Rose's Rambling Irish Red

Rose's Rambling Irish Red is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 29.
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A new take on a perennial favorite! The original recipe was submitted by a loyal customer in Michigan, and gained quite a following over the years. We've reformulated to keep the integrity of the recipe alive, but with a new twist. Still lusciously malty, perfectly balanced with hops and full flavored, it will surely (don't call me Shirley, I'm Rose) become one of your new favorites!

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    What You Get

    1 Oktoberfest Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Smooth

    2 Packets of Booster

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.055

    Final Gravity: 1.014

    ABV: 5.5%

    SRM: (Color): 14

    IBU: (Bitterness): 21

    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 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 solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow 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 top of keg, proceed immediately to 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 can of Brewing Extract,then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, mix in the 2 packets of Booster, stir untill dissolved and bring the mixture to a boil then remove from heat.

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract, BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    7. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 14 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 (17 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 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 using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    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 to sit 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.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Repeat Purchase After 5+ years of brewing with Mr. Beer, Rose's Rambling Irish Red ale remains one of my favorite Mr. Beer recipes. Perfect amount of bitterness. Easy to drink. Robust taste with the perfect blend of hops and malt. Most of my bottles poured a nice head with a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. I love having this one in the fall for football season. Enjoy!
    Date published: 2020-10-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Frankjak from Rose Is Growing on Me| I am not used to drinking a beer as malty as Rose, but after my second bottle I do like it. I fermented for 3 weeks carbonated for 4 weeks. The head was decent, but disappeared in about 30 seconds. The SRM was closer to 20. A good beer, but I will try others before I consider doing again.
    Date published: 2018-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bret from Best Recipe Yet I have been brewing with Mr Beer for about a year now. Tried about 8 different recipes, all good, but this Red is great. Beautiful color, Great flavor. Not too hoppy. Definitely will brew again!
    Date published: 2017-03-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by the beer doc from Good malty taste This is a very good brew. The only minor complaint I have is the Mt Hood hops do not give it much of a hop finish. I will brew again and try Cascade hops. I will let you know the result.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from just ok Excellent brew ...although I have been a long time brewer not too fond of the changes of late in the recipe ingredients...and NOW you don't sell GLASS BOTTLES ...
    Date published: 2020-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by The Blas from Awesome beer! I didn't think it could get better than The Bee's Knees, but Rose's Rambling Red is my new favorite! Great taste and great flavor! Give it a try.
    Date published: 2016-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Military30 from This is one of my favorites! This is one of my favorite brews! I was extremely pleased with the flavor and have ordered another one! I will be brewing this one often!
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by D Knight from Rose's Rambling Irish Red I've been conditioning this for 4 weeks. So far quite good. I'll be trying a bottle every week until I get it at the best flavor.
    Date published: 2020-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by RickBeer from Makes Oktoberfest much better I made this exactly as the recipe states. It takes Oktoberfest, which is mediocre, and makes it much better. I'd make this again.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Will P from Irish red review Very simple recipe to follow for a great brew. Could already tell from tasting before bottling that this will be a great home brew
    Date published: 2020-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeM from This is a great Ale I really enjoyed Rose's Rambling Red. I've only brewed it once, but I'm already planning on my next batch with it.
    Date published: 2017-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by HenryMac from Smooth and full body beer This is great beer - smooth, full body for a red ale. It is one of my favorites.
    Date published: 2020-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Fernie from Rousing Red Good red color. Clean and refreshing taste. Probably will brew again.
    Date published: 2020-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by cisco138 from Good recipe Bottled conditioned for 3 months before trying. Nice malt flavor.
    Date published: 2016-01-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Megan from Yummy Very good body and taste - great flavor. Would recommend!
    Date published: 2020-06-08
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