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Dead Ringer® IPA All-Grain Kit


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Dead Ringer® is an homage to a benchmark of the American IPA style that’s brewed in Michigan. American base malt and crystal malt create the big body and supporting grainy sweetness, while charge after charge of 100% Centennial hops deliver pronounced bitterness with a dominant citrus aroma and flavor. In the glass you get a pale amber color, hop intensity and malt density - substance with the soul of a session beer. This IPA recipe kit has been a customer favorite for over a decade.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Dead Ringer IPA All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Dead Ringer® is a larger-than-life American IPA beer kit with a hop aroma so thick you can almost see it. American base malt and crystal malt create the big body and supporting grainy sweetness, while charge after charge of 100% Centennial hops deliver pronounced bitterness with a dominant citrus aroma and flavor. In the glass you get a pale amber color, hop intensity and malt density - substance with the soul of a session beer. This IPA recipe kit has been a customer favorite for a decade

Dead Ringer® is an homage to a benchmark of the American IPA style that’s brewed in Michigan. 

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Dead Ringer® IPA All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1064
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
57 Reviews
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Nice IPA
My IPA friends like this kit I brewed. My impression is that it is pleasant to drink without being overly hoppy. I know some individuals like it more hopped and if that is the case I would add more late additions hops than what is provided. I did my dry hopping during secondary fermentation. Maybe one day I will dry hop I he keg but I get concerned about clogging up my draft system.
February 26, 2018
8 months ago
Always on tap!
My go to IPA. Guest favorite! Brewing again this weekend and always have it flowing! Just right IBU level.
November 29, 2017
4 months ago
This was a huge hit at our house. We loved both the taste and the aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty awesome as well.
September 22, 2017
8 months ago
You will buy more guaranteed!!!
I've made this kit 3 times and it is fantastic. Centennial is a favorite of mine, so this beer goes down easy. Sometimes I will backload my hops for less bitterness ( for my non hoppy friends)
September 22, 2017
8 months ago
missing hops!
Hey, things happen - no worries at all!! I called and spoke to Todd Jackson, my hops were shipped that day - received replacement hops 2 days later....with a signed note from Todd apologizing for the inconvenience! What GREAT customer service, gotta love NB!
Braesview Brewers
Pearland, TX.
September 14, 2017
8 months ago
The name say's it all !
It's called 'Dead Ringer' for a reason - believe me - This top brewing selection holds it's head high, pun intended. And below that is an impressive IPA that that can boast about it's balance of mouth feel and smooth infusion of hops and rich malty flavor that give this brew a true IPA character. I do make one little change though based on my affinity for Simcoe hops that I use in the initial stage and also in a dry hop stage. It's malty and spot on for an IPA, that's why it's named Dead Ringer after all.
May 23, 2017
1 year ago
Solid but not very hoppy
Brewed this beer and it came out smooth, clear, and very drinkable. It would totally be a 5 star beer for me if it were hoppier - I thought that with the large number of hop additions this one would fit the bill but it fell a bit short. Tasted more like a pale ale to me.

Still solid. A great brew for people who like a middle of the road IPA that doesn't overwhelm with hops.
March 13, 2017
1 year ago
Delicious IPA - Standard in my keezer.
I have made this recipe several times and it has always turned out great.
There are a couple of pales that I try to keep on tap all of the time. This one is almost always present.
Not a hop bomb as some IPAs can be.
Just a very pleasant experience in a pint glass.
February 24, 2017
over 2 years ago
love it, and brew quite regularly
great middle of the road IPA not over the top bitter, really like the hops in this kit pure centennial Mmmmmm
January 6, 2017
Questionable quality, Horrible customer service
I purchase three kits including Ace of Spades and Grapefruit Pulpin. Ace used Briess 2-row while Dead Ringer and Pulpin used Rahr. I have never had an issue with my mash PH and while Ace was dead on (5.25-5.3) the kits using Rahr had a PH of 5.7-5.8. Ruined my efficiency and created a lack luster beer. I used the same water, strike h20 temp, grain/h20 ratio, chemistry, etc... To top it off when I brought this to Northerbrewer's attention, I was told the grain is fine and to add chalk. Unless I'm crazy I was told CaCO3 will raise the PH. And they never responded to my follow up emails. Like the title says questionable quality, and horrible customer service. Will not be buying kits from here again.
December 14, 2016
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What is the F.G. target on this one and which liquid yeast do you recommend and why? (Learning)
D A on Dec 12, 2015

The FG should be in the range of 1.008-1.014. As for yeast, we recommend either the Wyeast 1056 or WLP001 California Ale yeast from White Labs. The reason is that both of these yeasts ferment pretty cleanly, lend almost no yeast character or flavor, and let the malt and hops (especially the hops) drive the beer.

Hope that helps!


What is the final gravity?
A N on Jul 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That will depend somewhat on how well you hit your mash temps and yeast health. But a good number would be around 1.016 or roughly 75% attenuation.
Will it be ok to let sit in secondary for a longer time?
Frank F on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Personally I see no problem with leaving in secondary as long as temp is controlled. I would just add dry hop 5-7 days before you keg or bottle. Wouldn't want to leave dry hop in for too long. It would give more time to clarify.
just to clarify. For dead ringer ipa boil additions. Is it a 60 minute total time boil putting in centennial right at the start of the boil, and than add centennial when you have 20 minutes left and again the last 5 min. of the boil. In fact, are all your kits set up like this.
Dennis K on Dec 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yesi followed the deadringer ipa As per instructions . I dont always brew this way , i mix it up some partial grain, some extract. And when the weather gets nice the garage isnt too cold i do all grain in the garage. Partial and extract i can do in the house in the winter
I'm new to all grain brewing and my question is, how do I determine the amounts of water required for all grain, 5 gallon batch? I didn't see that detail in the recipe.
R I on May 6, 2016
there is a formula floating around that I have used to tell you the minimum mesh water required. If you take the weight of the grains in lb and multiply it by 1.1 you get the quarts of water needed. So divide that by 4 and you have gallons.
In my experience this is usually the minimum amount you want.
You need to know that the grains will soak up a lot of the water you out in your mesh ton. I usually use about 4 to 5 gallons of water to begin. This gives you plenty of room to add water to increase you wort temperature to 170 F at the end of the mesh out. And it leaves space to do a nice rinse when you have drained our wort to get the residual sugars I the grains.
Sorry for the late reply but I hope I could help.

Is yeast included in the base price of the kit, or do you have to purchase it at an additional cost?
B H on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The base price of the kit is $41.51. Yeast and priming options are selected by default to bring the kit to a total of 46.99. The yeast and priming options can be changed, and this will alter the price of the kit as a whole.
I brewed this all-grain kit. Two weeks in primary. Two weeks in secondary. Tasted amazing coming out of secondary! Bottle conditioned 3 weeks. Popped the cap on one and...overwhelming esters! Really unpleasant. What happened?
Kenlyn F on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If by esters you mean astringent, and given your experience, perhaps your bottles weren't sanitized well? Did you try a 2d or 3rd bottle?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used a GF for this kit. It worked well.
In IBrewmaster, The all grain recipe has an OG of 1.053 with 11 lbs of 2-Row and the recipe that comes with the kit showing 1.064 OG. Adding 2.5 lbs of 2-Row gives me the 1.064 OG in IBrewmaster. Why does the kit not come with 13.5 lbs of 2-Row. I do get the OG of 1.053 with the 11 lbs of 2-Row from the IBrewmaster recipe. Is this a typo error on the recipe?
Chris R on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: First time I brewed this beer I had 1.053. Second time I brewed it I hit 1.064. I did not add anything new, but by the second time my efficency had gone up. Course I brew for the taste and this is a good recipe, so if my numbers are off a bit I dont get stressed, after all this is suppose to be fun.
Since it recommends using a starter yeast, would you use the US-05 or buy one of the liquid yeasts offered? Thanks
D E on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Dean,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! You can do a yeast starter with either the dry or liquid yeast. Both liquid and dry yeast will give basically the same flavor profile and attenuation. Personally I would just go with the safale dry yeast!
I brewed this all-grain kit. Two weeks primary. Two weeks secondary. Tasted great coming out of secondary. Bottle conditioned for three weeks. Popped the cap and...overwhelming esters. Tastes so different—quite unpleasant—than before bottling. What gives? I’m meticulous about sanitation, too.
A shopper on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Temperature is too high somewhere in your process. If the esters appeared after going into the bottle, I'd have a look at your temps during bottle conditioning.
Can you make a non-alcoholic beer from this kit? If so, how?
A shopper on Oct 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: While there are techniques one could use to remove some of the alcohol from homebrew, alcohol-free is not possible on a homebrew scale.
Could these be double milled for BIAG?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used a BIAB setup with this kit milled as-is and was able to hit OG using the mash schedule provided.

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