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John Q. Adams Marblehead Lager Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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This golden-amber beer sports balanced hops and malt, noble aromas, and a clean finish.

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Brewers, patriots, countrymen: lend us your tankards. This golden-amber beer sports balanced hops and malt, noble aromas, and a clean finish. A complex but approachable mix of spicy German hops and ripe-fruit-sweet caramel malt interweave across your nose and palate from the first whiff to the last sip. An excellent session beer that still has enough going on in the glass for contemplative sipping if the mood should take you.

It's technically not an ale, but we use Wyeast's California Lager yeast in this recipe so you can ferment it at ale temps and still achieve a clean, lager-like result.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for John Q. Adams Marblehead Lager Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleGerman/Czech/Continental
Original Gravity1050
Total Time to Make6 weeks
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A New Favorite!
My favorite home brew yet! Malty and chewy and full of flavor but not over powered by any of the elements. I would say that it is very similar to a Sam Adams Boston Lager and a definate crowd pleaser. I will brew this again for sure and would recommend to anyone to give it a shot - you will not be disappointed.
May 8, 2018
5 months ago
Good brew if you like Boston Lager
I like my Boston Lager and love my Yuengling Lager.

That being said, this really hit the spot. I however messed up the brew and only added .5oz at start of boil instead of 1 oz(0.5oz one and 0.5oz another). I bet I will brew this again and that little extra bitter will enhance this recipe even more.
One odd thing was it took about a month to fully bottle condition, prior to that it was super malty even while conditioning in a 70/72 degree room.
Color: it being an extract it was a tad darker that the pictures but not by much.
July 7, 2017
1 year ago
Its great!
September 27, 2016
Great amber lager
I called it "two coasted lager" due to the California Lager yeast. I fermented at mid-to-low 50's F range and loved the result. The only "lagering" step for me will be in the keg while I try to not drink it all at once! Came out right at 5% ABV. Love it!
March 1, 2016
john q adams
Not bad, but for me, I don't have to make it again. A bit of a fruity flavor that just does bot do it for me.
October 10, 2015
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Do you recommend cooler temps for the fermentation?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Well once again it is a lager so time is your friend. Colder temps --- not really. Follow the recommendations of the temperature for the type of yeast that you are using. They are the
workers at this point and the proper temps for them will make sure they help ferment for you...
Do I have to have a glass carboy for this Brewing process? I bought the Brew Share Enjoy™ Homebrew Starter Kit. Will that be ok?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well it isn't a necessity, but since it is a lager it needs time to age. The carboy gives you that. I have glass ones and I set them on my basement floor to draw the cool of the concrete to keep the bottom feeding yeast happy. Marblehead by the way enjoys time, I leave mine in my second fermenter for 6-8 weeks then to the bottles for about 4 more weeks. It is well worth the wait trust me.
One other thing if you plan on just doing single stage or double stage aging I always cover my fermenters with a black garbage bag so sunlight does not harm it.
Hope this helps -- I will be doing Marblehead full grains next.

PROST !! :)
Any issues with kegging/force carbonation?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: None at all!

Kegging is simple and extremely useful. I use two kegs and force the beer through a filter from one barrel to the next. You can buy a filter but I actually just use a whole home water filter that might go onto a well pressure system. Once in the barrel, it can carbonate extremely quickly by simply rocking the barrel to create more surface area for carbonation. I do find the recommended pressure is too high but I think that's a matter of taste. I usually adjust the pressure to reduce or increase carbonation once the beer had fully carbonated to the recommended pressure and temperature.

Couple of suggestions:

- Cleaning the tubing can be challenging but its worth taking the time to do it well.
- I suggest marking the CO2 ball on the barrel itself so that you can quickly tell which mount is for CO2 into the keg. I use blue painters tape and a sharpie marker.
Bill - would you say it compares to a Sam Adams Boston Lager ?
P O on Feb 3, 2016

Yes, Sam Adams was the inspiration for this kit.



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