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Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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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.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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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.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.5 / 5.0
271 Reviews
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A nice brown ale
My boil came in at 1.050 (I added 0.5 pound of brown sugar at flame out), and I used the Nottingham yeast and left the beer for three weeks in the primary at 68F. The gravity was 1.009 at the end. I bottled with corn sugar (4 oz) and things carved up in about a week at 70F. This was an easy brew, and a fast turn around. The product was excellent. It had a great aroma, and tasted really good after about 2 weeks in the bottle. I had lots of compliments from friends on this one, as the flavor is light enough that even fans of light beer can enjoy it. It would have been good to have a little more of a full mouthfeel, but I think my brown sugar probably thinned the taste a bit. Overall, it is a very good kit and makes a fast and delicious beer.
July 3, 2014
First home brew since 1991
The instructions were easy to follow and the end result was a tasty Nut Brown Ale. I plan to brew this batch again and add some brown sugar to the boil as recommended by other reviewers. All I kept saying after tasting was"My beer is good, my beer is actually good!" Unlike the batch in '91 that tasted like a mixture of feet and Flintstone vitamins.
May 16, 2014
Drinkable first time brew.
Plenty of rookie mistakes on my part as this was my first batch ever. Came out good, not great. Will order again and update this review to give a more accurate and fair assessment.
December 9, 2013
Great kit
I have been brewing for 18 years and this is the kit I have brewed most frequently. I am a big fan of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. I always add hazelnut flavoring to this kit and try to keep it on tap at all times. Delicious!
February 13, 2015
Good Stuff!
a good brew! added 1 lb of honey to flame out and 1/2 oz hops 25 mins left in boil (golding). keg the brew after two weeks in the fermenting stage! just awsome!
August 8, 2013
A fantastic brew to cut your teeth on and more
The nut brown kit really has the ability to perform. The sky is really the limit with this one. If you do nothing but open the box and brew it the end result is awesome. The second time I brewed this kit I made it into a pumpkin ale. It was amazing. Awesome mouth feel and perfect hopping! If you decide to experiment with this one Safale us-05 dampens the dynamic of the brew just enough to give you an idea of what your changes did. Cheers.
November 13, 2013
Perfect. Got tons of compliments. Everyone agreed this was my best so far. I recommend to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks after bottling before serving. It takes a while to mellow and for all the flavors to gel..
January 9, 2011
Solid brewskis
Pretty simple kit. Great taste. Will order this one again.
November 13, 2013
Great with cold brewed coffee
Add about 8 or 10 oz of cold brewed coffee to this beer a few days before bottling/kegging and this makes a fantastic coffee brown ale.That has become my "House brew"
July 5, 2012
This Brew is GOOOD!!
This Nut Brown Ale was my first brew and I was told numerous times "This is better than the local brewery". I guess that could be the best compliment I could get considering the town I grew up in has a very well known Massachusetts brewery. I also added 1 1/2 lbs. of basswood honey to this kit and it gave the beer a sweet finish. The ABV. was about 8%-9%. I will buy this kit again for the Holidays.....thanx Shawn
October 31, 2010
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I 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?
A shopper on Jan 20, 2017
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?
Cameron W on Feb 11, 2017
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 Roast
Newbie 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!
A shopper on Dec 23, 2016
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 grain
Would 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?
A shopper on Apr 12, 2017
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! :-)
How much alcohol should be in the final beer? Thanks!
E N on Oct 24, 2015
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 NB
What else do I need to brew this beer, in terms of equipment?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2017
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.
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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?
R A on Dec 3, 2015
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?
M R on Jan 6, 2016

No, this beer is not super hoppy, it is definitely balanced more towards the malty side. It's only about 15 IBU's.


The 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?
G L on Dec 18, 2015
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 brew
I 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?
Lurch on Oct 23, 2015

The Irish red Ale would be the best choice for a lager fermentation as amny commercial examples are made with lager yeast.

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?
K E on Dec 15, 2015

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?
D A on Dec 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This should ferment down to about 1.012-1.016, somewhere in there.
Will adding a pound of honey at flame out require more than 2 weeks of fermenting time?.
A shopper on Jun 27, 2017
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?
R O on Sep 6, 2015
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!
Can 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?
A shopper on Oct 10, 2017
Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains
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