasting and definitely not too heavy. One of my favoritesDecember 10, 2017Purchased
9 months agoExcellent - well balanced & flavorfulDeviated a bit from the recipe (4.5 gallons vs 5 - added some rye). Great flavor profile and body. Now one of planned repeats.December 3, 2017Purchased
9 months agoDark GoldBrewed this and let sit for 6 or so weeks and it was good. It has been in the bottle for 7 months now and it is great!November 24, 2017Purchased
1 year agoHands down my number oneThis beer is absolutely fantastic. Although it is an IPA, It is not bitter what so ever. Also the look is very deceiving and my father in law said "why the hell would you give me this" when I poured him a glass and he agrees this is his favorite. The beer is very hoppy with a strong hop aroma and flavor. I must say I only dabble with the relatively cheap beers, so I cannot comment on the headdy topper clone or some of the more expensive kits, but I can easily say I would purchase this at a local store for $10/6 pack. I also have no problem wolfing down a sixer in one sitting as these never seem to get old. I will say I am more of a hop flavor fan than a bitter beer fan so that may play a significant role in my liking for this beer. It also pours very clear even with only 3 weeks sitting in a primary.November 24, 2017Purchased
9 months agoThis is the one to get.I just left a less than positive review for another kit, so I feel compelled to balance that out with a shout out to my favorite NB kit of all. This beer is outstanding. The dry hop additions work their magic, and you get the perfect IPA flavor. For the price, the Ace of Spades has no equal.October 18, 2017Purchased
10 months ago
- Browse 12 questions Browse 12 questions and 30 answersWould I overwhelm the flavors if I add a hazelnut extract? I want to get that hazelnut coffee flavor mixed with the piney flavor of the hops but I don't want the flavors to outshine one another, I want them to marry wellBEST ANSWER: Suppose you could give it a try. I will say this though, this is a solid Black IPA with excellent hopping and flavor. I have brewed it twice already and it is by far my favorite. That being said, perhaps adding the hazelnut might deepen it up a little, but it would probably taste more like a hazelnut porter with a punch of hoppyness. Suggestion, maybe buy yourself a bottle if black IPA and add a touch of hazelnut just to give yourself an idea of how the flavors might mingle. Just a thought. Again, I am a huge fan of Ace, so I personally wouldn't alter this recipe too much. Hope this is helpful!I dry hopped this brew and forgot about it. Been sitting in secondary for about 4 months after dry hopping. Should I add another round of hops before bottling? Has too much time passed for the flavor to be right?BEST ANSWER: Tara-- don't know what might have happened to the flavor over 4 months....seems like a long time to let it sit on the yeast, but I'm no expert there. I brewed this a while back (and have another kit coming up soon) and really liked it. Made per the directions, it isn't overly hoppy. You get the hops in the nose, but they don't dominate the flavor like some of the lighter IPAs do. So part of your decision might be based on that-- if you want it to be pretty hoppy, then add some dry hops.
Do you have a (sanitized) way to pull a small sample and taste it first? That might be your best guide.
Sorry I can't be more helpful...good luck!Dry hopped and forgot about this brew. Been sitting in secondary for about 4 months after dry hopping. Should I dry hop again before bottling or has this sat around too long?BEST ANSWER: I would go ahead and keg/bottle. Then I would get a designated calendar that you keep for brewing. Keep your notes for when to dry hop/bottle/secondary etc. Then you can glance at this from time to time. If you have not already put numbers on your brewing bottles buckets or whatever. Then you do not get them mixed if you have multiple batches going. Ace of Spades is always a great brew and crowd pleaser.my og was only 1.060 and it says it should be 1.068 trying to figure out where I went wrong?BEST ANSWER: Hi!
I did this brew in July of 2015. I ended up with O.G. 1.072 When steeping grains I raised the temperature to 154 than put grains ln and held temperature between 150-155 for 45 minutes than removed grains. When boiling wort keep it at a low boil with the pot covered. this helps to prevent evaporation. after transfering Your wort to the fermenter take a gravity reading before adding water than add water little at time and checking each time until You get where You want to be making sure You don't go over 5 gallons.
I hope this helps You out. otherwise 1.060 is not bad. Good luckI bought & brewed this kit twice, and only after the 2nd brew did I notice that the boil schedule has the gold malt not going in until 15min left! Both times I just dumped in all the extract at the beginning and started the timer after the hot break. First time the beer was great (thus I bought it again). 2nd time is currently happily fermenting. How much better would this beer be if I had followed the instructions?BEST ANSWER: In my opinion if you are adding any sugar or extract to the end of the boil it is for boosting the ABV purposes only. By adding it early you may taste a bit more caramelization. If your beer does not come out right it would not be because of this.How much water should I start in a full boil - 8 gallon pot - to end up with 5 gallons at the end of te boil?BEST ANSWER: This will vary based on the burner you are using, but a good rule of thumb is 1 gallon of evaporation per hour. You would likely want to start with 6 gallons.I am wondering what the differences are between this kit and the Black IPA kit. They seem like they would almost be the same beer.BEST ANSWER: Hi Kelly,
Good question. Both kits are in the same style, so there are a lot of similarities. However the differences are:
(a) type of malt and other fermentables used
(b) types of hops used
(c) hopping schedule
Here are the recipes and instructions for each:
CharlesWhat should the FG of this recipe be? I ended up around 1.02 after four weeks, which seemed a bit high.BEST ANSWER: My OG was 1.076 abd FG was 1.016, which is about what I would expect. Taste was great, just finished the keg. My fermentation is usually done in a few days. Only thing I can think of is maybe you boiled down below 5 gallons. That will make the wort thicker.Does any one know the IBU rating of this beer?BEST ANSWER: Based on an online IBU calculator, if you start with a 7 gallon boil volume, ending up with 5.5 gallons, using just the boiling hops in the equation, your range should be 85 - 89 IBU’sWhat temperature is this best to ferment at? The instructions included don't give a specific range. The reason I ask is I have a fermentation cooler I made that can keep a constant temp with 2 degree variance.BEST ANSWER: Hi there,
This is dependent on the yeast. If you look at the instructions, it gives you the range for each yeast. I have copy and pasted what we say in the instructions:
DRY YEAST (DEFAULT): Safale US-05 Ale Yeast.
Optimum temp: 59–75° F
- LIQUID YEAST OPTIONS:
Wyeast 1056 American Ale. Optimum temp: 60–72° F
White Labs WLP001 California Ale. Optimum temp: 68–73° F
Hope that helps! Cheers!what do you think of drying hopping toasted coconut to this recipe? would the coconut flavor clash with the hops??? i made a coconut milk stoudt this past year and it turned out great. I thought the same thing might work with a black ipa.BEST ANSWER: yeah. It's pretty hoppy. Maybe if you lighten the hops.What should the schedule be if you want to keg. Beer has been in primary for a week & bubbling is at 1/minute. Should I transfer to 2ndary soon? Then I was planning on leaving it in 2ndary for 2-3wks, w/ dry hopping during that time. Cold crashing, gelatin & then force carbonating. So is 4-5wks total a reasonable schedule? : ) Thanks - AngieBEST ANSWER: You should give that beer, like most beers 2 weeks in primary. Then secondary for 2-3 weeks, cold crash, and carbonate. 4-5 weeks is definitely a good time frame for that beer. I hope that this helps!
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