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- Irish ales are malty, smooth, medium-bodied, and most, like our kit, are a deep copper-red color that is created by a blend of specialty malts. Our malt blend also gives this recipe its signature toasty and sweet aroma and flavor.
Another defining characteristic of Irish Red Ales are their immense drinkability — definitely a crowd-pleasing beer. Its great taste, drinkability, and low aging requirements make this our best-selling kit.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Irish Red Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style British Original Gravity 1044 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.6 / 5.0318 ReviewsGreat Base KitWith a few small additions, you can really make this into a fantastic beer. Pretty decent as is also.April 12, 2018Purchased
3 months agoGood Inexpensive BeerAnother solid beer from Northern Brewer. I don't know why I have passed over this beer for years. Finally brewed it in time for St. Patrick's Day. Really enjoy the taste of theseApril 10, 2018Purchased
4 months agoWas the hit of the st Pattys party. People wanted to takeApril 5, 2018Purchased
3 months agogreat beermy 3rd year making this kit .easy to make and easy to drink.great fast serviceApril 4, 2018Purchased
1 month agoRed Rye AleThis turned out very good. Friends with whom we have shared liked it quite a bit.April 1, 2018Purchased
1 year agoLove it!!!Great well packaged kit. Great fresh ingredients and easy to brew. This turned out better than I expected. Will definitely brew this again as I see the bottles disappearing fast. Wonderful every occasion beer.March 18, 2018Purchased
3 months agoEasy to brewGood drinkability and taste, a little too cloudy tho, would recommendMarch 16, 2018Purchased
3 months agoSo glad I ordered from them! A great company to work with and their products are wonderful gifts for the home brewer!March 7, 2018Purchased
3 months agoSecond time brewing this one and did not disappointI liked this one so much that I just bought 4 more to brew back to back.February 12, 2018Purchased
3 months agoSimple Brew, great tasting Irish RedI brewed this extract kit, followed the instructions, fermented for 4 weeks, bottled for two and it came out perfect! Finished product came out around 5.4 ABC, plenty of carbonation. Used omega yeast while fermenting, activity was fairly active for about two and a half days and then it's settled down.
When pouring into a chilled glass it has a nice head that dissolves somewhat quick however it is still carbonated light and crisp with a nice mouthfeel when finished. Saving this 4 St Patrick's Day get-together with friends, should be a good crowd pleaser! Will brew again I am sure - Thanks NB for providing a smooth good tasting beer - CheersFebruary 10, 2018Purchased
5 months ago
- Browse 32 questions Browse 32 questions and 81 answersI brewed this two days ago. Yesterday it had a great foam on the top. This morning, when I checked in on it, it literally has no foam at all and there are no bubbles coming through the airlock. Is this batch ruined?BEST ANSWER: This batch is not ruined. The Irish Red Ale is typically a quickly fermenting beer. The yeast have consumed all of the simple sugars, and are now moving onto longer chain sugars that take more time to digest, and usually won't produce very much CO2. I would continue the brew as usual. I hope that this helps!What should the gravity be for this beer at the end of fermentation?BEST ANSWER: It should finish at about 1.010-1.014.What is the estimated ABV on this kit?BEST ANSWER: This kit finishes around 4% ABVWhat temperature should I be fermenting this at?BEST ANSWER: I've always fermented this at room temp - about 72 F - and it's always turned out great for me. I've done five batches so far.The instructions said the primary fermentation takes 2-4 weeks and secondary 2 weeks. An experienced home brewer I talked to doesn't think it will take that long. What was everyone's time from brew to bottle?BEST ANSWER: He's right - I'm an advanced once-a-week all grain brewer; picked up this kit for my old roommates to brew with them. These instructions are setup to be a catch all and overshoot on time in case there was an underpitch or lower ferment temps and it doesn't hurt to go over either. My recommendations: use dry yeast and hydrate per manufacturer instructions, shoot for 68f (i.e. place in 64f room if no temp control), leave for 7-10 days (don't bother with secondary on beers below 1.070; in fact most homebrewers just introduce oxygen when racking and do nothing positive for the beer) and bottle if fg checks out. Should be ready in 4 more. So, two weeks to cracking the first cap no problem on the lower og kits. Good luck! Of course the beer will condition in the bottle if you're worried, but I doubt you'll have trouble.What is the purpose of Secondary Fermentation?BEST ANSWER: 3 things I use a secondary for: Adds clarity to the beer as more things settle out, finishes out the fermentation, and ages the beer. Some beers are OK to bottle after 10 days. Some need to sit for a while and gain character. Hope this helps.I brewed this batch 3 days ago. So far i have saw no foam or bubbles. Is this ok, or is my batch ruined?BEST ANSWER: I just brewed a batch of Irish Ale yesterday and within a few hours some bubbling occured. I would add more dry yeast and sprinkle directly on the wort in the primary fermenter. Keep the air lock on the fermenter before and after adding more yeast to avoid contamination.I brewed a batch three days ago, so far i have saw no signs of fermentation (no foam, no bubbles in air lock), is my batch ruined or should I give it more time?BEST ANSWER: Don't trust the airlock activity. I have had multiple batches that showed little to no airlock activity. No matter how tight a fermenter seems to be, there can be leaks in the lid, in the grommet that seals the airlock to the lid etc.. Best thing to do is to check the gravity after a good week in primary. You will know if fermentation has/is occurring by the gravity value, it should be dropping from what you started with. All is well with your batch I am sure! Enjoy!My batch seems to lack carbonation. My first time with the 5 gallon bubbler. Now I have 50 bottles of flat beer. Should I wait longer. Give another try? So bummed after 5 weeksBEST ANSWER: Here's what I think, first of, I only keg beer, never bottled it, but I would try letting it sit for a couple more weeks,then test it again. If it's still flat, I would just brew a new batch. Check into kegging though. You can control carbonation with ease. And the beer won't go flat over time as long S it's refrigerated a new the c02 is hooked upI am new to home brewing and want to if it is possible to adjust the % alcohol? My first batch was the Irish Red and it turned out great - just needs a little more kick.BEST ANSWER: If you are using liquid yeast, try making a yeast starter. It will give you more yeast cells, and added fermentation, therefore more alcohol. Be careful about adding more sugar- it's already a sweet beer, and will become too sweet with added sugar. Just try in enhance the yield with more active yeast cells, and let it ferment for a little longer than the stated 4 weeks. It won't spoil if you let it stay in the fermenter for an extra week.I brewed my first batch ever three days ago. I have not saw any sign of fermentation (no foam, no bubbles in air lock). Do I have a bad batch?BEST ANSWER: Don't trust the airlock activity. I have had multiple batches that showed little to no airlock activity. No matter how tight a fermenter seems to be, there can be leaks in the lid, in the grommet that seals the airlock to the lid etc.. Best thing to do is to check the gravity after a good week in primary. You will know if fermentation has/is occurring by the gravity value, it should be dropping from what you started with. All is well with your batch I am sure! Enjoy! Enter an answer to this question.I moved my brew to secondary two days ago. Checked on it today and found that my airlock had popped off. Is that a big problem?BEST ANSWER: Sorry this is so late, but for future reference...
I would finish the ferment. Wash off and re sterilize the airlock, seal it back up, check on it often. If the ferment is going vigorously enough to pop the top, it's got a good robust colony going, which should fight off lots of infections. Or, you might end up with something that's different but still delicious. Worst case, it tastes bad after a couple weeks, and you decide then to abandon it.I read that this one comes in at 4% abv. Mine is arriving by mail tomorrow, and I am wondering if anyone has added corn sugar to the mix to increase the abv. Is it advisable for this kit? suggestions?BEST ANSWER: I don't like adding corn sugar because I don't like the flavor corn sugar produces. I would suggest adding more dme or reducing added water to your fermentor. some of the best brews ive made were from almost doubling the dme. I always use a yeast starter but you can always double pitch your yeast for the higher abv.What temperature should I ferment this at?BEST ANSWER: Room temperature... about 70~75 worked for me.Hi there, so we just made our second batch of the irish red and we thought we remembered hearing the bubbles within that 48 hours of brewing. This time...we haven't heard any and its been about 72 hours since brewing. This may have been a stupid question, but is this something to worry about or not???BEST ANSWER: Hi Kat,
Sorry to hear about that! 72 hours isn't unheard of, so I wouldn't panic yet. What kind of a fermentor is it? Can you see the foam on the top of it? If it's in a bucket, go ahead and pop the lid. If you see them foam, then the fermentation is going fine, and the co2 is just escaping elsewhere. Airlocks are notoriously deceptive!! They can bubble when there is no fermentation, or they can go inactive during fermentation. If you have a hydrometer, that is a much more reliable indicator of fermentation.
Even if the fermentation is stalled, you can pitch more yeast to get it going again. But in the meantime, the wort will keep.
CharlesCan this kit be used to brew 1 gallon batches by weighing out the appropriate fraction of the ingredients?BEST ANSWER: Hi Jim,
Not really, since the specialty grains are blended together. You probably would not maintain the correct ratio if you measured it out. However, we do actually sell a 1 gallon version of this kit:
CharlesWhich yeast should I choose?BEST ANSWER: NB gives you yeast options when purchasing. I have used both the Wyeast option in colder times of the year, and the Nottingham dry yeast option in warmer times of the year. Both worked well for me.What will the IBUs come out to be on this kit?BEST ANSWER: IBU's will depend on how long you boil the hops but if you follow the recipe it's similar to public houses Flynn's irish red which has about 20 IBUWorking on my first batch. When I do the secondary fermentation, should I be adding more yeast? My kit only came with one packet and the instructions don't say anything about adding anything at that time. I guess I'm confused about the Secondary Fermentation. What does it do, if nothing is added?BEST ANSWER: Hello, there is no need to add more yeast to secondary "fermentation". For the most part, secondary fermentation is for the sake of conditioning and clearing your batch after primary fermentation. There have been times when after transfer to secondary a batch or two has dropped a few gravity points, and that is because there is plenty of yeast suspended in the beer to consume what fermentables were left from primary fermentation, (this has happened on higher OG gravity worts, around 1.065 and above). If you are sugar priming your batch at bottling time, there will be no need to add any yeast either, there will be enough yeast left for bottle carbonation. Assuming you are not using secondary for an extensive period of time, (more for sure then the recommended schedule on the instructions I received with my Irish Red kit), there will be enough yeast to consume the sugar in the priming schedule. Happy brewing! I am sure this will be the first of many batches for you!What is the shelf life of the unused kit?BEST ANSWER: Well all the ingredients are vacuum sealed so i'd say at least 5 years.If I wanted to do this as a full boil should I reduce the hops? Do you reduce quantity or boil time or both?BEST ANSWER: I did a full boil and did not reduce hops. And used full boil time came out great.I brewed this one last Friday (11/25/16). The fermentation started within 15 hours and everything seemed fine. Within 2 or 3 day the foam cap subsided but I could see things happening. It appears everything had kinda stalled out now. My temperature hasn't dipped below 68 degrees. Any thoughts? Have I lost the batch?BEST ANSWER: I think your batch is fine. Be patient, all good things take time. Generally all the serious bubbling is done in a couple of days. As long as your airlock is still good your batch should be fine.I brewed this two days ago and when I looked at it yesterday morning there was a good foam on the top. This morning when I looked at it before going upstairs there is no foam at all and very little bubbles coming through the airlock. I've never made this before, but it doesn't seem right. Am I crazy?BEST ANSWER: Hi Joe,
That does not sound unusual, you probably just had some healthy yeast. As fermentation continues and there is less and less sugar, it is normal for activity to slow down. Let me know if you have any other questions!
CharlesDelicious taste but minimal head and carbonation-somewhat flat. Did anyone else come across this?BEST ANSWER: I had a similar issue and the color was more towards the brown than amber side. I have been brewing for awhile, but chalked this up to Brewer error. I have saved a few bottles to see if time will improve the carbonation issues.I brewed my first batch of Irish red over the winter... (first beer I've brewed in years) I put three gallons in a keg and bottled the rest... At first I thought it tasted pretty good but it seemed to have an odd aftertaste which I thought was just some residual yeast flavors but after letting it age it actually seems more pronounced... I thought it was perhaps oxidized from the kegging but the bottled beer also has the same... my wife seemed to think it tasted like cloves... I have another batch ready to keg now, hopefully it was just a one time thing. I followed the directions to a tee and sanitized everything with star san... what would cause this?BEST ANSWER: Perhaps a wild yeast strain: which would indicate an infection. Unless of course you used a hefe yeast strain which would be typical for the style. I wish I could post my source, but google will produce an excellent resource to identify off flavors in brewing.What is the ibu rating for this beer?BEST ANSWER: I would say it is a very smooth beer very mild not bitter at all I enjoy it very much it's got a good flavor and very drinkableWhy would my original gravity be really low? My hydrometer read 53 s.g. and 14 on brix.BEST ANSWER: When boiling your wort - did you follow the instructions? How much water did you add to your wort? It almost sounds like the answer to these questions might help answer yours - I've never had that happen and I've brewed a couple of batches of the Irish Red.I think this beer is i little flat!!! can i do somenthing for making it better?BEST ANSWER: I am sorry to hear that you didn't love this beer. We are happy to troubleshoot a brew through Customer Service. Please feel free to call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgMy kit sat in my fridge for 6 months would it be good for brewing yet?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it should be fine. The extract kits have a shelf life of 6-9 months.I'm not sure if my batch is finished fermenting. I had it in my g1 gallon glass carboy with a airlock for about 4 days it stoped bubbling is it finishedBEST ANSWER: An airlock is an unreliable indicator of fermentation activity. When in doubt
check it with a hydrometer
it could have done the majority of its fermenting in 4 days easily so I would not be concerned. Proceed as normal per the instructions.