Big Red One - ARCHIVED

Big Red One - ARCHIVED is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
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Dark amber in color and rich in flavor, this "big brew" will give you a warming sensation all the way down. At around 8% ABV, it's the type of beer that we like to call a "stay-at-home" beer. Because it's so complex, give this brew about 6 months to...

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Dark amber in color and rich in flavor, this "big brew" will give you a warming sensation all the way down. At around 8% ABV, it's the type of beer that we like to call a "stay-at-home" beer. Because it's so complex, give this brew about 6 months to condition. It's worth the wait.

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract
  • 1 Can Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract
  • 2 Packets Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extracts)
  • 1 Packet US-05 Safale Dry Ale Yeast
  • 1 1/2 oz. Packet Cascade Pellet Hops
  • 1 1/2 oz. Packet Willamette Pellet Hops
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

WARNING: Due to the large amount of malt, your keg may overflow or explode! Maintaining proper fermentation temperatures towards the lower end of the yeasts range is key to preventing this problem. (See brewing instructions for details).

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.082 (approx.) -- FG: 1.020 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Hoppy
  • ABV (alc/vol): 8.3%
  • SRM (Color): 18
  • IBU (Bitterness): 49
  • BJCP Style: 22. Strong American Ale - 22A. Double IPA

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew&shying Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 6 - 9 Months = 8 - 11 Months

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Big Red One Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract
  • 1 Can Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract
  • 2 Packets Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extracts)
  • 1 Packet US-05 Safale Dry Ale Yeast
  • 1 1/2 oz. Packet Cascade Pellet Hops
  • 1 1/2 oz. Packet Willamette Pellet Hops
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

WARNING: Due to the large amount of malt, your keg may overflow or explode! Maintaining proper fermentation temperatures towards the lower end of the yeasts range is key to preventing this problem. (See brewing instructions for details).

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.082 (approx.) -- FG: 1.020 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Hoppy
  • ABV (alc/vol): 8.3%
  • SRM (Color): 18
  • IBU (Bitterness): 49
  • BJCP Style: 22. Strong American Ale - 22A. Double IPA

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew&shying Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 6 - 9 Months = 8 - 11 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)


NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

 

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation. 

    1. Remove the yeast packets from under the lids of the cans of Brewing Extract, they're not needed for this recipe, then place the unopened cans in hot tap water.
    2. Place contents of both packets of the pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material. 
    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, add in hop sack, then remove from heat
    4. Open the Brewing Extracts, pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. 
    5. Fill keg with cold tap water to the 4-quart mark on the back.
    6. Pour the wort, including the hop sack, into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the 8.5-quart mark by adding more cold water. You'll leave the hop sack in the wort for the duration of fermentation. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk. 
    7. Sprinkle ONLY the Safale US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 
    8. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 59° and 75° F (15°-24° C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.
    9. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface. 

Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. 

After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process. 

Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Rated 5 out of 5 by Nads from A great beer I was able to get this beer on sale, and with a 10% off, so it made it resonable over the $40 it normally is. The keg didn't leak like warned which was great due to the high malt. I wanted to try the beer so bad after tasting the product after fermenting, that after a week of bottling it, I gave in and opened one. It definitley needs more aging to mellow out and become more complex, but the flavors and quality were like nothing I've had before with Mr. Beer. So good and complex, high quality, and for anyone who enjoys a good beer, they will love you. Well done Mr. Beer for making my money worth while.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by PeteyK from Best of the Recipes I have made! I am learning a golden rule of thumb at my house. If I love the taste of a recipe when I first sample (usually two weeks after carbonating), it will only improve with time. This All-American Gold is so good, between me drinking it and sharing it with friends, the beer is almost gone...AND I STILL HAVE TWO WEEKS LEFT OF CONDITIONING! I can't imagine how incredible this beer would be if I was more patient. All-American Gold is a perfect summertime brew; for yardwork, camping, beach, or just having a backyard BBQ party. Thank goodness I have three LBKs. I am going to have many, many gallons available for next summer. I checked the "conditioning time" as a Con but it's only because it takes so long. Trust me - after two weeks, this beer is better than anything you have in the fridge now.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by mjc925 from Big Red One - very complex flavor First this is a review for Big Red One, since it looks like some reviews are actually for different brews. I brewed this pretty much as directed, except for adding 2 oz of Carapils for a bit of improved mouthfeel. Fermented 21 days at average 66 degrees (+cold crash 3 days). OG 1.083 FG 1.020 (~8.27 ABV) (no spillover in LBK). Conditioned for about 7 months before even trying it. This is a very complex tasting, different sort of beer. Definitely not a lawnmower or chugging beer, think a sipping on a cool evening beer. Malty more than hoppy, but not out of balance (the wheat extract compliments the Amber well). Closest thing in a craft beer I can put my finger on is some of those high end beers brewed in old bourbon casks. Defiantly a fun beer to make, unique flavor. Give to a friend and they are not quite sure what to make of it. Downsides are long lead time and very expensive (watch for sales like I did). Still have some left and just mellowing and improving with age. So start it in the Spring for a great beer the following winter, not a summer beer!
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by PeteK from GREAT Summertime Brew! I have read the term "lawnmower beer". That is a PERFECT description! Even though I still have another week of conditioning for my brew, I had finished my chores and thought I would give it a try. WOW! Beautiful pale color (some other recipes came out darker than described), nice head on top and DELICIOUS! A very refreshing beer with a little "kick". I finished my liter but will do my best to wait another week. Can't wait to make many batches of this one for next summer!
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vakko from Solid Lager "A good, clean lager. Nice malty finish. Not very bitter nor hop aroma but a good beer nevertheless.I would make again with a dry hop. "
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by rogerlb from Imperial red with bourbon/ barrel flavors This one does take a long time, and you'd think something that's little more than Bewitched Amber and the Weissbier mixes together wouldn't end up being so complex. Medium amber look, similar to the picture. (Most of my mrbeer brews are always darker than the pictures). Aroma is malt, and the taste is a dance between the amber and the weissbier. Both are obvious - light and malty blend to make a nuanced malty drink that nods towards barleywine. And the surprise, which user mjc925 mentioned below, is how it has a bourbon-barrel-aged taste to it. Very interesting element with no addition of wood. Tastes a bit sticky at the end and boozy, and packs a bit of a punch when you're into your 2nd one. This is a great bigger beer than you might expect, closer to barleywine than to "strong ale". Almost no bitterness or citrus makes it very unike most DIPAs. And I'm sorry to see this one's been archived -- I guess it was not popular. You can still build it with off-the-shelf ingredients
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Krieg from Best Beer I've ever made! I brewed this beer up last year, and let it condition for about 11 months. I tried it last Christmas. I have to say, it was the best beer I've brewed yet. Taste is fantastic. The hardest part is the waiting...but it is worth it!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by ericthered from Tiger Tiger Everything was great. This mix arrived as planned and was immediately put into the fermenter. The instructions were clear and concise. I would have liked a more robust hop bite, but over all I'm very pleased with the results.
Date published: 2015-05-02
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