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- Product Details
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 Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Dead Ringer® IPA Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1064 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.8 / 5.0292 ReviewsBrew and RepeatWe have done this three times now. It turns out a great beer.April 1, 2018Purchased
1 year agoExcellent parts kit on saleOn sale this is an excellent parts kit to use for other homebrewed recipes! I have not brewed this beer yet but will! I am however ordering several of this kit now. End of Winter brew sale or something, order any 3 kits of 6 offered in the sale and $20 each. That is a $15 savings on this kit!
Standard items used in many brews, 9lbs malt syrup, 5oz centinal hops, 1lb bries grain, all for $20 sale price!!!! Even on a 20%off sale just the malt syrup would cost me more than this kit today. So at sale price it is well worth buying several of these kits just for parts on hand to spice up other recipes.
I'm sure I will love this beer once brewed, but if not no loss in buying several kits at sale price, I can always use the parts!March 14, 2018My new IPA standard.My first time brewing the Dead Ringer. I actually expected a much stronger hop tone, especially with the dry hopping, but I think this is a great balanced IPA. My batch also turned out a bit darker than the 'normal' IPA. Several friends have really enjoyed this one.March 9, 2018Purchased
5 months agoWow! Now this is an IPAVery impressed! Came out great. Enjoy it more than the real thing.March 3, 2018Purchased
3 months agoEasy to use, still on fermenter stage one. So far so goodFebruary 21, 2018Purchased
2 months agoGreat Service and great looking kitsThis is my first experience with Northern Brewer, and I wish I had found them sooner. I have yet to brew either of the kits I ordered, but upon unpacking, they look terrific, and the instructions are clear and concise. Best of all, the customer service is immediate and terrific. When I placed my order, I realized it would arrive when I would be out of town. I emailed the brewmaster and within minutes had a response and a solution. They delayed shipping my order until I returned and it arrived in tact and on time. Great job. I look forward to brewing both this kit and my Zombie Dirt and reviewing the results.February 15, 2018A fine beer — but nothing like the description on the site.I can't help thinking NB packed the wrong malt with this kit. It brewed a decent beer but it's not an IPA, but more like a porter or a brown ale. It's tasty and strong, but nothing like a deadringer of the ipa it's supposedly similar to. Nice, but hard to recommend as it's so different from what I expected.January 16, 2018Purchased
6 months agoBulletproof!I did everything possible to screw up this brew, and it still tastes great! This is maybe my 8th NB extract kit, they've always worked well for me before, I guess I just got careless on this one.
#1 didn't stir the LME well enough, ended up with layer of burnt crap at the bottom of the kettle, and gross black chunks floating around.
#2 in bottling, my siphon hose got away from me, spilled probably a whole beer on the floor.
#3 after weeks and weeks, nothing carbonated. I have ALWAYS had good carbonation after 1 week with all my other brews. Finally I added a tsp of sugar to each of my swingtops, and BOOM carbonation in 1 week. I must have mismeasured my priming sugar (forgot to zero out the scale to account for the weight of the bowl?)
In the end, it tastes just like the description (never had actual two-hearted); a rich, sweet, malty IPA. I love it!January 15, 2018Purchased
8 months agoGood way to startI received this kit as a featured brew with my order of a starter kit. My hope was that it would be a dead ringer for Bells Two Hearted. My version didn't turn out to be anything near a clone, but it is an excellent brew and I'm enjoying it immensely. The directions were easy to follow. I believe it should be standard to instruct 3 weeks for carbonation rather than 2, but I'm still giving it a 5. I'm proud to serve and share this and pleased to drink it.January 13, 2018OK but not HeartedAfter 3 years of trying to perfect my IPA recipe I was getting in a rut. So after finding Bells and loving the "everyday session" IPA I decided to try the Dead Ringer clone kit for a change. First thing I noticed was the muslin bag for steeping the grain was way too short. The grain rested in the bottom of the brew kettle and may have resulted in some burned taste. The wort was way darker than the original brew that I was after. It turned out OK but was far short of what I expected. So the next batch I cut back the LME to 6 pounds and added some Chinook hops in the secondary. Mo betta brew. Note to NB: the bag in the kit was way too short to do a proper boil. Other than that I am OK with the quality of the kit. KEEP BREWING!!December 25, 2017Purchased
5 months ago
- Browse 35 questions Browse 35 questions and 58 answersHas 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?How many calories are in a 12 oz glass of Dead Ringer?BEST ANSWER: More calories than a glass of water, slightly less than a Big mac.Which yeast tastes better with this brew?BEST ANSWER: The yeast strains are mostly very similar so it is a matter of personal preference.What is the expected final gravity?BEST ANSWER: This final gravity for this brew is 1.012-1.015Thinking about using this recipe kit and adding pineapple to the secondary. Thoughts?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?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!What is the ideal temperature for the kegerator to serve this beer?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.Can I keep it in the primary for the full four weeks instead of moving to a secondary fermenter?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?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 BrewerI started brewing on Sunday using the omega yeast. I've followed the directions to the period. By Wednesday it clearly stopped fermenting as the bubbles stopped in the airlock. What should I do?BEST ANSWER: No need to do anything, even though it has stopped bubbling it still needs a little time to finish up fermentation. I have brewed Dead Ringer many times and I always let is rest at least a week after it stops bubbling. Hope this helps.
Mark aka Mark Madness BrewingDoes this make 1 gallon or more ?BEST ANSWER: According to the additional information tab, the yield on this kit is a five gallon batchwhere can I get that cool dead ringer pub glass?BEST ANSWER: the always-reliable northern brewer catalog, of course!!!What is the serving pressure for dead ringer iOS when kegged?BEST ANSWER: 8 psi give or take is should good for serving.What is the shelf life on the beer kits prior to use?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.BEST ANSWER: Hi Chase,
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?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.
BobbyBEST 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! :)I brewed this beer last night and had problems getting my 5 gallons to boil. Now my OG is only 1.02. Not sure if I ruined it or not. I’m new to brewing and not sure where to go from here?BEST ANSWER: Attempting to boil 5 gal of liquid at one time may be the issue. I limit my boil to 2 gal and add the additional 3 gal of water after the boil is completed. You have completed 90% of the work, I would continue, bottle and enjoy your low OG level beer with a brat and burger. KenDo you sell dead ringer in a partial Mash kit in a 2.5 gallon volume variety? I have only seen 5 gallon batches for partial mashes. Thank youBEST ANSWER: We do not sell a partial mash recipe for this beer. Cheers!Will one Smack Pack be enough without a yeast starter?BEST ANSWER: For sureWhat ahould the original gravity be?BEST ANSWER: See the brewing recipe notesHas anyone added any fruit flavors to the secondary? Thinking of adding mango to mine...looking for some insight.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. JohnPalmer 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. ThanksBEST ANSWER: I suggest using two packs and rehydrate. You can't have too much yeast.How much does it make?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, this kit makes 5 gallons. Cheers!How many calories are there in a 12 oz glass of Dead Ringer?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???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?BEST ANSWER: Bell's 2 Hearted AleIm 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?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could certainly brew the Dead Ringer with this starter kit.Why do you recommend dry yeasts in the summertime?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?BEST ANSWER: While you can still get a good beer without conducting a yeast starter, we recommend yeast starters for the best results.