Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Beer Recipe Kit

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This strong-ish American amber ale is built for the cold: a substantial gravity for snowy weather, but a fast turnaround so you can get some holiday cheer from fermentor to pint ASAP. Malty but not too sweet, just enough bitterness to balance, a definite but not overstated citrus hop profile (bolstered by real citrus!), this is a far cry from most traditional, predictable holiday ales.

Loaded with premium ingredients, this recipe kit yields a saturated copper-red ale with a mind-bendingly complex flavor profile, thanks to a blend of malts. The pale chocolate adds a warm, toasty dimension and suggestions of black tea, while fig-and-toffee elements come from two authentic English caramel malts. The earthy and dark dried-fruit character of the malt segues into bright floral citrus, coming from the resinous lime-and-flowers punch of Styrian Celeia and a charge of sweet orange peel at the end of the boil!

 

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Additional information

SKU

0890

Beer Color Amber
Original Gravity

1062

Total Time to Make 4 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style Amber Ale,Spice or Fruit Beer
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 173 reviews
64%
(111)
29%
(50)
5%
(8)
1%
(2)
1%
(2)
I
I. V.
This kit has promise, but needs work

This kit has so much potential...but needs work. For one thing, the instructions were not very clear: how long some steps on brew day needed (I took my best guess based on other red ales I've made), whether or not to leave the orange peel in during fermentation (I did). Then the first half day of fermentation was nuts. This is the first beer in my many years of brewing to blow the airlock off the carboy. Twice! I re-sanitized and replaced it each time, then fermentation seemed to stop. After a couple of weeks, I switched it to secondary, crossing my fingers that it would pan out. A couple more weeks later, we bottled it. I am not sure I'd recommend ordering the premixed bottling solution in a can: the head on the finished beer is insubstantial, and the carbonation has tinier bubbles compared to any other brews I've made. Though, in the end, the flavor is pretty good. Very malty, which I like, and was a hit with my extended family. So: clearer directions, and perhaps different yeast and bottling sugar options next time would make this an even better kit! :)

M
Michael J.
Very Nice

The orange zest was a bit of a surprise but went very well with that amber ale. We are enjoying it very much.

K
Ken K.
Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Beer Recipe Kit

Very good beer.

D
Dee T.
Always a favorite

Easy brewer, wonderful drinker.

N
Nicklas K.
Rad

Quite happy with how this one turned out. Let the steeping grain a bit long and ended up with a darker color than I expected, but it’s matured into something quite good after a few weeks in the kegerator.

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Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Beer Recipe Kit

Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Beer Recipe Kit

Customer Reviews

Based on 173 reviews
64%
(111)
29%
(50)
5%
(8)
1%
(2)
1%
(2)
I
I. V.
This kit has promise, but needs work

This kit has so much potential...but needs work. For one thing, the instructions were not very clear: how long some steps on brew day needed (I took my best guess based on other red ales I've made), whether or not to leave the orange peel in during fermentation (I did). Then the first half day of fermentation was nuts. This is the first beer in my many years of brewing to blow the airlock off the carboy. Twice! I re-sanitized and replaced it each time, then fermentation seemed to stop. After a couple of weeks, I switched it to secondary, crossing my fingers that it would pan out. A couple more weeks later, we bottled it. I am not sure I'd recommend ordering the premixed bottling solution in a can: the head on the finished beer is insubstantial, and the carbonation has tinier bubbles compared to any other brews I've made. Though, in the end, the flavor is pretty good. Very malty, which I like, and was a hit with my extended family. So: clearer directions, and perhaps different yeast and bottling sugar options next time would make this an even better kit! :)

M
Michael J.
Very Nice

The orange zest was a bit of a surprise but went very well with that amber ale. We are enjoying it very much.

K
Ken K.
Brickwarmer Holiday Red Extract Beer Recipe Kit

Very good beer.

D
Dee T.
Always a favorite

Easy brewer, wonderful drinker.

N
Nicklas K.
Rad

Quite happy with how this one turned out. Let the steeping grain a bit long and ended up with a darker color than I expected, but it’s matured into something quite good after a few weeks in the kegerator.