Q: I’m looking at the Christmas ale clone kit and I’m confused. I’ve only brewed kits where everything is included. Do I have to pick a yeast and priming sugar or are those just upgrades?
A: Yeast and priming sugar would need to be added from the drop down menu. We leave these ax optional and don’t roll them into the cost so you are only charged for them if you need them. Some brewers recycle yeast or keg their beer not requiring the yeast and sugar by default
Q: I ordered this K99-1225, then requested and received a PDF of the instructions in advance of delivery. The OG, FG, Color and ABV are widely different between the two sets of instructions. All other info appears to be the same, and the Extract Recipe # is K99-1225 on both.
The numbers before the slash are from the emailed instructions. The numbers after the slash are per the instructions in the kit as delivered.
OG-1.037/1.072, FG-1.009/1.018, Color-5.13/30.98, ABV-3.58/6.99.
My guess is the instructions that came with the kit have the correct numbers. Please verify. Thanks
A: The recipe shipped with the kit may have been a version captured from our system before the recipe was completed in pdf format, The 2nd one shipped having the higher values, as listed on the site specs will be what is recommended for the kit and should be used for the brewday
Q: Are the grains ready to steep when they arrive?
A: We do pre crack and ship the grains in a muslin bag ready for steeping when they arrive
Q: I made this brew and opened the first bottle to find it tastes like a straight up ginger beer. The other flavors are lost somehow. To get ahead of things for the holiday season I bought a second kit and brewed it 3 weeks later. It is sitting in secondary right now but on a sample through my thief, it tastes like straight ginger beer..all other flavors are lost.
I added all the spices per the schedule...honey, cinnamon sticks, ginger, etc and it tastes like ginger beer.
Two kits I feel like throwing away...what could have happened?
A: Ginger can be a very dominating flavor profile to some brewers pallets and what might be a very over the top profile to one, maybe very subdued to another. If the batch has not yet been bottled an additional steep with the other ingredients to boost their flavor profile in the batch can still be done to balance the flavors out with the ginger. the alcohol in the beer in secondary will help to strip away the flavors from the other spices and about 1oz of each would be recommended to try out
Q: The recipe calls for a second fermentation. If I am not adding any dry hops is this still needed? Can I just rack it into my keg and start the carbonation?
A: a secondary would be recommended to aid in clarity but can be bypassed to bottle or keg so long as the batch is at its finished gravity
Q: How long does it take to brew the Great Lakes Christmas ale?
A: your brewday will likely be about 3-4 hours and from brew to bottle is about 4 weeks on this kit
Q: I bought this and brewed it yesterday. I found out after I was done (sealed in fermenter with yeast) I forgot to add the honey in the last 5 minutes of the boil. I had it in the kitchen sink in hot water. I opened the fermenter right back up and stirred in the honey and closed it back up. Is this okay? Did the honey need the heat to pasteurize or sanitize?
A: This should be alright as the Honey typically has high enough of a Sugar content to stave off any harmful bacteria from forming. The ideal method after the boil would be to make the Honey into a simple syrup to sterilize it on the stove top. but shouldn't post risk for concern in this case
Q: Hello - buying a Christmas present for a home brewer and am looking for some advice. I'm looking to pick up the clone of Great Lakes Christmas Ale Extract kit. I know I'm supposed to get liquid yeast, but was hoping you could offer a suggestion if one is better than the other? I know I'm also supposed to get irish moss too, but not sure what other options / ad-ons are necessary? I love drinking beer I just don't know anything about making it! Appreciate the help. - Dan
A: BEeween the two liquid yeasts, either would produce a grat finished beer. I myself am more partial to the White Labs offering for this beer, but thats subjective to the brewer. IRish moss acts as a clearifying agent in theboil so its recceomended to help with clarity, but is optional. Other than yeast the reaminder of the kit will ship ready to brew. Thebottles caps, priming sugar and other add ons are there in the instance then brewer needs them and has not stocked up on those products if they needed