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John Palmer's Elevenses All Grain Kit


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Like all high adventures, it started out with a seemingly simple quest: Brew a beer worthy of our favorite characters from a far-off fantasy realm. One that would fill flagons in a shire as easily as it would stream from golden goblets in the halls of storied kingdoms. Two years, 10 test batches and much muttering of “my precious” later, we have the answer: John Palmer’s Elevenses Ale. 

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John Palmer's Elevenses All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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It is, quite simply, the One Brew to Rule Them All. Mild enough to break out before mid-day, yet fortified with notes of toasty malt and herbal hops to sustain weary travelers whenever the road goes on and on. It’s an ideal session beer - though be forewarned there are some reports that frolicking and fellowship may ensue.

Whether you’re looking to toast this year’s big winter blockbuster with a fitting brew, or simply seeking a top-notch brown ale with a taste for adventure, try Palmer’s Elevenses Ale. It’s pure fantasy, come to life.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick here for John Palmer's Elevenses All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1045
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.9 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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a LIGHT Brown Ale....keep that in mind on what to expect
This is my fault for not reading more when searching for Brown Ales. The number of star reviews and my hair trigger finger ordered this one. I didn't pay attention to the Term Elevenses which when used is referring to a lightness for the beverage. I also didn't take note how little grain there was. Ours turned out solid, but just wasn't the type I wanted. My fault there. Although we hit our target temps and ended up boiling the wort a bit longer to get back down to 5.5 gallons, it has a slight astringent taste which I know can come from a host of different possibilities. It's still very drinkable, but I don't see how we caused this since we have done many batches with very good to great results. Just keep in mind this is a very light bodied style. Cheers!
September 30, 2016
Minor league stout, major league taste
Great beer even though I goofed. Recipe calls for 0.6 oz of hops and I added the whole bag 1oz. Smokey rich malty wonderful flavor. Definitely big improvement from store bought brown ales.
July 26, 2016
Very good provided care with mash and bottling taken.
I've done a few light English browns and Elevenses All Grain is the one I plan to keep in rotation. I've had issues with this style and have wound up with over-carbonated bottles and thin, acidic flavors. 1st off, attention to my mash pH and water carbonate adjustments for the roasted and caramel malts has been essential with my soft water. I'm using Bru'n Water "Balanced Malty" as a guide. 2nd, nailing the mash temperature high enough has been essential to get adequate mouth feel. You can keg this beer as quickly as the directions say but you CAN'T bottle it that quickly or it will dramatically over carbonate after a month. I let it run 3 weeks in primary then condition in keg for 3 more weeks before cold crashing and bottling from keg. I follow the directions for toasting the oats. My main deviation is to use Wyeast 1968 instead of the recommended yeast because I prefer the strong floral noise of 1968. This is a light beer with loads of flavor that is not too thin if you get the mash temp right. It is prone to taste acidic and I adjust the mash and avoid over carbonating the final product to help with that.
January 3, 2016
A nice brown ale
I've brewed this twice now, using a couple of the recommended yeasts. It's a nice brown ale. The yeast gives a nose of fruit that follows with a whiff of the herbal hints of NB hops. The body is a muddy brown with a finish of a smoke flavor. It tastes dry to me. There is a prickling along my taste buds that could be a result of my process and not intended. Watch your mash and sparge temps.
July 31, 2015
Great with your biscuit
I can't say I got it to turn out exactly right, but I do know I got my oats a deep golden. Wonderful dryness and maltiness with a low body and light carbonation that really helps wash any food down, but dear lord, a bottle of this and a brownie is heaven. It really offsets super sweet foods perfectly without overpowering them. I imagine a heavily iced cake would be perfect as well.
February 26, 2015
Excellent brew
It canÕt find a commercial example of this style that tastes as good. I used the Wyeast in a 650ml starter and upped the hops to 0.7, using 0.2 of them FWH. My only issue was not properly toasting the oats (I was too worried about burning them). They got hot and crisp but not brown. Hit the OG exactly (a first for me as this is only my fourth all grain brew) and my FG stopped at 1.013. Bottled for 2.4 vols.I canÕt wait to brew this again with properly toasted oats.
December 19, 2014
Such a good beer!
Absolutely fantastic when properly brewed, lightly carbonated, and served north of 45F. The smoke character is in the background and melds well with darker grains. I love the Mild style, but this is by far my favorite grain bill. I will definitely be playing with the Oak Smoked malt in other beers.When I think of Hobbits, this is it. Dark, lightly smokey, unfiltered (through clear with english yeast), lightly carbonated, and low enough gravity to drink as many as your belly can hold without feeling it.GREAT BEER!!
December 17, 2014
What the doctor ordered
A perfect session beer. The ingredients were shipped fresh and were great quality. Easily the best beer I've had in a while and second only to the Zombie Dust kit as far as beer I've made to date. Will defiantly brew again.
November 9, 2014
Chocolate and a Hint of Smoke..
Easily my favorite brew thus far.... Dark medium body with lots of chocolate and a nice smokey finish. A very balanced and yet complex finish.... Drink a bit above the normal and you will not be disappointed.
January 18, 2014
The smell alone is heavenly
Just wait until you taste this, I like to lager most all my brews for a month, but this smelled so good during bottling that I just could not wait. If it tastes this good now, wow is all I can imagine for later. Thanks John Palmer & Northern Brewer for sharing this, it is an experience I will never forget.
January 1, 2014
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What is the intended IBUs? I have found alpha acids to be much lower lately and have had to make adjustments
A shopper on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have brewed this beer 5 times. One of my favorite beers. Twice the IBU was in the 30s. The other times 18-22 IBU. I enjoy it much better in the lower range. The bitterness even at 30 interferes with the overall experience of the beer. I like traditional low IBU nonhoppy British brown ales so that's where I'm coming from.

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