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Forget what you thought you knew about the flavors of IPA and travel with us to the south seas on the Kiwi Express! This exotic IPA beer kit uses only New Zealand hops to celebrate the southern hemisphere harvest!
If you like Simcoe and Citra but are looking for the next resiny thing; if you like in-your-face hopbursted tastebud-erasers; if you’re not among those who thinks the world doesn’t need another IPA; then you should definitely just stop reading and brew this kit.
The setup is old (West Coast-style) but the punchline is new. A big but uncomplicated malt bill plus Wyeast 1056 set the stage and then stay out of the way of the ensuing lupulin circus. Via a blend of New Zealand hop varieties, exotic flavors and aromas permeate your sinuses - sticky tropical fruit, lime oil, equatorial flowers, Tellicherry peppercorns - underpinned with an undeniable earthy funk. All senses saturated with hoppy hues of green and yellow. Massive late and dry hop additions leave nothing to your tongue’s imagination and prove absolutely ruinous to your palate should any other ale or lager be foolish enough to try to follow Kiwi Express in a tasting session.
The next frontier is the Southern Hemisphere; welcome to the candy store, kid, here’s the keys.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click here for Kiwi Express All-Grain IPA Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1061 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.7 / 5.033 Reviews"I thought I was still drinking Alchemist!!" -The Mrs.Just cracked my first bottle from this kit. With 30 days from brew to bottle, this beer really brings out the amazing sweet juicy flavor of New Zealand hops. With 3.5 oz of hops going in at 10 min, 3 more to dry hop, and a simple malt grain, this is all flavor... juicy amazing flavor.March 21, 2017Purchased
1 year agoReally enjoyed this oneI've brewed this kit a couple times, and might do a third. Very easy drinking and has a unique hop combination. It almost gives off a lime flavor. Universally liked by all who had it.January 19, 2017Purchased
1 year agoOutstanding Unique IPAI brewed this a few months ago and had too much beer around so I invited a number of friends over for a tasting. This beer was served along with the Caribou Slobber. The Caribou Slobber was barely touched and the Kiwi Express was mostly gone after one evening. It was an absolute crowd pleaser. Subtle fruit notes while exhibiting a true IPA aroma and flavor. Very very drinkable. I cannot say enough good about this.June 27, 2016Stuck Sparge - Wrong choice of 2 rowI have used a cooler kit with standard false bottoms for 10+ years of all grain brewing with all brands of 2 row and other grains, including some with slow sparge reputations with good sparge flow rates every time. Except this time when I bought this kit that uses Malteurop American 2 row pale. Perhaps the crush was not done right, but I think this grain is the wrong choice for a common all grain mash/lauter set up. I ended up using my stir spoon to agitate at the false bottom continually during the sparge and it took nearly 3 times normal to get sufficient wort and that with significant sediment. Beware using this kit unless you have equipment to handle stuck sparge prone grain, or add rice hulls to aide a free flow.February 3, 2016Great variation on standard IPAThis is a very light bodied, very hoppy, delicious concoction. I was looking for something a bit different than your standard American IPA and this absolutely delivered. It got stellar reviews from friends as well. I've never tried any of these hop varieties before but they give great results in the finished product. If you're looking for something good and hoppy but a bit different than the normal, I highly recommend trying this beer.December 1, 2015Really really good kitSecond time making this kit. First time had a 1/2 oz left over hops, this time recipe called for all. Pitched mason jar of about 28oz of 3 month old harvested wlp01 California from previous IPA. Ninety minute mash netted OG of 1.064 somehow. Yeast Cranked through in 10 days down to 1.011 for abv of just under 7%. Hop combo really creates a great nose/aroma. Medium alpha hops but really make a great beer! You won't be disappointed with this kit. Feels like a solid malt base that can be used for single hop recipes/ various yeast-that's the plan at least.October 8, 2015Truly uniqueThis recipe is utterly incredible. The brew is so refreshing and delicious. Conventional hops create a spicy bitterness. These Kiwi hops create not bitterness but herbal-ness, a tangy fruitiness but the brew is not sweet or ester-based. I did a secondary fermentation in a conical, and the result was quite cloudy. If you go that route, consider filtering. My only note would be that the color is not appealing to me, but the delicious-ness more than makes up for that. Just awesome, thank you again, NB, for a very rewarding kit.June 4, 2015Be patientI am not a big kit buyer, but I have bought this one 5 times. I'm a long time all grain brewer , this concoction is outstanding. My friends love it as well. A keg won't last a day. This beer gets better with ages, so my advice is to brew it and age it for 8-12 weeks . You will not be disappointed !!!!!!!!March 26, 2015Fantastic!This has become one of my favorite beers to brew. It has a permanent home on one of my tap handles. The New Zealand hops give it a unique flavor, which is a nice detour from the more typical IPAs I tend to brew. I add an oz of citra to the 3 oz of hops it calls for in the dry hop stage because, well, it's citra. And citra makes everything better.December 15, 2014More like Pineapple Express!Yes, just like the movie... Ok, no. This was an amazing IPA. High on aroma and moderate to low on bitterness. The fruity flavors tasted and smelled like amazing citrus and pineapple. This one went super fast and I wanted more... much more.October 29, 2014
- Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 6 answersWhen should I dry hop? 1 or 2 weeks after I rack it?BEST ANSWER: I disagree with Northern Brewer's Instructions here, but I think its widely accepted now that transferring to a second vessel creates a risk of infection with few benefits. Measure your gravity and dry hop when fermentation is almost finished. Once it reaches final gravity, keg or bottle right away. You'll want to drink this fresh to enjoy the hop aromas that quickly fade. You should be able to turn this around in two weeks if kegging and 3-4 if bottle conditioning.My directions for the all grain kit do not give the time frame for the dry hopping. Please advise.BEST ANSWER: Hello Doug,
Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! That dry hop addition should take place about 5 days prior to bottling. The time is somewhat lenient on dry hopping but 5 days prior to bottling on most beers that have a dry addition is a pretty good rule of thumb to have the optimal amount of flavor/aroma added to the beer. I hope that this helps!