Crimson Knight Imperial Red Ale
Don't lie, at some point in your life you have wished for a Knight in shining armor to come and save you by giving an ice-cold beer in your moment of need. No? Maybe it's just me, but if a Knight was to come and save you, this is the beer you would want him to give you. An amazing imperial red ale coming in at over 8% ABV with all the malt and hop flavors you want in a beer. After a few of these, you might become the damsel in distress hoping for someone to bring you just one more glass.
What You Get
1 Golden Ale Brewing Extract (HME)
1 Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)
1 Packet of Booster
1 Packet of Crystal Malt 60
1 Packet of Northern Brewer Hops
2 Packets of Columbus Hops
1 Packet of Amarillo Hops
3 Muslin Hop Sacks
1 Packet of US-05 Dry Ale Yeast
1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser
For Fans Of
Oskar Blues G'Knight
Original Gravity: 1.084
Final Gravity: 1.016
SRM: (Color): 13
IBU: (Bitterness): 60
STEP 1: Sanitizing
Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:
1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.
2. Screw-on the lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak the solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener, and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the keg, proceed immediately to brewing.
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 packet from under the lid of the cans of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
2. Add the packet of grain to 1 muslin sack, and tie it closed so that the grain can flow freely within the sack.
3. Add 8 cups of water to your 1 gallon or larger boil pot and bring the water to a temperature range of 155-165 degrees and hold this range. Next, add the grain sack to the water in the pot and allow it to steep for 30 minutes, between 155-165 degrees.
4. While steeping, add the packet of Northern Brewer hops to the second muslin sack, and add the 2 packets of Columbus Hops to the third hopsack. Then tie them closed so that the hops have room to expand and flow freely within the sack.
5. After 30 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the grain sack and place it in a colander, over the pot and allow the runoff to flow back into the pot. Rinse the sack with one cup of hot water (around 160 degrees) again, allowing the runoff to flow back into the pot, DO NOT squeeze the grain sack, once drained, discard the grains.
6. Return the grain water back to the heat, add in the Booster and mix till it is dissolved. Bring this mixture to a low, rolling boil, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching. Once the boil is achieved, add in the hopsack with Northern Brewer hops and allow it to boil for 10 minutes.
7. Once 10 minutes have passed add in the hopsack with the Columbus Hops and remove the pot from the heat.
8. Open the cans of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
9. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.
10. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off to 8.5 liters)
11. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
12. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F, and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.
STEP 3: Adding Extras
Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer that will impart more flavor and aroma in your finished brew.
1. On day 14 of Fermentation you will add the remaining packet of Amarillo Hops. Using clean scissors open the packet of hops. Carefully remove the lid from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.
STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating
After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.
1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.
2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be used for bottling. Do not rinse.
4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.
5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.
6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation.
Tip from our Brewmasters
After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it.
This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.