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German Alt Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


SKU# U1060

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Alts are a bit difficult to explain to the uninitiated - you'll just have to try a glass of coppery-brown, rich, caramelly, and bitter ale to get the idea.

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Alt refers to an old-school, top-fermented style of brewing ale rather than a relatively modern bottom-fermented lager. Altbier is especially associated with the city of Düsseldorf. Alts are a bit difficult to explain to the uninitiated - kind of like a hoppy Oktoberfest? A very malty pale ale? You’ll just have to try a glass of coppery-brown, rich, caramelly, and bitter ale to get the idea.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for German Alt Extract Kit Instructions
Regional StyleGerman/Czech/Continental
Original Gravity1052
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
57 Reviews
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Very yummy German Beer.
A very nice kit. The beer is a wonderful ale and I don't have to worry about the 58 degree lager issue. Very clear and very drinkable. Hopped just right this is a good beer to sit around and drink.
April 2, 2017
1 year ago
Great Company
Great experience with Northern Brewer, they will take good care of you. I am planning on brewing this kit this weekend but with a quick inspection it looks like a top notch kit/ingredients. Post more details on the final product to follow.
March 6, 2017
1 year ago
Absolutely inauthentic, and that's a good thing!
I have spent plenty of time in Düsseldorf, and sampled most of the varieties of Altbier that the city offers. I have to say that none of them matched this kit for its rich mouthfeel and robust flavor. It's nothing like a "real" alt -- but that's a good thing!

Do yourself a favor and brew this, but keep an eye on the fermentation temp and make sure it's cold!
January 17, 2017
Not my favorite
This is a good beer and I may have brewed it at wrong time. I did not care for it too much. Not my favorite.
December 24, 2016
1 year ago
Great Summer Brew
The amount of hops is perfect just to add a balanced flavor to a wheat beer. This is by far my favorite wheat beer I've brewed.
September 8, 2016
so far so good
just put beer into secondary fermentation. so far beer has good flavor.
June 15, 2016
Great brew.. be patient
I just got this on tap again (had it last summer). Dusseldorf Yeast. Such a great, easy drinking beer. Everyone loves it. I find that if you can wait until about 10-12 weeks it is worth the wait.
May 19, 2016
Love German alts
Just transferred to secondary and smelled wonderful. So hopefully that's a good indication of what's to come!
May 16, 2016
Best yet!
Wanted to brew this as an "octoberfest" beer but got behind schedule. Instead it became a "Novemberfest" and everyone that has tried it loved it. Will definitely brew this one again. Not too sweet, not too hoppy, a very balanced brew.
November 29, 2015
outstanding beer
This was my debut beer brewing experience and even though i screwed up and pitched the yeast in a range slightly above desirable limit and assuming that i messed everything up, this beer came out awesome and this is the first pint pulled from the keg. I will definitely be brewing this one again, i am very impressed with the quality of this kit. Cheers Northern Brewer
October 24, 2015
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What is the optimal fermentation temperature range? It is not in the instructions.
A shopper on Oct 8, 2017
- DRY YEAST (DEFAULT): Safale US-05 Ale Yeast. Optimum
temp: 59°-75° F.
- LIQUID YEAST OPTION: Wyeast 1007 German Ale Yeast.
Ferments dry and crisp, leaving a complex but mild flavor.
Produces an extremely rocky head and ferments well down
to 55° F. Apparent attenuation: 73–77%. Flocculation: low.
Optimum temp: 55°-66° F.
I ended up brewing this 4 weeks ago. It has been in the primary fermenter for 4 weeks, as I just returned from Nicaragua. I have hardly made a dent in my previous batch and need to buy myself some time before I bottle the German Alt to avoid purchasing more bottles. Can I leave it in longer, or should I move it to a secondary container? How should I proceed?
E S on Jun 10, 2016

Thanks for contacting us! I would definitively move it to a second vessel, since some of the yeast will start to die soon, and if the beer stays on the original yeast cake too long, it can eventually lead to off-flavors in the beer. To avoid these flavors setting in, you'll want to rack? (siphon) the brew out of the first fermentor, careful to leave the trub behind and into a new, clear and clean fermenter. Doing so allows the brew to settle out and condition in flavor. It also give the brewer an opportunity to clear out the beer, after racking the beer into a secondary fermenter, still more trub may form, but when racked into bottles during the final stage the beer should be less hazy and more clear than it started off.

Remember, when racking into a new, secondary fermentor, it is equally important that this vessel is clean and sanitary. Be sure to sanitize your auto-siphon, your carboy, your airlock and stopper and any tubing that may come in contact with the brew. Let me know if you could use more info!


Bought this kit a month and a half ago. I reiterated the yeast and malt and put the hips in the freezer. Will this still be good to be our is it too old?
Jeremy on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Your ingredients should still be good, although we do not recommend keeping malt extract in the refrigerator. Doing so increases the chances of its exposure to moisture, and that can spoil the extract.
I just bought this kit and it will arrive around May 9th. I will not be able to brew it until around June 6th. Is there a special way to store the ingredients? Reading the previous question has me wondering.
E S on May 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Store the yeast in the fridge, the hops in the freezer and the grains and malt at room temp in a (50-70 F) cool, dry, dark place.

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