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The Innkeeper Extract Kit


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Spicy, herbal, and English biscuits. Flashes of clean citrus and chewy minerals blend into a complex finish that is refreshingly bitter and remarkably dry. A classic strong pale ale recipe.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Thirty six major awards. Four-time Brewers International Champion. Four-time CAMRA Beer of the Year. Simply put, the muse for this recipe kit has won more awards than any other English beer, period. From very simple ingredients comes a wonderfully well-balanced dram of classic strong pale ale. Spicy, herbal, and English biscuits. Flashes of clean citrus and chewy minerals blend into a complex finish that is refreshingly bitter and remarkably dry. The way a pint was meant to taste. Truly spot on!

This kit is available with the original Wyeast 1469 Yorkshire Ale Yeast Strain.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts, but it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for The Innkeeper Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1043
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.5 / 5.0
166 Reviews
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Made a 'Mock' cask ale with this kit, came out great!
The description of this kit sounded like an English bitter, and after reading some of the reviews stating this ale had little to no flavor, thought I would try to dress it up in secondary. The end result is an ale that provides distinct taste experience of malt, hops, and oak. After a week in primary, I racked to secondary over two oz. medium plus toasted American oak cubes. Tasted it, and oak was present, and figured another week would provide a little more oak flavor, but not so much to cover the malt. I also added .5oz of dry hops (Kent Goldings) to help with the hop flavor. Tasted again after another week, and all seemed to be to my liking. When bottling, I primed to get around 1.8 units of CO2 (which is about what a cask ale would be) and three weeks later, chilled to cellar temp. (~55F). In addition to bottles, I also used a 2.25 gallon 'mini keg' product that pushes ale out without using CO2 thus not contributing any CO2 to the ale. I believe the low carbonation level and the low serving temperature allows for all the flavors, however subtle to be experienced by the drinker. OG: ~1.040, FG: ~1.006 ABV: ~4.5%
March 14, 2016
A wonderful beer. Brewed with the dry yeast alternative, will definitely brew again w/ suggested liquid yeast. Throughout the entire process, from first boil through bottling this beer was drinkable. First as a heavenly bread broth and then as an actual ale. As per style suggestions, this beer preforms far better at cellar temp rather than cooler fridge temps. Brewed 2-13-11
May 10, 2011
Amazingly simple brew. Used dry yeast, two weeks in the primary and two weeks in the bottle, just cracked one open yesterday and what a surprise. Delicious, malty beer, more like a bitter than a pale ale! And amazingly clear, used one whirlfloc tablet towards the end of the boil. Wow!
October 1, 2011
Easy first batch
As the title states, this is my first batch of home brew. I was able to borrow my brothers gear, and just buy a kit from norther brewer which is conveniently 7 minutes from my house!I picked the innkeeper as it seemed like an easy extract kit to start off with. 15 days in the fermenter and I bottled with 3/4 cup of corn sugar. Very easy to do, except my electric stove sucks at boiling 2-3 gallons of water. I'm going to get a propane burner in 2011.I cracked open bottle #1 after 8 days of conditioning, and it was still a little flat. Cracked open #2 day 13 and it's fully carbonated. Very light beer with tasty biscuit notes. You can put back 4-5 of these in less than 2 hours and feel perfectly fine. Definitely a good sessions beer in my opinion.Batch #2 is fermenting, which is a nut brown. I wish I would have put a pound of honey in, but too late now.
December 23, 2010
Great Ale for the New Brewer to the Advanced
As with many new brewers, I tested the limits of alcohol, IBUs and everything in between. Looking back, I realize that more is not always better. I think that you should develop a solid brewing methodology (learn from the Brewing Network!) before you try to push the limits. I have already brewed this beer twice, and I am very pleased with the results. I think that this is a great inexpensive recipe to work on your process. It also results in a great beer in little time.
April 12, 2011
Kit was well put together
Kit was great. Very nice ingredients.
September 24, 2016
Medal winner!
Brewed this at the end of July 2013. Kegged 1/2 for a party and bottled the rest. Keg was empty in no time! Entered in a competition in August and it scored well but no place. Last week (Dec) Entered another competition and it pulled a gold medal out of 14 category entries. This is really good with a little age on it. I have been asked to brew this for a super bowl party which I am happy to oblige!
December 9, 2013
Wonderful English Pale Ale
Brewed with Nottingham yeast on 12/20/2011 and kegged it on 12/28/2011. Pretty fast to the glass.O.G. 1043 F.G. 1010 4.42% ABV Everybody loves this ale. Very smooth and easy drinking session ale with a slight bisquit flavor that is very inexpensive and easy to brew. Nice contrast to an American Pale Ale as the Innkeeper has a very low hop content. In my opinion none will be offended by this ale. Brew it.
February 22, 2012
Clean citus refreshing...
Only 7 days in the bottle(I had to taste test) and wow, clean citrus with a malty background. I think in another week this is going to be good stuff! I will be adding this to my list of beers to keep on hand! Mine fermented down to 1.007 so a little boozy on the back but I could drink this on a hot day no problem!
May 17, 2016
Just a good beer
Brewing third batch this year. First one was on my taps opposite a black IPA and was supposed to be the "B" side, but turned out to be a fav. Brewing now for the family holiday party in January. Hope its ready on time...
December 7, 2012
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Ale is dark, in secondary. Did I screw up?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: something else to think about, what water did you use? Well, City, Bottled? What was the pH? metals in water can make color darker. Cities typically add things to their water (i.e. Fluoride, Eucalyptis etc..) Ales should lean towards basic while lagers tend to be more acidic.
Should the finished product be slightly cloudy?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience it takes at least 10 days before it becomes very clear after bottling. When you first bottle or a keg your beer it's going to be cloudy because of yeast remaining in it. When you first bottle or keg your beer it's going to be cloudy because of yeast remaining in it. Just give it some time.
I am closing in on the second week of fermentation. In the secondary, this beer seems darker than I anticipated. Is there a problem?
Jon F on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have brewed this kit about 6 times. The color is slightly more caramel colored than the picture. Although the instructions say it is ready in 2 weeks, I've found that another week in secondary improves the flavor. It gives the yeast a chance to clean up some of the off flavors that can taste slightly phenolic. And, it helps to clarify.

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