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Swig of Sunbeams All Grain Recipe Kit

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Whisk yourself off to a tropical island with a glowing pint of this delicious IPA.

Dazzling aromas of mango, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit dominate the nose of this beer, showcased by its everlasting luminous white foam head. The light orange glimmer of the substantial malt bill shines through with subtle notes of fresh bread and warm biscuits, with just enough sweet malt radiance to perfectly balance the vivid hop flavor and slowly fading bitterness.

Kick back, bask in the sun to enjoy this radiantly exquisite ale.

Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.

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Swig of Sunbeams All Grain Recipe Kit

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Product Details
Whisk yourself off to a tropical island with a glowing pint of this delicious IPA. Dazzling aromas of mango, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit dominate the nose of this beer, showcased by its everlasting luminous white foam head. The light orange glimmer of the substantial malt bill shines through with subtle notes of fresh bread and warm biscuits, with just enough sweet malt radiance to perfectly balance the vivid hop flavor and slowly fading bitterness.

Kick back, bask in the sun to enjoy this radiantly exquisite ale.

Brewing Notes:
  • Style: Double IPA
  • Fermentation Range: 60 - 73F
  • OG: 1.074
  • SRM: 7
  • IBUs: 88
  • ABV: 8.3%
Tasting Notes:
  • Huge tropical fruit character
  • Bready malt flavor
  • Slight alcohol presence
  • Medium body
  • Dry finish with a lingering bitterness
Swig of Sunbeams uses a Dry Hopping step to create an incredible aroma. Make dry hopping a breeze with the Depth Charge™ for Big Mouth Bubbler®.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsSwig of Sunbeams All Grain Recipe Kit Complete Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1074
Total Time to Make6 weeks
Reviews
4.8 / 5.0
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Yaaaasss!!! so delicious.
This came out amazing. i got the all grain kit and used the recommended dry yeast. I threw the yeast in a 2 liter 1.045 OG starter on a stir plate about 1 week before brew day. After 48 hours on the stir plate i cold crashed. On brew day, I poured off the excess "beer" off the top of my starter, leaving enough to swirl the yeast off the bottom and piiched into my primary. For mashing, I use a robo-brew. I followed the temperature step directions. I use a 50' stainless steel immersion chiller I bought off ebay. It is about twice as fast at cooling compared to the stock Robo-brew cooler. I left it in the primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 2 months, dry hopped for 8 days using a 3" diamter x 8" long stainless steel mesh hop canniseter. Note for fermentation and aging: My brew room stays at about 71 degrees. i force carbonated in my kegerator at 12psi and 39degF.
April 10, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Fantastic
We've never had SOS as out of area to buy it but this kit tastes almost identical to Tropicalia. This is by far one of the best kits we've made from NB. Will brew again. It's malty, bitter and light in color. Very much tropical fruit flavors. Will brew again.
November 17, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Hops Party in Your Nose
OG 1074, FG 1010. ABV 8.5%, IBU 111. Wyeast 1056 American Ale.
With numbers like these you'd typically linger over a snifter of it but the initial bitterness quickly mellows into a session beer like smoothness. The smell is wonderful--a hops party in your nose and the flavor is fantastic. Just be careful--it'll sneak up on you.
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July 24, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Mine turned out really flat
I've been brewing for about 6 years, almost exclusively with kits from NB. I followed the instructions all the way to bottling day. After 2 weeks in the bottle, flat. I let it go another 2 weeks. Still flat. After talking to the folks at NB, they suggested it was likely that the high ABV in this brew when fermenting killed off much of the yeast. Rather than dump 2 cases of flat bottled beer down the drain, they suggested I sprinkle just a little bit of this special yeast into each bottle and then recap each bottle (following proper sanitation, of course). I did that. We'll see. The yeast is CBC-1 and is apparently made for just this purpose (on bottling day). The directions said NOTHING about needing to add yeast at bottling day. Maybe it's common knowledge, but like I said, I'd never heard of a need to do this in the past and even my high ABV brews came out just fine.
The beer was cloudy, but maybe that's because all the yeast was dead and wasn't able to do its thing. It tasted OK. Hopefully I'll be great in another week after I open up the 're-carbed' bottles. I'm giving it 3 stars because it wasn't bad, but that perhaps the instructions or even the KIT should have made some reference to the possible need for extra yeast on bottling day.
July 14, 2017
New favorite
I've brewed around 36 batches, 90% of which were Northern Brewer kits. Of those batches, 28 or so were IPAs. This recipe has the best aroma and in-your-face hoppy flavor (mango, orange, pineapple) I've ever tasted without too much malty or bitterness. To me it's the perfect blend everything I enjoy about IPAs. Definitely a 5-star brew. My only modification I'll look to make is to reduce the alcohol content below the 8% range. It's sooo drinkable it's dangerous!
July 5, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Best Beer I've Made Yet
I just made the Off The Topper kit, and while I liked it, it was super piney. I wanted to make something that showcased a single hop and this really did for the Citra.

I batch sparged this time and hit 1.073 OG, almost perfect. Made a starter, I usually do for anything over 1.070 to be safe.

Ferment was furious then slowed and the krausen didn't go away for a week. Dumped to secondary, dry hopped 4 days then cold crashed in the keg.

Yeast left an amazing subtle haze. Beer has a crazy aroma, and the fruity notes of the citra come out as the beer warms up.

This is the first time I've gone through a keg so fast, will be brewing again for sure, possibly using a different hop variety to accentuate other flavors.
June 13, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great beer!
Excellent kit, this has been my favorite home brewed IPA yet. Crisp, clean and citrusy!
June 5, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Dangerously Good
I ordered this on a whim since it sounded very fitting with my NEIPA brewing kick of late. This was my first experience brewing a NB recipe kit as written with no tweaks (save for using WY1272 yeast), and it was also my first brew with Citra hops. With Citra, I understand what all the fuss is about now. The aroma produced during that massive flameout hop addition filled the neighborhood, and it carried through beautifully to the pint glass once finished. The description is pretty spot on too. The beer is well balanced if not leaning toward malt. The subtle bitterness takes a backseat to the big time malt and hop flavors but it does leave a lingering bitter bite that keeps you coming back for another sip. Big tropical fruit aroma and flavor battles with equally huge bready-malt flavors for centre stage on your pallet with each swig. The overall flavor and impression for this beer sings of summertime with such a bright and tropical taste, but the ease with which this 8%+ brew goes down makes it a bit dangerous to keep on tap.
The few cons I had with this kit were not enough to keep it from a 5-star rating, but I did think that this beer was unnecessarily huge. I would drop a pound or two of malt and maybe drop half of the corn sugar. Not necessarily aiming for a session IPA, but it would be nice to keep the ABV at a level where my friends don't have to crash on my couch after only two pints. Also, and this is probably just personal preference, but I would spread the FO hop addition out over the last 10 min rather than one massive addition. Or maybe even move 0.5-1oz of the FO hops to FWH. I have gotten better results in my own recipes with this method. While the hop flavor profile is very good as written, it does feel a little one-dimensional, and I worry that it will fade quickly as the keg ages. I feel a short boil and/or a FWH charge would help this without changing the overall profile.
June 5, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Not SOS but great kit for the price!
This kit is great although you will not hit the 1.074 unless your brewing technique is overly super proficient, I boiled for an extra 15 minutes and hit 1.072 (for 5 gals or wort).
I messed with the hop schedule a bit and added 3oz Citra at flameout, chilled below 170 and added another 3oz Citra for 20 min. Removed the hops (bagged them) and cooled to 68. The smell was amazing! I plan on dry hopping with 2oz Citra halfway through fermentation and 2oz Citra at day 10. I've had good success with this in the past.
Any kit you get from NB is well worth the price, just have to mess with some factors to get what you want.
I would gladly buy this kit again but I think NB needs to dial in the grain bill to reflect a lower SRM as the targeted beer is much much lighter and add a few more ounces of Citra. In the end 5 stars!
June 3, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
Awesome northeast IPA
It turned out awesome. I have never had sip of sunshine, but this is a great kit. It is so perferctly balanced. I love this kit. I will make this again soon. Embrace the haze.
May 25, 2017
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I ran the recipe into BeerSmith and came up with much higher numbers than the recipe sheet. OG is 1.085 (9.2% ABV) and IBU is 100. The recipe sheet has the OG at 1.074. Dropping the corn sugar provided in the kit brings it down to the target OG, should I omit it?
A shopper on Apr 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have brewed this twice now including the corn sugar. First time I got 1.070. I started with about 6 3/4 gallons to boil.
Ended up with a little under 5 gallons in primary. After dryhopping in secondary ended up with about 4.5 gallons at 1.012 FG. Second time I just wanted to see where I would end up if I started with 7 gallons preboil. 1.066 OG. this time. Ended up with 5 gallons exactly in primary. Not done fermenting yet. I used the Omega DIPA yeast both times.
I purchased this kit and have two questions.
1- What is the additional equipment I need?
2- I noticed there is no bag for the grains. The other kits I purchased had them in a bag.This being my fourth attempt at homebrewing. I'm a bit of a novice.
A shopper on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The advanced equipment is all grain brewing equipment. If not sure what all grain means or the equipment needed, you want to go with the extract versions of our recipes.
Does this come with hops?
A shopper on Feb 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes! All of the kits come with the necessary hops and grains and any additional ingredients. You just need the water and you can select your yeast type when you add it to the cart.
Are the grains pre-crushed? I have done several extract recipes and am thinking about starting the BIAB process, however I am going to draw the line at crushing the grains myself.
A shopper on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Most if not all the all-grain NB recipe kits offer option of whole or freshly crushed grain mixes. I put grains in refrigerator from delivery until brew day. They seem to hold up well, at least a couple/few months.
BTW - the batch of "Swig of Sunbeams" I made last year was a hit at our family reunion on the NC Outer Banks. I'd follow advice to use two yeast packs (or a healthy starter culture) due to high O.G.

Best,

CT
This kit comes with 1 pack of Safale-05. Is that enough to direct pitch without a starter? Can it just be sprinkled on top of the cooled sort?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can use the Safari-05 without a starter. Chill your wort, sprinkle it on top and the yeast will do the rest. One pack is plenty for 5 gals. Btw, I made this beer, and it is fabulous!
This recipe comes with 2 packs of yeast (liquid or dry). I ordered the Wyeast 1056 - should I use both packs ? I usually only use a single pack for 5 gallons and I don't see any information around using both.
Gregory A on Nov 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi Gregory,
I made this recipe this past spring, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It cannot hurt at all to use both yeast packs, and getting this beer to fully ferment will definitely help its flavor profile. Good luck!
Jim
What is the abc of the swig of sunbeams?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. We purposely do not put the ABV on our kits, because people can sometimes get upset if they didn't get that number, even if the beer tastes great. However, you can figure it out by the style of yeast you plan on using and it's attenuation rates of that particular yeast. Cheers!
Hi I completed my brew. It has been fermenting for 9 days now. Still getting bubbles slowly about one every 6 seconds. Completed a gravity check and it at 1.043. So when fermenting is complete it should be around 1.010? Do I wait till then before transferring to another container? And is that pretty normal for the gravity to be that high at this point? OG was 1.067 .
A shopper on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My personal opinion, but for me I usually wait a bit longer for fermentation to really slow down before transferring, but its all personal preference. Based on your readings, that yeast still has some work to do. How much did you pitch? If liquid, did you make a starter? This beers gravity is high enough I'd probably make a starter so you have enough cells to get through all those sugars.

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