Jamil's Evil Twin® IPA All Grain Beer Recipe Kit
If you don't already have an Evil Twin, you should definitely consider one: imagine the scapegoating possibilities! Homebrew figurehead, author, multiple Ninkasi Award-winner, Brewing Network host, and all-around good dude Jamil Zainasheff sinister doppelganger is mahogany-colored, lavishly hopped, and lives in a keg or bottle, and he only too happy to help you find your own. JZ and NB have teamed up to bring you Jamil Evil Twin® in kit format.
A strong, deep copper-red IPA beer kit that boasts a complex malt profile but is really a showcase for hopbursting. Hopbursting forgoes the traditional additions of bittering hops early in the boil in favor of copious additions of aroma varieties late in the boil. For the brewer, the result is a significant IBU contribution as well as intense hop aroma and flavor from the late additions. For the drinker, the result is smooth bitterness in a pint suffused with a fragrant fog of hop flavor and aroma. Don blame us if you can stop brewing and drinking it it was our Evil Twin.Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Note: When the brewing gets tough, the tough get brewing... Due to a severe shortage of Amarillo hops this year, Jamil Zainasheff has authorized a substitution to his usual recipe. The Amarillo hops called for in the original Evil Twin® will be replaced by Cascade hops until the next hop harvest. Brew on!
|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
This is the best IPA recipe I have found on Northern Brewer. It's the beer I am most eager to offer to guests. Consistently turns out great!!
I've made this recipe, in extract or AG, about 6 times (didn't keep notes originally). The key to making it an IPA is to dry hop it. Having experimented a bit, I use 1 ounce of Amarillo and 1 of Cascade. I also bump up the bitterness by using 1 oz instead of .75 oz at 10 minutes. It's too bitter at the beginning, but about 7 weeks after brew day, it's absolutely amazing. It's honestly one of the best IPAs I've ever had, homebrew or commercial.
This beer is absolutely fantastic. NB has sold this kit for years, but for some reason it is now called an "IPA". In Jamil's book "Brewing Classic Styles" (which all brewers should own), he calls it a West Coast Red Ale. it's a beautiful red color, with less hop bitterness than an IPA, but tons of late hop flavor and aroma. Delicious. And for you reviewers with fermentation issues - don't blame the kit. If you're using the dry yeast, rehydrate it first in a cup of boiled and cooled water. If you're using liquid yeast, use TWO packs or vials, or make a starter. And don't pitch the yeast until your wort is below 68 farenheit. For more yeast info, get Jamil's Yeast book.
More akin to an American Red, however with the right fermentation, it's a great drinker. I used the WLP 028 on this and it has loads of character. And for this with fermentation issues, its not the kit. Skip the low rating and figure it out.
Good beer, but I wish it would have had Amarillo like the original recipe called for. Also, I decided to dry hop after a few pours. I think it helped.