Summer Surprise Ale Home Brewing Beer Kit

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  • Price: $39.99
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Summer in California can be arid, hot, and still, the rolling hills covered with tinder-dry golden grass and stubbornly green oak trees. The late afternoon heat is always dry and sometimes seems to shimmer in waves.  About the only living thing you might see is a rattlesnake, who love to lie exposed in the hot sun. What is striking is the sound, or lack of sound; when you sit down at the end of a long day like this you hear nothing, or maybe the ringing chirp of a cricket. What sort of beer is needed in a spot like this?

Summer Surprise Ale is a hybrid, a beer with an American malt and corn base, fermented with selected Belgian Ale Yeast. The result is a delicate malt corn flavor balanced with selected noble hops, with a touch of spice in the finish from the Belgian yeast culture. This is a beer to be served cold in the shade, a little different from your usual light Summer beer but very refreshing. Alcohol 5.5%, IBU’s 24.
 Includes 8 lbs. of our blended malt/corn extract, flavoring and  aromatic hops, 125 ml of liquid ale yeast, and sugar for carbonation. Because it has liquid Belgian yeast, it can be fermented at temperatures as high as 76 degrees F.  Makes 5 gallons with a starting gravity of at least 1.054. Ease of Brewing: Beginner.

Click to download the instructions in pdf format.

Note: One of our previous paper catalogs said this kit includes a German Wheat Yeast Culture.  However, we have test brewed this again after the print deadline, and find the Belgian ale yeast gives the best character and slight touch of spice.

Average rating 9.14285714285714 out of 10 ( based on 7 reviews )

Summer Surprise

Review by Andrew on 9/3/2014

Good clean flavors and well balanced. It turned out to be a very fruity (almost fruity pebbles). Reminds me of leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat.

Summer surprise

Review by Harry on 9/6/2014

An excellent summer brew. Easy to brew and great tasting. I look forward to sitting on the deck drinking this brew with friends.

Interesting mix

Review by Ken Byington on 9/10/2014

The Belgian yeast makes this beer different and interesting. Great light summer beer.

Wonderful Summer Beer

Review by vickie on 9/21/2014

This is a wonderful summer beer. I used this kit to keg for the first time. It turned out great. Tastes like a Blue Moon some. I shared some with my (non-craft drinking) friends and they loved it. Now they want me to keg them some. I love these kits. They are so easy and turn out so very good. I will be ordering another kit.

Good, can get better

Review by Randy Fitzgerald on 1/9/2015

Liked the product, it was nice and crisp, however could use just a bit more hops to make it an excellent drink.

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Apr 24, 2018 by Otto

Q: What yeast is included in this kit?

A: Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey

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