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Dead Ringer® IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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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 Extract Kit with Specialty Grains

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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 Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1064
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
282 Reviews
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A decent IPA
Brewed this one and I do enjoy the solid Hop character of it
December 10, 2017
5 months ago
Easy to brew and drink. My husband is a big IPA fan and he says this is the best he has had.
December 9, 2017
2 months ago
I brewed one batch and let it age in the bottle about 6 weeks. And it was good so I ordered another!
November 24, 2017
5 months ago
Good Beer
This is a very good beer. I bought this during the IPA sale on national IPA day. It smells fantastic and tastes it too. My finished beer looks a tad darker than what is shown in the preview but still not different than most IPAs. Similar to some of the other reviews I actually prefer this over the 2-hearted from Bell's. It is not overly bitter and has a very nice hop aroma and hop flavor. I brewed about 10 beers so far and I think i would put this second on my list to the Ace of Spades black IPA. I simply let it sit in a primary for 3 weeks and then bottled and the beer is very clear. I will buy again (but since i'm so cheap Ill probably wait for a sale).
November 4, 2017
5 months ago
Great session beer!!
I'm just a nubbin to beer brewing. Probably around 8 batches so far. Twice for this brew, and my favorite so far. Not usually an IPA kinda guy but this beer is awesome. IPA body with a smooth finish that screams for a second. This brew was my second kegged beer. 2 weeks primary, forced carbed for 4 mins, and settled for a day. Next day, beer was awesome, and two weeks later even better. Won't last much longer. Great taste, and burns clean, no after-affects the next day. Thanks NB

(Buddy works at a brew shop and gets mad when I order from NB, so he put a recipe for me together. Easily $20 over NB. Wont be doing that again)
October 16, 2017
4 months ago
Nice, easy IPA
Excellent kit. Easy kit. No surprises. Just good beer
October 13, 2017
1 year ago
Average homebrew nothing special to me
I like it but it doesn't feel complete, it has the malt and it has the bitter but it's missing something in between and I can't quite put my finger on it. I didn't get much from the dry hop either. Mine came out really sweet too which doesn't quite fit what I was hoping, but that is more because of the extract I believe. I've brewed other extract kits from NB and this one isn't my favorite. Though a lot of other people like it so trust your instinct. I will say that I did my brew IBU calculations and it didn't match the recipe targets, but I thought that I maybe did something wrong and just went with it according to instructions. I think that I was right and I should have had more flavor hops. I've always had to adjust the bittering with the kits, I just didn't this time. But if you know how to, double check the recipe targets. I think that would bring it more in line.
September 29, 2017
5 months ago
Love Northernbrewer kits. Brewed yesterday anf it smells amazing.
September 4, 2017
5 months ago
Not done yet.
Dammed this rating thing! You just get the kit and the system wants you to rate it. At least his point, just after Brew Day my impression is.... welll...., ( I don't like beer, ya. I get the irony.) can't wait to see or taste, how it turns out. The process is simple and the product is just a delevery device., let's be honest, of ETOH. 6 weeks to consumption. Would have given it 5 stars but I'm not sure yet. Hay NB - often yiurbrating system is sent out well before we have he chance to make the final product. Just say'en.
September 2, 2017
5 months ago
Always a winner
Friends enjoy this when taken to an event.purchased many times
August 22, 2017
6 months ago
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Has been fermenting for 5 weeks, gravity has only dropped to 1.030 - has not changed in two weeks. Tried swirling and bringing temp up slightly but to no avail. What should I do? Add a new yeast pack?
Andrew S on Nov 16, 2017
What is the expected final gravity?
C H on Dec 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This final gravity for this brew is 1.012-1.015
How many calories are in a 12 oz glass of Dead Ringer?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: More calories than a glass of water, slightly less than a Big mac.
What is the ideal temperature for the kegerator to serve this beer?
A shopper on Nov 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The ideal temp. for most ales is around 38 degrees. I serve the Dead Ringer at around 40 degrees because my beer glasses are stored in my freezer.
Thinking about using this recipe kit and adding pineapple to the secondary. Thoughts?
A shopper on Jan 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Have made this several times and it's as good if not better then Bell's Two Hearted. It's hard to imagine the pineapple improving this kit, but give it a try and let us know. Maybe, restrict it to half the batch so if it does not work, at least you didn't waste the whole batch.
Step 2 of the instructions state "Collect and heat 2.5 gallons of water". What temperature do I heat it to?
B R on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is for the boil. Per instructions, the grains stay in till 170 or 20 min. Then you heat to a boil. Extract brewing doesn't require as much temperature control as all grain. This beer is a great one. Hope you enjoy!
Which yeast tastes better with this brew?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The yeast strains are mostly very similar so it is a matter of personal preference.
Can I keep it in the primary for the full four weeks instead of moving to a secondary fermenter?
A shopper on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! I have had home-brewer friends skip the secondary fermentation stage. When moving the finished product to the keg or bottles, you just would have more sediment.
I purchased the dry yeast with the Dead Ringer kit. As long as I rehydrate, can I get away with using one packet?
Aaron T on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: One packet can be enough for this beer, but it's right on the edge of requiring two. It would surely not hurt to use two. But if properly ( safely ) rehydrated, one packet ought to be enough to ferment this brew. Sprinkling it in dry will also work, and doing that eliminates the chance of wrecking the yeast with too-warm of re-hydration. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
where can I get that cool dead ringer pub glass?
A shopper on May 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the always-reliable northern brewer catalog, of course!!!
What is the serving pressure for dead ringer iOS when kegged?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 8 psi give or take is should good for serving.
What is the shelf life on the beer kits prior to use?
S O on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have stored my extract kits for over 3 months...no problem. I put my yeast in the fridge and the rest of the kit in my cool basement and have had no problems...
Any ideas why my OG was 1.071? Followed extract recipe to the letter.
T H on Apr 12, 2016

Extract kits often miss the estimated OG by a few points one way or the other. I tends to get 4 or 5 points too high myself, but I have friends who regularly get a few points too low. The amount of sugar in the malt is consistent in either case, so any variance usually has to do with the amount of water. Less water will raise the OG, more water will lower it. This can be influenced by many factors, including steam loss, which can vary from stove to stove, depending on the heat of the boil. The main thing that this will change about your beer is that you'll beer will have about 0.5% abv more.
What are the ideal temperatures for primary and secondary fermentation and bottle conditioning?
S T on Oct 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When determining the best fermentation temperatures you want to look at the yeast you selected as the optimum temps can vary. For this beer

fermenting between 62-68 would be ideal for all the choices really.
I was wondering what the IBUs are for this recipe.
Bobby B on Oct 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I chatted with a Brewmaster on Northern Brewer's website prior to purchase and was told IBU approximations are inconsistent often in kits, so they choose not to disclose them. They took my feedback they said that in the future it may be beneficial to at least add a range, though.

You can likely expect between 50-70 IBUs the Brewmaster told me. So a noticeable hop character consistent with a non-session IPA.

Hope this helps! Happy brewing! :)
What ahould the original gravity be?
Mitchell A on Dec 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: See the brewing recipe notes
Has anyone added any fruit flavors to the secondary? Thinking of adding mango to mine...looking for some insight.
Robert H on Dec 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have thought about adding flavoring to my brew but never did because l tried to add flavoring to my wine but because of the amount needed to make a difference, l chose not to even try. John
Palmer recommends rehydrating dry yeast with 2 packs. Would that be too much for this recipe? I will rehydrate either way, just. It sure on quantity. Thanks
Scott W on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I suggest using two packs and rehydrate. You can't have too much yeast.
How much does it make?
A shopper on Aug 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, this kit makes 5 gallons. Cheers!
How many calories are there in a 12 oz glass of Dead Ringer?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Probably around 210. Bells two hearted ale is 210 so a Homebrew may be slightly more but it will be roughly 210.
has anybody added extra dry hops or late boil hops that worked with this recipe?? I have 2 ounces of citra hops in my freezer. I was thinking of added both as extra dry hop or 1 oz dry hop and 1 oz late boil. Thoughts???
A shopper on Aug 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I usually add 1 oz of Columbus at 60, then 1oz of Amarillo at 5, then more Amarillo in dry hop. Citra sounds like a nice idea also.
What IPA is Dead Ringer meant to resemble?
Obie W on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bell's 2 Hearted Ale
Im purchasing the Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit as a gift and wanted to add an ipa to it. Could I use this recipe in this kit?

If not any suggestions for a good ipa for that kit?
H A on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could certainly brew the Dead Ringer with this starter kit.
Why do you recommend dry yeasts in the summertime?
A L on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Liquid yeast must be stored at a cool temperature to ensure viability. During the summer months, this can be difficult. Because of this, dry yeast are more amenable to shipping during the summer than liquid yeast.
Does Wyeast 1056 need a starter for this kit or will it ferment without any problems at the target OG?
T H on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While you can still get a good beer without conducting a yeast starter, we recommend yeast starters for the best results.
Does this kit come with bottle caps?
T H on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Dead Ringer IPA kit does not come with bottle caps, none of the recipe kits come with bottle caps besides the equipment starter kits. I hope that this helps!
What should I be expecting for F.G.?
Matthew C on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Anywhere between 1.014-1.018 is an acceptable FG

though as long as it gets below 1.020 that would be considered a finished ferment.
What is the shelf like of this extract kit?
S I on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When ingredients are properly stored an extract kit should be good for at least 3-4 months. Liquid yeast and hops should be refrigerated and all other ingredients stored in a cool dry place until ready for use. Cheers! -Tyler
Liquid yeast better or dry yeast in this beer?
M I on Sep 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The main benefit to liquid yeast is the large variety of strains available. Not every yeast can be dehydrated and a liquid strain may have qualities that the dry does not. Liquid yeast is also supposed to be a purer culture. IN this case

the liquid strains are neutral american ale yeasts with little flavor impact that allows hop flavor to shine through and the dry strain is a neutral american ale yeast that has little flavor impact that allows hop flavor to shine through.
What is the ABV for this beer?
A N on Aug 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The ABV for my Dead Ringer IPA was 6.4%.

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