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If you don't already have an Evil Twin, you should definitely consider one: imagine the scapegoating possibilities! Homebrew figurehead, author, multiple Ninkasi Award-winner, Brewing Network host, and all-around good dude Jamil Zainasheff's sinister doppelganger is mahogany-colored, lavishly hopped, and lives in a keg or bottle, and he's only too happy to help you find your own. JZ and NB have teamed up to bring you Jamil's Evil Twin® in kit format.
A strong, deep copper-red IPA beer kit that boasts a complex malt profile but is really a showcase for hopbursting. Hopbursting forgoes the traditional additions of bittering hops early in the boil in favor of copious additions of aroma varieties late in the boil. For the brewer, the result is a significant IBU contribution as well as intense hop aroma and flavor from the late additions. For the drinker, the result is smooth bitterness in a pint suffused with a fragrant fog of hop flavor and aroma. Don't blame us if you can't stop brewing and drinking it – it was our Evil Twin.Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Note: When the brewing gets tough, the tough get brewing... Due to a severe shortage of Amarillo hops this year, Jamil Zainasheff has authorized a substitution to his usual recipe. The Amarillo hops called for in the original Evil Twin® will be replaced by Cascade hops until the next hop harvest. Brew on!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Jamil's Evil Twin® IPA All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1064 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.4 / 5.015 ReviewsBest of the BestThis is the best IPA recipe I have found on Northern Brewer. It's the beer I am most eager to offer to guests. Consistently turns out great!!March 13, 2017It's an IPA if tweaked and dry-hoppedI've made this recipe, in extract or AG, about 6 times (didn't keep notes originally). The key to making it an IPA is to dry hop it. Having experimented a bit, I use 1 ounce of Amarillo and 1 of Cascade. I also bump up the bitterness by using 1 oz instead of .75 oz at 10 minutes. It's too bitter at the beginning, but about 7 weeks after brew day, it's absolutely amazing. It's honestly one of the best IPAs I've ever had, homebrew or commercial.May 28, 2014Excellent! IPA? Really??This beer is absolutely fantastic. NB has sold this kit for years, but for some reason it is now called an "IPA". In Jamil's book "Brewing Classic Styles" (which all brewers should own), he calls it a West Coast Red Ale. it's a beautiful red color, with less hop bitterness than an IPA, but tons of late hop flavor and aroma. Delicious. And for you reviewers with fermentation issues - don't blame the kit. If you're using the dry yeast, rehydrate it first in a cup of boiled and cooled water. If you're using liquid yeast, use TWO packs or vials, or make a starter. And don't pitch the yeast until your wort is below 68 farenheit. For more yeast info, get Jamil's Yeast book.April 30, 2014It's a great drinkerMore akin to an American Red, however with the right fermentation, it's a great drinker. I used the WLP 028 on this and it has loads of character. And for this with fermentation issues, its not the kit. Skip the low rating and figure it out.June 2, 2013Wish Amarillo was available...Good beer, but I wish it would have had Amarillo like the original recipe called for. Also, I decided to dry hop after a few pours. I think it helped.May 9, 2013malty, hoppy, but not bitterI've brewed this beer twice. The first time, I used Jamil's recipe from his Mr. Malty website. The second time, I used the NB kit. Both beers were spot on to their description. The finished beer is a nice copper color and has a fantastic hop flavor as counterpoint to its considerable maltiness, but with very little bitterness. I used the Rogue Pac-Man strain both times (cultured from their Brutal Bitter). This yeast has a nice fruity smoothness that goes well w/this beer. I think that a really vigorous 90 minute boil really enhances the malty flavors. I also took about a pint of the first, really sticky runnings and boiled them down on my stove in a saucepan until the syrup just started to darken. I added this back to the brewkettle to add some more body and maltiness. Finally, I dry hopped the second batch with an ounce or so of Willamette for a week in the secondary.In closing, this is a substantial beer and just the ticket if you are looking for massive hop flavor without massive IPA bitterness.September 10, 2012Worried...then had this beerI was worried a bit because my yeast seemed to ferment faster than it normally does, But the beer came out excellent. Nice deep reddish/copper. Not quite as malty as I was hoping for, but the hops came through with excellence. This beer smelled great on the nose.September 8, 2012Not what I expectedTurned out cloudy. Finished high. Not what I expected. Won't be ordering this one again.August 22, 2012One of the best beers I've hadI can't believe I brewed this beer, it is awesome!May 4, 2011First all-grain... not dissapointed at all!This kit was my first all-grain brew. The day went well but slow of course. I got extra hops in my kit for some reason! Anyways, I fermented with US-05 for two weeks: temp controlled for three to four days, ambient for a bit, then "crash cool" to help clear it. Bottled two weeks after brew day. In the bucket, great flavor, hoppy, some chocolate. Being anxious, i sampled beers during the two week bottle condition phase. The beer tastes totally different! Almost no hop presence, lots of chocolate. But sure enough, two weeks after bottling, the hops came right back, and the beer is completely malt balanced. I don't keg and haven't dry hopped many beers, and i was hoping for a hoppy beer without either; this one is it! Just give those bottles a chance!March 9, 2011
- Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 1 answerIt says that cascade is taking the place of Amarillo, are they the same amounts?BEST ANSWER: If you look at the details part of the product page, you will be able to see that the instructions sheet has been updated to reflect the hop change. Apart from that, my guess is the actual volumes hasn't changed all that much- although there is a difference in alpha acids, the timing of the additions would suggest that the additions are for flavor rather than bitterness.
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