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Irish Red Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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Irish ales are malty, smooth, and many, like our kit, are a rich copper-red color. Great taste, drinkability, and low aging requirements make this our best-selling kit.

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Irish Red Ale Extract Kit with Specialty Grains

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Product Details
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.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Irish Red Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.6 / 5.0
305 Reviews
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Northern Brewer Customer Service
This was my first batch of beer. I let the fermentation temp get too hot on the first day (>75 degrees fermentation temp in the basement). I didn't realize the ferment temp could be 10 degrees hotter than ambient. I called Northern Brewer to ask some basic questions about the harshness of the beer and they sent me a unrequested new kit so that I could try it again. Cool your wort well and control your fermentation temp! Thanks NB!
December 9, 2017
Great go-to brew.
In my first year of brewing... this ale turned out great and will be one I come back to regularly.
November 11, 2017
8 months ago
My favorite kit so far, Best smelling wort yet. Looking forward to enjoying the beer in 3 weeks.
November 9, 2017
2 months ago
My very first brew and I'm very satisfied. Easy to make and easy to drink.
My very first brewing experience and it was great.
I got this kit with my deluxe brewers kit as I am new to brewing, this was easy to make and the instructions were great. Brew day was easy because I got everything I needed with the deluxe brewers kit.
My OG was 1.043 and FG was 1.010 and ABV 4.3%.
2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in secondary ,Then I bottled 6 beers to see what they'll taste like in a few months and keged the rest. I purged the keg of oxygen and force carbonated it in one day after I had chilled the beer to 39*f. The first few pints were a little on the bitter side but then the rest was great and easy drinking. The malt comes through and it's a more of a Amber than a red in color but still drinkable and taste ok. (Color may have gotten darker because I steeped the grains longer. )
It seemed like the flavor got better as it sat the first week in the keg but it's all gone after two weeks. My father in law and some friends came by to try and kept coming back lol. I would like to play with this recipe and add something so I ordered it again with the Columbus sale 14.99 for 3 kits , and will be brewing later this year. I've got a porter and the festivus miracle fermenting now so it'll be a little while before I try again but it's a great beer to cut your teeth on just follow the instructions and it'll turn out good.
Great taste
Great taste
October 30, 2017
2 months ago
Excellent Beer
Not as red as I expected, but better. Perfect malt and hops
October 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
Irish Red Ale on Steroids
Try mixing this recipe with 4 lbs sugar (30 min), and 1 oz German Hallertau hops (5 min). Add 3 to 4 peeled and diced potatoes (rinsed with HOT water) to the primary bucket. Add your wort. Leave in primary for 2 weeks and in the secondary for 3 weeks, then bottle it. Wait 2 to 4 weeks after bottling. Then try it!!! (I added 4oz apricot extract on bottling day to give it an awesome after taste.)
OG=1.086 @ 60*F (NB OG 1.044) FG=1.012 ABV=9.7% @ 2 weeks(primary) FG=1.008 3 weeks(secondary) ABV=10.24%
September 13, 2017
4 months ago
Ask me in a couple months, first time on this kit.
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August 22, 2017
4 months ago
This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Your Goose Isand Porter is also excellent. Next week I am brewing Innkeeper and am very excited about it. Thanks
August 16, 2017
4 months ago
High quality extract
My first attempt at a quality extract kit turned out very well. It was easy and fast and the end product is delicious. I've always appreciated reds and this is no exception.
July 21, 2017
5 months ago
A good "meat and potatos" ale
I've brewed a few red ales from different kits and this one is the best I've tried. What it lacks in exotic fanciness it more than makes up for in easy drinkability. Give it about 3 weeks in the bottle to let the hoppier tones come out and balance the initial maltiness.
July 18, 2017
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I 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?
Joe W on May 28, 2016
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?
B E on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should finish at about 1.010-1.014.
What is the estimated ABV on this kit?
P A on Dec 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This kit finishes around 4% ABV
What temperature should I be fermenting this at?
Cameron B on Dec 24, 2016
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?
Mike L on Jul 19, 2017
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?
Bruce L on Mar 14, 2017
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?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2017
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?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2017
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 weeks
A shopper on Jan 28, 2017
BEST 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 up
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?
Jason D on Feb 19, 2017
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?
Ray L on Feb 16, 2017
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?
Andy C on Jan 31, 2017
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?
A shopper on Dec 24, 2016
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???
K A on Jan 13, 2016

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.


Can this kit be used to brew 1 gallon batches by weighing out the appropriate fraction of the ingredients?
James M on Jan 7, 2016

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:



What will the IBUs come out to be on this kit?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2017
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 IBU
Working 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?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2017
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?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2017
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?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2016
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?
A shopper on Nov 30, 2016
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?
Joe W on May 28, 2016

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!


Delicious taste but minimal head and carbonation-somewhat flat. Did anyone else come across this?
A B on Apr 16, 2016
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?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2017
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?
Roger M on Feb 20, 2017
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 drinkable
Why would my original gravity be really low? My hydrometer read 53 s.g. and 14 on brix.
Joshua T on Feb 9, 2017
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?
Humberto H on Jan 12, 2017
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 brewmaster@northernbrewer.com
My kit sat in my fridge for 6 months would it be good for brewing yet?
Steven W on May 14, 2016
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 finished
S H on Sep 12, 2015
BEST 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.

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