India Pale Ale Home Brewing Beer Kit

  • Item #K12
  • Price: $44.99
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India Pale Ale was first brewed by the British in the late 19th century as a stronger version of their pale ale. With enough alcohol and hop oil (natural preservatives) to survive the long sea voyage to their then colony of India, India Pale Ale arrived in fine shape to slake the thirst and warm the senses of transplanted Britishers, who found themselves in a hot and dusty land without a pub in sight. Alcohol: 5.1%, IBU's 46.

Includes 8 3/4 lbs. of our blended malt extract, English Fuggle and Hallertau hops, 125 ml of liquid ale yeast, and corn sugar for carbonation. Makes 5 gallons of hearty ale with a starting gravity of at least 1.054. Ease of Brewing: Beginner

Click to download the instructions in pdf format.

This shows our India Pale Ale after 4 weeks in the bottle.
Average rating 8.76 out of 10 ( based on 25 reviews )

Smooth IPA

Review by Daniel Church on 7/29/2021

I was concerned when I did not get any bubbling of the water seal during fermentation. But it turned out great! A very drinkable, smooth IPA. Not too hoppy.

First Beer Brewed

Review by Robert on 5/21/2016

This was the first beer I ever brewed. It's a good one. You can certainly replace the priming sugar / bottling process for a keg, which is actually much easier and time saving in my opinion. But whichever you choose, this recipe is nice.

2bad batches

Review by John Keyes on 9/12/2014

My first batch of India pale ale was good . 2subsequent batches were terrible. The last batch was so bad I poured the whole thing down the drain after my wife agreed it was unthinkable.

good beer

Review by Emmertainer on 4/13/2013

All of my friends liked this beer (even ones that don't care for IPA's). I thought it was good at best and it was not what I was expecting. I was told this is more of a "traditional" style English IPA, while I am used to a more Americanized, hoppy IPA. The last kit I did was Wms. American IPA, which was very good and I'd recommend that over this one. I won't do this one again, but none of the beer is going to waste, either.

Very Nice Beer!

Review by John on 10/6/2012

This beer has grown on me! I've got it kegged and I'm really gonna' miss it when its gone...and yes...I'll brew it again! Its nicely balanced...maybe a bit more "malty" than I'm used to in an IPA...and it does lack hop "bitterness" that I tend to associate with the style...but wow...its good! This was my first Williams Brewing kit...and I was pleased...very nicely packaged, clear instructions, etcc.

Oct 30, 2022 by Joey Christman

Q: Hi…Williams.. Can you guys modify this kit with 10 lbs of malt extract for a stronger higher gravity IPA? Would I need more hops and more yeast to modify this recipe? Also do I need to buy steep grains and malts to go with this kit?

A: The kits are boxed and sealed, but we have a couple suggestions.
1. Order our K62 Double IPA Kit as this is a stronger IPA and more like what you are shooting for.
2. Order the K12 India Pale Ale and also order 1 to 2 pounds of M05 dry malt extract to add. Then order 1 pack of H01 Cascade hops, and add one additional ounce of pellet hops after 45 minutes, 15 minutes before the end of the boil.

Jul 30, 2022 by Al

Q: I am making a starter yeast. I am using a calculator. It asks for target pitch rate and have options of .35, .50, 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2.0. What is would I choose?

A: Higher is always better when pitching yeast. We find that the Wyeast pack if properly activated, is enough to ferment this beer, so even your .35 option will work fine.

Nov 24, 2021 by Jenny

Q: What else doI need beside this kit to get my husband started? What are we mixing this in? Recommendations for a first-timer, please!

A: You will need a Home Brewery, which has an option to buy this kit. See this link:

Apr 29, 2017 by Tom Z.

Q: Should I really use 3-4 gallons of water to start with?? I have a 10 gallon kettle and can easily accommodate the 6-7 gallons required to be left with 5 gallons at the end. What would you recommend? Starting with less water seems odd.

A: If you have a large kettle, start with 5½ gallons. You will end up with 4½ to 5 gallons, if under the 5 gallon mark, add water to make 5 gallons.

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