Across the Pond ESB is a straightforward beer in the style of the English pub ale. A rich, malty backbone supplemented by Simpson's Medium Crystal and Special Roast malts supports traditional East Kent Goldings hops, with a slightly heavy bittering addition and some hops for the finish. Although the style has bitter in its name, it is not agressively hoppy like an American IPA. Instead, it has just the right bittering hop note that seamlessly balances on the malty body of the beer. A beer just like those pub ales served across Britain, Across the Pond will whisk you away with one sip!
Who can forget childhood memories of gingerbread houses, adorned with sweet, creamy icing and tasting of exotic spices? Our Gingerbread Brown Ale attempts to bring back these memories in a form more suited to mature palates. An array of specialty grains gives this beer its brown color, its sweetness, and its chocolate-roasted notes. Molasses, combined with an assortment of seasonal spices, gives this beer a distinct flavor of gingerbread. Pouring a thick brown, the nose will delight and the taste will dazzle your tongue. Soft and delicious like the homemade gingerbread recipes handed down throughout the ages, this beer is sure to please! Please note that the spices called for in this recipe, are not included in the kit. You'll have to raid your pantry or your local grocery store for these.
Ivan the Terribly Delicious will dominate your taste buds! A big imperial red ale that looks and drinks like a red double IPA, Ivan will storm your mouth with a satisfying combination of huge malt flavor and delicous American hops! Cara-Amber malt gives this beer a red hue and fullness, while Columbus, Amarillo and Citra hops provide a wonderful citrus character. Using an English yeast strain to ferment this beer allows the malt and slight residual sweetness to perfectly balance the hop character.
Developed by Great Fermentations employee Brandon, this beer has found favor with our whole crew. Now, thanks to his liberty with the recipe, we bring the opportunity to brew his fabulous imperial red ale to you. Ivan the Terribly Delicious will make you the unquestioned beer Tsar among all your friends!
The Daddy Mac is our answer to a malty, smooth Scottish ale! Developed by our brewer Wes in his spare time, this recipe won him second place in the Indiana Brewer's Cup in the Scottish and Irish Ale category. Amber malt gives this beer a nice nut character, which is enhanced by crystal 60L and chocolate malt, which give it sweetness and roastiness respectively, while also giving it a nice brown hue. A single hop addition gives this beer just enough hops to balance the malt character and sweetness. Ferment this at cool temperatures with an authentic Scottish yeast strain, and you've got a nice, malty, and highly drinkable Scottish-style ale that will have you thinking you are in the Scottish Highlands!
A true English style robust porter, straight out of the pages of history! The Dark Side Robust Porter uses a healthy dose of Brown malt, a malt that porters traditionally used as their base, to add a heavy robust character to the beer. Notes of coffee flow forth in the flavor profile, aided by some chocolate malt and balanced by some crystal malts from the U.K. Add some English Fuggle hops on top, and you've got a robust porter that finishes big with a hint of sweetness. Once you go to the dark side, you may never go back!
Crisp and refreshing! Ich Bin Ein Pilsner is a classic German Pilsner originally developed by a former Great Fermentations employee who has gone on to greener pastures and sweeping the 2015 Indiana Brewer's Cup in the professional category! The recipe is relatively simple, but then again, so is a truly good German Pils! Nothing more than some Pilsner malt and noble Saaz hops round out this recipe, which lead to a crisp, refreshing Pilsner beer that can be enjoyed by all. While a traditional lager yeast can be used to ferment this beer, using the California Lager yeast can lead to great lager without too cool of temperatures.
The signature of this Kolsch is its malt roundness and noble hopping. We like to ferment with Wyeast Kolsch yeast to get a slight fruitiness of an ale with the clean lager-like flavor palette. We like to pitch Kolsch yeast in the 58-62F range and let the heat from fermentation ramp the temperature up to around 65-68F. However this yeast ferments well any where between 56-70F. Watch out, this yeast can be volcanic! We recommend using half reverse osmosis or distilled water and half tap water for a finished beer more true to style.
This Petite Saison is gold in color with a slight hop aroma that is overshadowed by the wonderful spiciness that the yeast brings to the table. Notes of pepper, clove and fruity tartness bring flavorful life to this medium bodied ale and those who are fortunate enough to enjoy it! Great beer to make in the summer because saison yeasts like it hot!
If using Wyeast #3724 Belgian Saison yeast, pitch at around 85-90F and keep your fermentation temperature in the same range. This yeast has a tendency to stick at around 1.035 specific gravity, but will finish, given time and warm temperatures.
A classic hefeweizen beer with a slight honey aroma from the specialty malt. Yeast strain will significantly affect the flavor and aroma of this beer. Use the Wyeast 1010 American Wheat strain if banana and clove flavors are not desired. The addition of honey malt will add a pale orange hue and a waft of honey aroma.
A pale ale straight from the West Coast, Chico Suave Pale Ale is smooooooth and delicious! A clone of the classic example of an American Pale Ale, Chico Suave gets a touch of residual sweetness from Crystal 60L malt. Using Perle hops for bitterness, it gets its substantial hop flavor and aroma from Cascade hops, a hop that many would argue is the embodiment of American hops. Not too high in alcohol and pleasantly hoppy without being too bitter, Chico Suave is a perfect beer for any time or season and pleases every time!
Our Classic Dry stout is the genre of Guinness Draught or Murphy's stouts which are light in body and just roasty enough. Almost a dark session ale.
Original Gravity: 1.042 - 1.046
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 3.9 - 4.5%
Intl. Bittering Units (IBUs): 32 - 42
A simple specialty grain bill of wheat, chocolate and 60L paired with 6 hop additions of Cacade and Nugget makes for a hoppy brown ale that is bigger than the sum of its parts. This kit is Frank Petrarca's award-winning recipe from the Great Fermentations Brown Ale Competition. Savor the flavor!
A Belgian tripel style ale - golden in color with plenty of peppery spiciness coupled with a soft malt character. This ale can be enjoyed fresh, but surely improves with age! Two pounds of clear candi sugar help to push the original gravity on this beer while maintaining a medium body. The candi sugar, the phenols from the yeast and the high carbonation contribute to a crisp, dry finish that awakens the palate. Three additions of Tettnang hops at 60, 30 and 45 minutes add just enough hop bitterness to cut through the alcohol. Either Wyeast Belgian Abbey Ale, #1214 or Trappist Ale, #3787 are good choices. Pitch yeast in the 65F range and let the temperature ramp up into the low 70s during fermentation to avoid fusel alcohols and encourage some fruitiness. due to the higher original gravity, we suggest using a yeast starter. A blow-off tube might also be a good idea.
The perfect Scottish session ale! 12 Penny is a hit beer from Flat 12, who has graciously collaborated with us to bring you a kit that you can take home, make and enjoy. A plethora of specialty grains make this beer complex, yet a low ABV means that you can have a couple in a session and not be down for the count! Using Scottish ale yeast is recommended, and an extended fermentation at cooler temperatures will make this beer much like those you'd find at a pub in the Scottish highlands. Brew this one up for your friends and turn them on to the fabulous world of malty session ales!