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Swig of Sunbeams Extract 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.

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.

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

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Whisk yourself off to a tropical island with a glowing pint of this delicious East Coast 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 Extract Recipe Kit Complete Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1074
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.9 / 5.0
20 Reviews
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The Best
While I am fairly new still to home brewing, I have to say this is way better than any of the rest I have brewed. It is better than what is available at breweries near by. Taste is an individual thing, but I have received rave reviews from everyone who has tasted it. It has a touch of hops without being overpowering. It just has a solid mellow taste that is so refreshing at the end of a long day at work. I am working my second batch as I write this.
March 7, 2018
3 weeks ago
Best IPA I have brewed in a while
Most of my IPA kits lately have been underwhelming. To dark with not enough hop flavor or aroma. This one turned out great.
Taste like something you would buy at the store.
March 2, 2018
4 months ago
added fruit to mine which made it even better
This IPA was phenomenal. I did experiment with it however. i followed the instructions until secondary. for secondary I siphoned it into 2 separate buckets equally so 2-1/2 gallons per bucket give or take. in one bucket I put a little over a pound of sliced red grapefruit with no peelings. in the other I put a little over a pound of fresh picked satsumas, again with no peelings. I let it sit for 2 weeks in secondary then conditioned for about 5 weeks in the bottle. the result is the best ipa I have ever brewed. the grapefruit/satsuma hits your mouth in the beginning and the citra hops finish it off on the back end. not too bitter, actually a pretty smooth beer. highly recommend. i’m gonna order another kit and do pineapple on the next one.
February 14, 2018
6 months ago
Fantastic IPA
This might be the best IPA I've ever had. Bright, shiny, delectable. Tastes like drinking sunshine. I tasted colors.
September 29, 2017
8 months ago
Great Summer IPA
I'm a big fan of IPA's, and typically the higher the IBU, the better. But when it's hot out, that dryer beer does not always satisfy, so I turn to Kolsch. This beer retains the hoppy aroma and flavors that make IPA's so great, but seem lighter and easier to drink on a hot summer Day. I'd probably rate this 4.5, and will brew again
August 31, 2017
7 months ago
Interesting brew
This beer turned out with mixed results. Darker than anticipated for an SoS clone. the carbonation has been up and down (first time it happened to me). The all citra gives a nice bite though. overall i'm drinking one right now (after 4 weeks in bottle they are carbed well). not bad but nothing special
August 9, 2017
10 months ago
Swig of YUM
I can honestly sat that I never had the "Real Deal" but the batch that I just kegged an carbonated over this past week was absolutely glorious! I brought 5 growlers full of this liquid gold to a party yesterday and they were gone within an hour and with people asking for more. Its got a very nice tropical flavor with a subtle bitterness at the end and even at 8% I still find myself visiting my keggerator a little more than Id like to because it is just that good! Will definitely be purchasing it again!
July 17, 2017
9 months ago
So juicy and fruity. Amazing. Made 15 gallons, but figure I will have to make more real soon.
July 13, 2017
i love the citrus flavor of this IPA just based on the critra hops. Not that you will have a problem with this but drink this quickly as the hops flavor will begin to fade over a month or so after bottling. Highly recommend this.
June 27, 2017
1 year ago
this is one of those beers that deserve a funeral when the keg kicks. A real tasty treat
June 20, 2017
11 months ago
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What is the approximate ABV of this beer?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Close to 8%
Mine came in at 7.75%
Can this be converted into a partial mash?
A shopper on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As with any kit, we post the recipe online so you could order parts a la carte if you want to do something experimental. 4.5 lbs Goldpils Vienna, 1/2 lb carapils, 1/2 lb flaked oats mashed at about 152 then add the golden lme and dme and corn sugar per the extract instructions.
Are two yeast packets recommended? If so, is that stated somewhere in the instructions?
A shopper on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't know if I have your answer. But, I did use the Wyeast 1056. However, I used yeast I had harvested from a previous batch. And, I did a yeast started as well. It fermented like crazy!!!
I was having problems with poor carbonation during bottle conditioning, so I add conditioning yeast when I bottled it.
It turned out great with a rich head. My friends are telling me it's one of the best ones I've made, and I really like it too. My brother in law has had Sip of Sunshine and he says it compares quite well.
BTW, my calculated ABV was north of 7%.
3 weeks primary and 3 weeks secondary and after 3 weeks in bottle at 74 degrees still no carb should I be worried or just patient?
A shopper on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should be carbed by now. I did 2 weeks primary, 1 week secondary before bottling and have good carbonation. Even though I pour in my priming sugar/water prior to racking to the botttling bucket, I always give it a good stir (being careful not to splash) to make sure it is evenly mixed. I then give it another stir halfway through bottling to make sure the last half of the bottles continue to be evenly primed. If you didn't stir at all, perhaps try the first bottle you racked (if you can recall which one that is) to see if you have decent carb. If not, perhaps it sat in the primary/secondary too long. 6 weeks does sound like a long time. Others may have different thoughts though.
I have 5oz of leftover corn sugar. Can I add it to the brew to increase the abv without messing with the taste? If so, when should I add it in the process and should I add anything else to combat loss of body?
Michael W on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The corn sugar should ferment out completely and should not impart any flavor, it will leave the beer with a slightly dryer mouth feel. The boost in abv should not make it too alcohol flavored as this beer doesn't seem to have much of a boozy flavor. I would add it late in the boil close to flame out to prevent any carmelization.
What is the target final gravity of this beer? I don't see it on the instructions though am assuming it is around 1.012.
A shopper on Apr 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I got 1.015 FG, but I used two packets of WL California Ale Yeast. I also only boiled half the hops called for in the boil, and saved the remainder for a major dryhop. Tastes excellent with lower bitterness, but that's just me. Very citrusy.
Why the extra priming sugar and yeast for Swig of Sunshine? Doesn’t the base kit have everything needed? Also, what is the brew to drink time?
A shopper on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The base kits never include yeast and priming sugar some people like to carbonate their beer and other ways such as carb drops or in a keg there are also many different options of yeast to choose from A good rule of thumb is two weeks primary 2 weeks secondary if you are dry hopping and then again 2 more weeks bottle conditioning I try to never drink my beer until it sits in the fridge for another 2 weeks if I am bottling hope this helps good luck
Why does the site recommend 2 packs (23g) of Safale S-05 ale yeast when every other kit of purchased has only recommended 1? I've made higher gravity beers with less yeast without problems.
A shopper on Dec 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I can not answer that as I opted for the liquid yeast as it better mirrors the New England style brews. Did a pint starter before brew day. It must be good because my family and neighbors drink this up real fast and pester me to make more!
Does the base Swig of Sunshine kit have the needed sugar and yeast? Also time from brew to drink?
Neal B on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You should be able to select yeast and priming sugar options when adding to your cart. As for brew-to-drink, the instruction say about 6 weeks, but I recall letting this one go a bit longer- 2 week primary, 3 week secondary, 2 week bottle condition. For IPAs I try to minimize oxygen exposure, so I think I used fizz drops for priming to avoid the bottling bucket transfer.
Why is my ABV lower than expected (5.12%)? My OG was 1.060 and FG 1.021. I did 2 weeks primary and 2 weeks secondary.
Elise P on Jun 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are a few possible causes for a lower ABV reading... not specific to this recipe, but in general. (1) Did you take a gravity reading for OG or did you use the calculated OG from the kit? -- Best approach is to take an actual reading so you can account for the precise amount of water added after brewing. (2) What method did you use to measure gravity, and did you use the same method for OG and FG? -- I've not had much luck with refractometer. The hygrometer has consistently given me readings that are much closer to what the recipe kits project. For 3 different batches, I measured gravity with both the refractometer and hygrometer, and the refractometer has shown much lower ABV than expected- typically 3-4% lower. (3) For ABV calculation, use one of the online calculators that corrects for temperature. The one at brewersfriend is pretty good. (4) There's always a chance you had issues with the yeast dying out, but in my experience it's been funky readings rather than funky yeast.
I have read that rolled oats are a must mash grain. so what benefit are you getting from just steeping the oats in this recipe?
Alex H on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good question. Without having the enzymes present to convert the oat starch, you are not maximizing the benefit of the grain, losing out on some fermentables, and flavor elements. So, the kit includes a mixture of flaked oats and carapils, and they are there to give the finished beer a silkier mouth feel, and improved head retention to balance the use of corn sugar in ferment. The corn sugar gives the beer a sense of dryness which helps showcase the hops, and thins the beer a little bit. Thus the need for oats and catapults.
What are the estimated IBU's of this beer?
Shawn S on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The inspiration for this brew has 65 IBUs. I think I calculated mine was 57
So I'm noting a trend here where the recommended liquid yeast options now specify two packs of yeast vs just one pack as it used to be. If we take the recommendation and purchase two packs of liquid yeast, does this mean no yeast starter is necessary, or, should we now prepare a 2L yeast starter (vs a 1L) because we're preparing a starter for two packs of yeast?
William W on Nov 28, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: When I made the Swig of Sunbeams recipe a few months ago, it only came with one yeast pack. I made a yeast starter which was entirely sufficient. I could see how an imperial IPA with a high alcohol content might benefit from additional yeast if you were just pitching it in dry.
Does anyone recommend adding LME late in the boil? Instructions say all of it at the beginning, but I've heard late makes hop utilization and color better.
Adam W on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Made mine with all of it upfront and I thought it had great color
Step 2/3 on "ON BREWING DAY" section of the procedure say "2. Collect and heat 2.5 gallons of water" and "3. ...Steep for 20 minutes or until water
reaches 170°F...".

This seems a little vague to me - heat to what temperature before adding the grain? Continue to heat after adding the grain, then remove the grain at 170°F? I'm confused by this because in other recipes, I've seen something like heat to 155 - 160, then steep grains for some amount of time, then remove.
A shopper on Mar 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have brewed this in the past and it is just like the others.. Heat the water to 170 and then maintain the temperature and steep the grains for 20 minutes.. This worked out just fine for me.. You will really enjoy this beer.. One of the best I have brewed in the past few years..
Curious if people have tried this with a different strain of yeast? Like the wyeast 1318 London III which seems to be used for a lot of new England IPAs similar to this one? Seems like it might go well together.
Nick B on Jan 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, I used the west coast ale yeast. Great recipe though. I do plan on making it again - except in all-grain recipe next time.
I have done a clon of sip of sunshine and did it as a whole grain recipe and that one called for 2 yeasts. And cost me close to 100 dollars for all the ingredients and it was real close to the original. Are you going to offer it as a whole grain kit?
A shopper on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there,
We do have an all grain version of the kit. You can find it here: http://www.northernbrewer.com/swig-of-sunbeams-all-grain-kit

Will one packet of dry yeast be enough for this brew? The OG looks high enough to maybe need more.....
A shopper on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, with the starting gravity being 1074, a second pack of yeast would definitely be a good idea. Cheers!
What have you seen fermentation wise with this kit, I brewed a permafrost IPA kit and it was on a blow off tube for about 4-5days going crazy, but this kit with more fermentables had about a 1-1.5" Krausen for about 3 days and stopped, very little bubble activity. I am planning to let it sit for longer before I take a gravity reading, but just curious because I expected this one to shoot through the roof. I pitched two smack packs of Wyeast 1056. I activated the packs but could not brew the beer for 2 days looking for a carboy, so I put them in the fridge and took them out to warm up when I started to heat water. Any thoughts?
Kasey B on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3-5 Days is pretty normal for most fermentations. Each batch will act differently so it hard to compare fermentations like that. From this, it sounds like nothing to worry about. Wait two weeks in primary and then continue on.
Does the kit include everything you need except the priming sugar and yeast? Does it need fast pitch yeast starter?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This kit does include all of the sunbeams you will need to make it. The options for priming sugar, yeast and fast pitch are all your choice.
You will need some sort of yeast and priming sugar, but the Fast Pitch is only used if you are making a yeast starter.

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