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Imperial Red IPA - Extract Recipe Kit

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One of our most popular and highly regarded recipes now available in the Imperial version! 

This recipe takes the best of the west coast hoppy red and American ambers but increases the hopping and alcohol levels to Double IPA strength. The result is a hoppy, bitter, and moderately strong beer like an American Double IPA, but with some caramel and toffee malt character with a distinct red color like an American amber. This makes our Imperial Red IPA is a little more flavorful than a traditional American IPA without being sweet or heavy. This beer is big, at 9%, but eminently drinkable. Firmly bitter, with tantalizing hops flavor and aroma, you'll love this beer. 

Due to the large amount of hops in the boil and the dry hops in the fermenter, we've formulated this recipe to have 5.5 gallons going into the fermenter. There will be some loss due to excessive hops particulates as well as some loss to dryhopping, so our recipe accounted for this. You should have 5 finished gallons when the beer is packaged. A secondary fermenter is not strictly necessary, but recommended due to the large amount of debris that will be in the primary fermenter. Racking to a new vessel and then dryhopping will make siphoning easier in the bottling/packaging phase. 

The last hop addition is a “steep/whirlpool” addition. Add the hops to the hot wort after the flame goes out, but before chilling. Hold (steep) the hops for 15 minutes,ideally in the 180 degree range (but more or less is ok!) then thoroughly chill the wort as usual. This recipe includes late additions of sugar, extract, and whirlpool hops. Make sure you have room in your pot at the end of the boil for these additions. 

This recipe is a “big” beer; that is a higher original gravity beer. For best results, a yeast starter should be made to ensure enough yeast cells to fully ferment this beer. Or, purchase multiple packages of yeast. A higher OG beer can ferment explosively if the temperature is uncontrolled, so for best flavor (and less chance of a blow off!) keep the fermentation on the low end of optimum temperatures if possible. Ideally, the fermenting beer temperature will be 66-68 degrees. 

All orders containing Liquid Yeast will be shipped with a complimentary ice pack to ensure safe shipping! 

Is this your first Homebrew Beer Recipe Kit? Check out our New to Brewing Guide to see a step by step road-map to brewing your first batch of beer!

Imperial Red IPA - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions, Click Here!

General Info: 

  • Batch Size: 5 Gallons
  • Mash at 150ºF
  • Fermentation Temp: 65-68 ºF
  • Est. Original Gravity: 1.082 SG
  • Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.014 SG
  • Est. Alcohol by Volume: 9.1%
  • Bitterness: 101 IBUs
  • Estimated Color: 13.7 SRM

Malts and Adjuncts: 

  • Light Dry Malt Extract
  • Munich Malt
  • Caramel/Crystal 60L
  • Caramel/Crystal 120L
  • Midnight Wheat
  • Corn Sugar


  • Columbus
  • Mosaic Hop Pellets
  • Amarillo