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- Styled after southern English brown ales, our Nut Brown Ale kit is a great all-around beer: it's easy to brew (its dark color and rich flavor make it forgiving of mistakes), it's mild enough for light beer drinkers, but characterful enough for more experienced brewers and beer lovers. The finished product exhibits a deep copper color, fruity/caramelly flavor and aroma with toasty, chocolaty notes; and it tastes great after just a few weeks.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style British Original Gravity 1044 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
- 4.5 / 5.0279 ReviewsGood every timeThis is a NB kit I keep coming back to as it's frequently offered as part of their promos. I picked this one up on their Columbus Day sale, so it's hard to say no to 5 gallons of beer for $14.92. I used Wyeast 1098 and added 1 pound of honey at flameout and 8 oz. of light brown sugar with 10 minutes left in the boil. I went 2 weeks primary and another couple in the secondary with this one and primed with just over 1/3 cup of corn sugar. Three weeks after bottling I had a nice, smooth, slightly sweet, mellow brown ale that came in at 6.2%. I've also done this kit by adding a pound of light DME and a pound of honey to it. I always use 1098 with this one. It's a fun kit to experiment with. Cheers!April 2, 2018Purchased
6 months agoNever again.Missed the mark. Won't go back for this one again.January 25, 2018Purchased
10 months agoNut Brown Alethis ale was very easy to brew. we shared this brew with some friends and most like it. we mostly brew IPA but this was us trying something new and liking itJanuary 23, 2018Purchased
6 months agoMy go-to brewThis was one of the first kits that I brewed when starting out. I liked it so much that it almost always falls in my yearly rotation, and my dad likes it so much it is almost all he brews anymore. It's also a great gateway "dark" beer if you have friends that are afraid of stepping out of their domestic beer box.January 3, 2018Purchased
over 2 years agoMade it yesterdayEveryone likes it and it's easy to make. For a bit more robust beer, either reduce the water by 10% or increase the extract a bit.December 24, 2017Purchased
1 year agoAdded a touch of molasses . . .Excellent recipe. I added 3/4 cup of molasses to the recipe and it came out very smooth and robust. Would recommend to someone looking for a nice smooth cold weather brew.November 27, 2017Purchased
6 months agoMy first time brewing !!!! And i brewed a Nut Brown Ale !!!I liked the nut Brown ale , however I'm new to home brewing and found the instructions not clear at times. I had some confusion however I am new to home brewing and will have a better idea of what to do next time.the beer did turn out okay thou.November 27, 2017It had a very strong banana flavor which was nice but the beer was lacking the body or mouthfeel that I would have liked to go with the flavor. Iâ??m going to brew it again since I have two packs and see if I can resolve the lack of body.November 8, 2017Purchased
6 months agoNo NutsI've been told by a friend to leave Nuts and fruits out of my beer, but there are no Nuts to this nice, malty brew. A personal fave despite the IPA trendybopsOctober 13, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoCarbination was offThe brewing process was very simple and easy to follow. However, once the 2 week bottle conditioning time ended I found that I did not have a decent carbonation in the batch, even though I followed the direction of 2/3 cup of priming sugar with 1 pint of water. I would order this again and increase the sugar next time.September 18, 2017Purchased
9 months ago
- Browse 23 questions Browse 23 questions and 56 answersI just started brewing. The kit instructions say to add half of the yeast packet to the wort, but the instructions in the yeast packet says rehydrate the yeast first. Which is correct?BEST ANSWER: I have added the dry yeast directly to the wort and I have rehydrated it first before adding it. I can't honestly say I can detect a difference between the two. I would't get too worried about it either way.Hi, what grains come with this kit?BEST ANSWER: This kit includes our Maverick Grain Blend:
- 0.25 lbs English Chocolate Malt
- 0.25 lbs Belgian Special B
- 0.25 lbs Belgian Biscuit
- 0.25 lbs Briess Special RoastNewbie here, does the Nut in Nut brown infer this contains nuts? I don't see any mentioned in the kit, but I have a nut allergy in my house. Thanks!BEST ANSWER: No, Nut Brown is just a flavor description. I have made the all grain version of this kit and it only contains malted grainWould making 6.5 gallons with this 5 gallon Nut Brown Ale recipe distort the flavor too much or would it just lower the final abv?BEST ANSWER: Well, I am not a purist by any means so I have varied the amount of water quite a bit and it doesn't seem to effect the flavor so that I can tell. I always add about 10 oz of honey to mine which brings up the abv slightly. That said, You will want to leave enough room in your bucket so that the foam doesn't come out the air lock.. Good luck, and ENJOY! :-)I am fairly new to brewing (I have done a batch of Irish Red Ale and a batch of Nut Brown Ale, which both turned out OK, and currently have a batch of Caribou Slobber in primary fermentation). I am looking at some of the more technical aspects now, and so have started measuring specific gravity. I understand how many variables affect the final gravity of the beer, but for a given recipe, shouldn't the original gravity be fairly well determined?
The Nut Brown Ale recipe states an O.G. of 1.044, but mine measured 1.038. The Caribou Slobber states an O.G. of 1.052, but I only measured 1.040. I followed the instructions very carefully as far as boil times, temperature, etc. Is there something I could be missing that is causing low O.G. values?BEST ANSWER: There are several reasons this could happen. From my experience this occurs most often when I add water to the fermenter to reach desired volume and it wasn't mixed well enough.
This could also occur when adding water if there was too much wort left in the kettle.What else do I need to brew this beer, in terms of equipment?BEST ANSWER: You will need a vessel large enough to boil the wort. I use a 6 gallon pot and do a full volume on a turkey fryer gas unit. I think the directions state that you can use a smaller container and add chilled water to bring the volume up to,5 1/2 - 6 gallons. You will then need a fermenter to ferment the wort in. You can get any of a host of primary fermenters including a 6 gallon bucket or a 6 gallon glass carboy. If you decide to rack the beer into a secondary fermenter (5 gallon) you need a second bucket or carboy. Some of the primary fermentation volume contains spent yeast and is not siphoned into the secondary container resulting in a decrease in volume. After secondary fermentation, you will need a bottoming bucket and the necessary bottles, caps and capper if you are not Putting the beer in a keg. I forgot, but you also need a thermometer during the boiling period to let you know when to add the grains.
Of course you need an accurate time piece to time the cooking of the mash.
Try it. It is easy and a lot of fun.
I can recommend the kit from Northern Brewing as a good starter kit.First timer here. Sorry if this question is lame. Once the kit arrives, how long will the ingredients last? Do I need to make the beer right away?BEST ANSWER: No. Just put your yeast in the frig. If dry yeast it will last quite a long time. Just keep everything else in the box in a cool dry fairly constant temperature place. I have bought several kits at a time to get a good deal & not made them until 6mos later with no problems. I usually don't wait that long but life happens. I think you can wait quite abit longer if stored properly.Is this a real hoppy beer? Does anyone have a IBU rating?BEST ANSWER: Hi James,
No, this beer is not super hoppy, it is definitely balanced more towards the malty side. It's only about 15 IBU's.
CharlesThe directions state that I am supposed to add cold water to the wort when I put it in the fermenter. Is this cold water supposed to be treated or sterilized in any way?BEST ANSWER: I've added untreated tap water, according to what I believe is okay to do and based on 2 batches has not affected the quality of the quality of the brewI am looking to brew a lager and currently have have this kit, the Irish Red Ale, and the SMASH American Session Ale on hand. Which one, if any, would make a decent lager?BEST ANSWER: Greg
The Irish red Ale would be the best choice for a lager fermentation as amny commercial examples are made with lager yeast.
ChrisIs it possible to get dry malt extract instead of the liquid extract the kit comes with?BEST ANSWER: Id assume its possible, but youd most likely have to order the ingrediwnts seperately. There are both positive and negative things with that. One, on the good end, you can add more or use less of whichever ingredient you like. On the negative. You can typically only order in certain quantities... so you will most likely have leftover.what is the preference of dry yeast to liquid yeast?BEST ANSWER: Personal preference. Dry yeast has more yeast cells per packet, so it doesn’t usually require a starter. It can also travel through cold and hot temperatures. Liquid yeast has to be maintained at certain temps, often requires a starter, but their are more options of different strains in liquid form. So if you’re looking for a specific strain of yeast, it might only be in liquid form. I’ve made several batches of the nut brown using the dry yeast and have never been disappointed.Just brewed yesterday! I'm wondering if giving it an additional 2 weeks (transfer to carboy) would harm the finished product? How about adding coffee at the transfer? Appreciate the feedback. Happy brewing!BEST ANSWER: A little late to the game here but I would caution against using coffee in this recipe. It's not an overly strong flavored beer (but it is VERY good), so I think coffee would likely overpower it regardless of how much you use.I made this kit on Friday night and it was foaming on Saturday like it should but by Sunday and today it’s already settled and the foam is pretty much gone. Shouldn’t it have fermented longer as it seems it’s already done. I just made a batch of chinook ipa 2 weeks prior and it went longer than this batch and they are stored next to one another. Should I be worried about this?BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't worry about. I have made a bunch of northern Brewer kits each one is different. I let my nut brown ale go two weeks and then I racked to secondary. It turned out decent as I recalled. I believe a gravity reading would give you an accurate idea if fermentation is done. Just follow the brewing instructions and you should be good to go. I stress over each batch and each one is fine.I was reading in some of the comments about the nut brown ale about adding in brown sugar and some extracts! At what point in the brewing does this happen, and how much of each can you put in before you ruin the batch?BEST ANSWER: Hello Ken,
Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! For the sugar, you can add that right at flame out or just before so that you can get it dissolved into the wort and sterilized. As far as extracts, depending on what kind of extract you are adding, they could very well be added at flame out as well. As for how much you can should add to the batch, I would probably keep it at a pound or under of brown sugar. I hope that this helps!What gravity should this beer end up at?BEST ANSWER: This should ferment down to about 1.012-1.016, somewhere in there.How much alcohol should be in the final beer? Thanks!BEST ANSWER: This beer should end up right around 4.5 percent ABV if you end up with a pretty typical fermentation and attenuation.
Gabe from NBhow many calories in a glass?BEST ANSWER: I checked through a website, the medium ales run 140 to 160 per 12oz depending on your ingredients and finished alcohol content, 4.5 to 5.2 percent. Heavier ales 5.9 percent 179 calories per 12oz, if you like the flavors of the ales a few more calories not a big deal, everything in moderation.The instructions state a 3 1/2 gal kettle and 2 1/2 gal of water. My kettle is 3 gal, so would it be alright if I use 2 gal of water and if so should I add water as it boils off during the 60 minute boil?BEST ANSWER: you should get a 5 gallon kettle to brew . you need to start with 2 1/2 gallon to start and you add no water during the boil it will be made up at the end with cold water to make a full 5 gallonsCan I buy a 5 gallon recipe kit and split it up to make separate one gallon batches if I use dry yeast? Has anyone done this with any of the 5 gallon recipe kits?Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty GrainsBEST ANSWER: You could if you made all 5 one gallons at once. Not going to work out if you want to make 1 gallons at different times. Separating the 6lbs of thick LME into 1.25 lbs not going to work out for ya im afraid.Will adding a pound of honey at flame out require more than 2 weeks of fermenting time?.BEST ANSWER: Not that I found. If I remember correctly, fermentation was about 2 to 2.5 weeks, pretty much spot on. I didn't bottle until week 4 though.I've been brewing this kit for several years now, and ever since NB changed their gold malt syrup (to the current Maillard malt brand name,) it has a slightly different taste. It's still good, but I prefer the old flavor- anyone have any ideas for substitutes, or additive to help bring it back to what I'm remembering?BEST ANSWER: That is an interesting question since the extract syrup is still the same producer. Its still made by Briess but packaged in our facility and under neath out brand name - even though that same procedure has been done by us for years as well.....so I'm not sure what would have changed. It could be related to your water source and variations in the water chemistry. Since it is an agricultural product it will vary year to year as well
but I have not noticed a different in the extract syrups this year. I hope this helps in any way!how many calories in a glass?