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Karl's Ninety 90 Shilling Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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Pouring garnet-amber with long legs, the nostrils are bathed in boozy praline, piloncillo sugar, pecan, and resonating malt. Somewhere in between an 80 /- and a Wee Heavy.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Karl Engebretson (whom many of you know through our catalog covers and ads in BYO and Zymurgy) is a certified Giant Norwegian with a taste for similarly-proportioned beers. We have found he has a way with Scottish ales, and this is his 90 /-. Somewhere in between an 80 /- and a Wee Heavy, ninety also refers to the length (in minutes) of the boil. This additional time spent on heat intensifies the beer’s color and adds depth and breadth to its malt profile. Pouring garnet-amber with long legs, the nostrils are bathed in boozy praline, piloncillo sugar, pecan, and resonating malt.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Karl's Ninety 90 Shilling Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1066
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.6 / 5.0
32 Reviews
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Nice big beer
A favorite among our homebrew group. As soon as the keg is empty the questions about the next batch start.
December 31, 2017
5 months ago
Good brew...but not great.
Everything brewed according to recipe. As usual, the recipe was easy to follow and the process predictable. I have done about 8 or 9 NB kits and they have never failed me. What also hasn't failed me is the customer service, I will say. Now, the beer....

Popped my first one at 2 weeks in the bottle and most recently had another at about 7 weeks in the bottle. I have not noticed any real change in that time. The final product is certainly a drinkable brew. It's got a mild sweetness to it, with some light biscuity and bready notes. I also get light caramel and corn. But I am a little disappointed in the malt bill. I expected a much deeper and full outcome. The mouthfeel is very light and the color, while pretty dark, is not representative of what it ends up tasting like. Not hating on it...just not anything too special. If I do this one again, I will probably tweak it by adding some more caramel malt.
April 18, 2017
1 year ago
I made this, It was good after three days in bottle, I guess it gets better with age, Mine never made it. Get it, brew it, drink it, Its that good.Irish and Scottish ale is the best.
November 19, 2015
October 7, 2015
it drinks like an excellent dubbel
I tweaked this a little with an amber dme reduction boil (2Q + 1# dme boiled for 90 mins) ala pseudo decoction. I used wlp028 with a 2l starter made with amber dme... dumped it all in. kept temp at 68-70f and the thing went nuts! blow off airlock required! let it sit for nearly 4 weeks before bottling..sampled trub bottle after 2 weeks. it is malty, caramelly slightly sweet upfront. then comes a hint of banana esters (??) which get stomped on by red delicious apples. it's heavy and warming and I am totally pleased.
July 30, 2015
Excellent flavor, but takes time
This brew is very good. It has a great, silky malt flavor to it with a substantial boozy kick that mellows with age. I made a yeast starter with the Wyeast 1728. It sat in the primary for 3 weeks (~68 F), secondary for 4 weeks (~70 F), and then bottled. It took a few weeks to carbonate properly and still tasted green a month out. After about 2 months in the bottle this beer turns sublime. It will cellar very well. OG=1.068 FG=1.014 ~7% ABV
June 11, 2015
First rate brew!!
I was looking for something to compare with Odell Brewing Co's 90 Shilling Ale. FOUND IT! Set up a blind taste test and no body could tell which was which. Most picked the home brew. Did not vary from the directions, used the Wyeast 1728 Scottish. Three wks in primary and 4 wks in secondary, kegged and enjoying it. Great creamy foam and taste. I highly recommend this.
February 24, 2015
I was expecting good things after experiences with other NB kits and the reviews for this one. Karl's 90 met every expectation and more. I used the Wyeast pack and ended up leaving this in the fermenter for 6 weeks. After another week in the keg it's already one of my favorites out of 20+ brews. Just what I like to counterbalance the glut of hop bombs out there, this is a balanced, clean, surprisingly complex beer. Stands up to or surpasses the commercially available Scottish Ales I tried prior to tapping the keg. Will definitely fire this one up again in the fall.
February 17, 2015
Aye! Ahts goot!
this product description, is astoundingly accurate: "Pouring garnet-amber with long legs, the nostrils are bathed in boozy praline, piloncillo sugar, pecan, and resonating malt."Bottled only just under 2 weeks ago ... it's nicely matured, and complex ... just as described above. EXACTLY!Excellent!Oot ta git ya bladdered n blootered! Gie it laldy!
April 29, 2014
outstanding brew
This was my first scottish ale and first beer I kegged. Used the 1728 yeast and re used it on the wee heavy! 2 weeks primary and 6 weeks secondary then kegged.Very complex, malty toffee with a slight hint of hops.Alcohol was noticable but faded over the weeks. It just kept getting better every week ! Will be a repeat for sure but have so many others to try first. Thanks guys
March 18, 2014
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What all comes with this kit?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One of my favorite brews! Box comes with liquid extract, grains, the hops, yeast and bitters you need plus the muslin bag for steeping grains. Need to make sure you order the sugar for bottling separate. Also comes with step by step instructions for a great brewing experience!!
Do you know roughly what the ABV is?
K E on Jan 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While the final ABV can vary this kit usually clocks in around 6% - 6.5% ABV.
Does 69-73% attenuation of Wyeast 1728 mean there will be high FG?
JackSmi on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The 69-73% attenuation of Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale does lead to a higher FG than you would get from yeasts like 1056 American Ale but it's appropriate for the style of beer, which tends to be maltier.

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