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Dead Ringer® IPA BIAB All Grain Recipe 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.

All kits yield 3 gallons and include blended grain malts, hops, yeast, and complete instructions.
All-grain kits use malted grain as the base for the finished beer; in addition to familiarity with basic brewing techniques and the equipment for fermenting, siphoning, and bottling, you will also need equipment for brew-in-a-bag all-grain brewing.

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Dead Ringer IPA BIAB 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. 

Same recipe, new format - We now offer it to you in a convenient stove top BIAB format. The recipe is exactly the same and is still the same kit that’s close to your hearts - just a little smaller.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield3 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Dead Ringer® IPA BIAB Recipe Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1064
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.9 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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Best. Beer. Ever.
Words cannot describe the awesomeness that is the Dead Ringer IPA BIAB kit. All my select friends who were lucky enough to taste the end product with me have unanimously ruled that this was, in fact, the best beer I have ever brewed, the best beer they have ever tasted, and strongly requested that I brew MOAR of this golden goodness!

Kit yielded 3.5 gallons at 1.065 into the fermenter (with trub). Primary: 1 week at 65-67 degrees, secondary: 2 weeks (hops added 1 week before bottling), primed with 3 oz of corn sugar and bottle conditioned for 3 more weeks (I did taste one bottle at 2 weeks, while it was very good, it tastes even better after 3 weeks in the bottle).

Will be ordering more!

PS I only wish Northern Brewer offered more recipes in this 3 gallon BIAB format.
February 25, 2018
Great tasting IPA!
My biab batch just finished bottle conditioning and I couldn't be happier. The aroma is incredible it carbed perfectly and the taste is amazing. Very pleased and i will be brewing this again!
November 4, 2017
7 months ago
First time ever brewing a beer. I've heard good things about BIAB and this thing is off the charts. I start laughing when I drink it because you literally can't tell the difference between this and an IPA from a professional brewery. Thanks for NB for putting together and awesome kit!! Followed all the instructions to the T except used 4.75 gallons of water and used White Labs San Diego Super yeast. Some wild stuff! Will be brewing again very soon!
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June 23, 2017
11 months ago
First BIAB - Excellent
First time using BIAB. Very happy with the results! Followed the recipe except used 1 oz citra + 1 oz simcoe for dry hops rather than the provided centennial. 10 days primary, 10 days secondary. Yielded 3.5 gallons. Delicious!
December 30, 2016
Best IPA from a non IPA guy
I very selectively drink IPA's. My go to styles are Belgians, Scotch ales and stouts. When I do drink IPA's I go for DF 90 minute or occasionally dirt wolf. This IPA is very drinkable and smooth. I would say its like 90 minute with a slight edge. I plan on re-ordering the full 5 gallon kit.
December 18, 2016
1 year ago
Keeps Getting Better!
So I made this the first time, first all grain, first BIAB ever back in May and I could not believe how amazing it turned out. This time I refined a few things as I ended up with too much wort the first time around.

This time I ended up a little under 3 gallons, but topped off and left a little room for sediment. Dropped a small portion of whirfloc in during the boil which really helped to clear it up.

Fermentation I did primary about 3 1/2 weeks, then a week in the secondary dry hopped for 4 days. I start to feel anything longer than 4-5 days is really just going to add that grassy taste when the hops have already let our their oils and aromas.

Force carbed and was ready in a few days. This was for my fiance's bday party. Keg ended up getting completely finished in less than a week, the majority of it drank during the party. Everyone said it tasted like a 'real beer', and compared it to Stone IPA. I was lucky enough to have a Two Hearted Ale to try with it, very similar beer! Great Job!
Whirfloc, as well as cold crashing and a hop strainer bag for the dry hopping make it clear up!
Whirfloc, as well as cold crashing and a hop strainer bag for the dry hopping make it clear up!
November 30, 2016
So far so good.
Kit arrived as expected, brewing went well, Fermentation was agressive 24hrs after pitching and then dropped off after 3days(Using dry yeast).Still in fermenter will probably bottle in a week or so so far looks and smells delicious!
September 22, 2016
Nice IPA
Brewed this one a couple months ago and now drinking. Very nice IPA. Will most likely become a regular in my brewery, only in the larger 5 gallon batches.
May 31, 2016
Best I've brewed Yet
This was my first BIAB attempt after going from 4 Mr. Beer kits, then 4-5 gallon extract kits and this was the best beer I've ever made. Friends have said most homebrews have some sort of twang to them, but this beer tasted like it was straight from a brewery. I ended with an extra gallon of wort, so abv was lower and lighter body, still tasted amazing and I'll be making again with some adjustments.
May 3, 2016
Faster than expected
Everything was packed securely and it arrived a day earlier than they said
April 15, 2016
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For step 9 in the instructions for the Lauterong phase, is it suggesting that you would have one kettle used for mashing and another to boil? The reason it seems that way is because it says let the liquid drain into a bucket. Why not just let it drain into the kettle that you mashed in that you're also boiling in?
A shopper on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think they suggest draining into a bucket for safety reasons. I think these directions are focused towards beginner to intermediate home brewers. At this point in the process, the bag in pretty heavy and pretty HOT! I basically pulled up the bag and slipped a round grill on top of the brew kettle (wife's idea). I let it drain safely into the brew kettle.
Do I need the yeast starter for this?
A shopper on Dec 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When I brewed this I did not use a starter and it turned out great (it was my first brew). A starter wouldn't hurt though if you have the time to make one. Just my two-cents worth.
Does the mesh bag come with the kit?
A shopper on Apr 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No it does not, unfortunately. You must buy seperately (available on this site), but I have found it useful many of times so a worthy buy.
My initial mash temp was 154 and my ending was about 145. Am I losing out on extracting all of the goodness from the grain by the temp falling so low? Do you apply heat during this phase to bring the temp back up to the 152 range?
Blake A on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I do apply low heat if the temp begins to fall and monitor throughout the sacchrification process. I can't fully answer your question as I've never let my temp fall that low, but I can tell you that what you will want to calculate to figure out if your extracting all your goodness is called "brewhouse efficiency". Homebrewing dot com has a great calculator for brewhouse efficiency that you can find with a quick google search.
I have done a lot of brews using the BIAB method and have more recently dialed in what I consider to be consistent good brewhouse efficiency. When I first started using the calculator I realized that my efficiency was in the 60 percentile range, but I have now been able to get it up to the 80s and even the low 90s on my most recent brew. What has worked for me is milling my grains twice, adding 10 minutes to the sach rest, and making sure to do a good mashout. I also let my bag of grains drain well and add all of that good wort back into the kettle (and I'm not above squeezing the bag if necessary).
To maintain a consistent temp during the sach rest, I wrap my kettle with an old towel using bungee cords to help insulate.
Hope this helps!
Maybe I missed it but I did not see a FG target for this recipe. What should I shoot for?
Joe M on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I got......
1.069 OG
1.007 FG
However instead of using the bag I have a kettle with a false bottom and I sparge well.
If I wanted to brew a larger batch, could I just buy two of these kits and follow the instructions as is but just doubling the ingredients (i.e. the hop schedule, water volume, etc...)? I have a 15.5 gallon brew pot and the FastFerment conical fermenter (7.9 gallons). Thanks in advance!
Paul S on Jan 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. Just think about chilling and how long your hops are going to stay in contact with hot wort and the resulting impact on bitterness.
Making a yeast starter would probably be even more important.
Haven't done it... I use the BIAB batches for my older gear and for quick brew days. I use my newer 15 gal kettle for "full-size" batches.
Is the yeast typically sized for a 5 gallon batch? If so, do we need to pitch the entire packet - say if we used the Safale US-05 yeast?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 1 whole packet of Safale US-05 yeast would be perfect for this BIAB beer kit.
Priming Sugar - should I use 3 oz sugar for BIAB? (first time doing BIAB - used to the 5 gal. kits)
A shopper on Jan 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That sounds appropriate, perhaps on the high side considering a calculator I use. Generally when I buy these 3 gallon BIAB kits is this calculator: http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator
I recommend using 65-70 as your beer temp even if you cold crash (chilling beer in fridge overnight to make it clearer). I cold crashed a batch and reduced the sugar in one of my batches and the carbonation was too low. So simply use standard room temp as the temp for the calculator.

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