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Nut Brown Ale Small Batch Recipe Kit


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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.

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Nut Brown Ale Small Batch Recipe Kit

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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 Yield1 Gallon
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Nut Brown Ale Small Batch Recipe Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.4 / 5.0
8 Reviews
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Second successful batch!! Ordering more soon and want to design my own recipe!
January 5, 2018
4 months ago
This is my favorite. It's yummy and warms the heart.
July 16, 2017
10 months ago
Not bad for a first attempt! Try, try again
The carbonation tablets didn't work for some reason, so the final product was on the flat side, but it has a good taste and I'd be willing to try making it again
March 24, 2017
1 year ago
This kit was super easy and well put together. I personally found the flavor to be bitter on the back end. Not undrinkable but not to my personal liking.
February 13, 2017
1 year ago
great brew
June 28, 2016
Family and friend fav
This was my 3 batch and everyone loves it !
June 12, 2016
Not My Best Work
Color of the beer was not what I expected; more pale than brown. Flavor was disappointing. More bitter than what I would consider a brown to have. Might have been something I did wrong. OG and FG numbers looked good. Alcohol between 4 and 5% by my calculations. Bottling went well, and carbonation was good. Head retention is clearly lacking. Perhaps you could add a specialty grain or two to enhance that. Overall, a very positive brewing experience. Will definitely try again.
May 11, 2016
Perfect Order
Actually just finished brewing this kit the other day. It's got to be the easiest recipe kit you sell. Everything was in perfect order and the beer is happily bubbling away in the fermenter as I type.
April 25, 2016
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Just opened my first bottle of this last night, and was kind of disappointed. I was concerned about the color at first - the nut browns I buy are usually darker - but compared to your picture, yeah, that's about what mine looks like.

Should it be so cloudy? I'm set to bottle a batch of cream ale, and that's kind of cloudy, too.

The foam is very loose - big bubbles, dissipates quickly. Related, the carbonation level just seems weak. It was the same with the batch of caribou slobber I did. Is there something I might have done wrong?

According to my notes, the krausen bubbled up into the airlock during fermentation. I never cleaned or changed it.

This was only my second batch ever, so I'm not panicking. Just wish I were more impressed with my own work. Thanks.
L A on Apr 9, 2016

I think there are a few things I can suggest that will help. First, I'd be interested to know how long the beer has been in the bottles, and the temperature of it's storage. When it comes to bottle carbing, there are a lot of factors in play. It can be hard to nail down exactly what's going on! It could be as simple as a bad seal on the caps. Mainly though it's about the yeast, and giving the yeast a good environment to work in--warmer is better. But serving conditions also play a role as well (serving colder is better)

Usually, the first solution people try is to simply give the bottles more time to sit. It can be a good idea to swirl the bottles a bit to get the yeast off the bottom and back into suspension. It can also be a good idea to move the bottles to a warmer place--this will make the yeast more active. In a week or two, in a warmer place, you might see some serious improvement.

To avoid this in the future, it is a good idea to ensure your bottles are capped securely. You can test this by submerging a few bottles in water after they've been capped. If you see bubbles leaking out of the caps, then you're not getting a good seal. If you don't see bubbles, then you're in good shape. You don't need to test every single bottle necessarily, but this can be a good method to check your work. Good aeration on brew day ensures healthy yeast, which can help with carbonating later on. Also, I've sometimes filled a cleaned/sanitized soda bottle (a small one). Squeeze all the air out of the headspace and tighten the cap. It can be a rough and ready indicator of carbonation levels. The plastic soda bottle will expand as carbonation increases, and you will see the headspace fill with co2. The bottle will get pretty firm when the carbonation levels are getting close. This isn't totally scientific, but it can give you an idea how things are going in the other bottles without opening them up and losing all built up co2!

For now, with this brown ale, I'd wait a week or two to see if that improves it, maybe even move them somewhere warmer, and get the beer is pretty cold before serving.

As for the cloudiness, it is probably too late to improve your brown ales' clarity at this point, but next time you can try a technique called "cold crashing." Before bottling, put the beer in a cool place, like a refrigerator, for a day. The cool temps will help influence particles to drop out. Time and temperature are the best natural aids to clarity, but additives like Irish Moss, Whirlfloc, and Gelatin are also available.

Let me know if this is helpful or not, and let me know if you have any follow up questions!


If I wanted to add some coffee to this brew, how much and when?
M W on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought 2-1 gal kit of Nut Brown Ale. However, after receiving them, I decided to add to these kits to make a 5 gal batch with more steeping grains. To get that toasty, roasty flavor, I use a mix of steeping grains equal to .50 lb Kiln Coffee, .75 lbs Crystal 60L, .25 lb Victory Malt; and .50 lbs Cara-Pils for each 5 gal batch. If you want to add real coffee to your brew, I suspect you can either treat it as steeping grain as you heat up the water (brew into your wort) or you can brew a pot of coffee, cool it and add it to the cooled wort before you put it in your fermenter. It just depends on how much of a pronounced coffee flavor you want in your brew. You might want to check out recipes on www.brewersfriend.com to see how other brewers use coffee in their brew.
Hello, I’m a new brewer and I am looking to make this 1 gallon kit, but I would like to add maple to it. Has anyone tried this? I’m assuming syrup would do the trick during brewing but how much and when? Thanks!
Nicholas C on Jan 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Try adding it after fermentation is complete. Experiment by using a small amount of your beer and add small amounts of syrup until you acquire a taste you like and then calculate how much to add to your finished batch. Let it condition for an additional week before moving on to bottling.
No foam on the beer itself. The foam is in the neck of the vessel, separated from the beer.
M W on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If its been 2 weeks, transfer it up with confidence and get to drinking as soon as it carbonates!
So I'm getting ready to bottle. I have leftover foam in the neck of the gallon container. How do I avoid getting that in my bottle(s)? Thanks
M W on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Foam built up on the glass wall will be left behind if left undisturbed while you siphon. If there is foam on top of the liquid, I would not recommend transfering. Cheers!
So after my airlock blew off and I cleaned up the mess and put a clean airlock on the fermentation has considerably slowed down after 2 days. Is this normal? Should I just wait and see? Thanks.
M W on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This sounds quite normal, a dry yeast will ferment a beer in just a few days, frequently. You still want to go by the regular schedule, though, as the visible, active fermentation is just part of the activity, and more is still going on there. You should be fine, having cleaned up and replaced the airlock. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I noticed my airlock was filled with foam, I was going to take care of it in the morning. Then my airlock blew off my gallon vessel. I can't tell how long it's been off, I know it's been 5hrs or less. What's the chances my batch is ruined?
M W on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You're batch will be just fine, clean up the foam with sanitizing solution, and either equip the fermenter with a blow off tube, or replace the stopper and airlock. All will be fine. I hope that this helps!

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