Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale Beer Kit

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Your Label Peelers Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale Original Beer Kit never sits on a shelf. Your grains are crushed to order. Your ingredients are packed fresh and you don't pay for a flashy box. It's all about providing you with the freshest ingredients for you to make your best beer.

Step into the shadowy depths of flavor with our Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale kit. This isn't your average brew; it's a tantalizing journey into the heart of darkness, where spices and malts dance in a complex ballet of taste.

Imagine, if you will, a brew that's been kissed by the night itself. The 6 lbs. of Dark Dry Malt Extract in this kit is the backbone of this beer, providing a rich, roasted character that's as deep and mysterious as a moonless night.

Your journey continues with 1 lb. of 2-Row Brewer's Malt, a staple in the brewing world, known for its mild, sweet flavor. It's the perfect counterpoint to the 1 lb. of Chocolate Malt, which adds a hint of cocoa and coffee notes to your brew, making it as enticing as a secret whispered in the dark.

The 8 oz. of Roasted Barley and 4 oz. of Black Malt are the shadows that give this beer its depth, adding a touch of dryness and a hint of bitterness. They're the perfect companions to the 3 oz. of Fuggle Hops, which balance out the sweetness and add a layer of earthy and woody undertones.

But what's a journey without a little spice? The 1 oz. of Star Anise and 1 oz. of Licorice Root are the stars of this show, adding a unique twist to your brew. They infuse your beer with a sweet, slightly spicy flavor that's as intriguing as a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

Brewing the Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale is like stepping into a thrilling novel, where each sip reveals a new layer of the story. And just like a good book, this beer gets better with time. Aging it will enhance its complexity, making each sip a revelation.

So, are you ready to embark on this brewing adventure? With the Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale kit, you're not just making beer; you're crafting a narrative of flavor that's as dark and enticing as a moonlit night. Brew one up today and let your taste buds explore the delicious mysteries of the dark.

ABV: 6.4% - 6.8%
IBU: 43
SG: 1.066
FG: 1.015
SRM: 49

***Spice Pack: 1 oz. Star Anise and 1 oz. Licorice Root***


- 6 lbs. Dark Dry Malt Extract
- 1 lb. 2-Row Brewer's Malt
- 1 lb. Chocolate Malt
- 8 oz. Roasted Barley
- 4 oz. Black Malt
- 3 oz. Fuggle Hops
- 1 oz. Star Anise
- 1 oz. Licorice Root
- Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet
- 1 Packet of Dry Yeast (Nottingham Ale)


- 60 minutes: 2 oz. Fuggle Hops (Bittering)
- 30 minutes: 1 oz. Fuggle Hops (Flavor)


1. Heat 2-3 gallons of water to 155°F.
2. Place grains in a grain bag and steep in the hot water for 30 minutes.
3. Remove the grain bag and discard.
4. Stir in the dry malt extracts and mix until evenly dissolved.
5. Bring wort to a rolling boil.
6. Add the hops according to the hop schedule.
7. Boil for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. At 15 minutes add Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet. Using the second muslin bag, add your spice pack and allow to steep for the remaining 15 minutes of the boil.
9. Terminate boil and cool the wort to 70°F.
10. Transfer the wort to a fermenter and top off with cold water to 5 gallons.
11. Pitch the yeast and seal the fermenter.
12. Ferment at 68-70°F for 10-14 days. (Or until fermentation is complete)
13. Transfer to a bottling bucket and stir in 5 oz. priming sugar. Mix until evenly distributed and bottle your beer.
14. Once bottled, allow 2 weeks for carbonation in a cool, dark room. Enjoy!


If you are making a beer kit for the first time, an equipment kit is a great and low-stress way to get all the equipment you need to make your Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale

This Brewer's Best Equipment Kit is top of the line and comes complete for a beginner brewer.

  • Equipment kit includes: 
  • 6.5 Gallon "Ale Pail" Primary Fermenter with Grommeted Lid 
  • 6.5 Gallon "Ale Pail" Bottling Bucket with Spigot 
  • Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser 
  • Auto-Siphon 
  • 5 Gallon Glass Carboy 
  • Plastic Paddle
  • Carboy Brush
  • Hydrometer
  • Liquid Crystal Thermometer
  • Bottle Brush
  • Black Beauty Capper
  • Econolock
  • Drilled Bung
  • Lab Thermometer
  • Bottle Filler
  • Siphon Hose with Shut-off Clamp
  • IO-Star
  • 20 qt. Brew Pot
  • Equipment Instructions

star sanSanitizer and Spray Bottle

Good sanitation practices are absolutely fundamental to good beer making. Five Star San is the premier sanitizer you will need to make your Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale beer kit. A great practice for extra protection is to have a spray bottle filled with sanitizing solution so you can re-sanitize everything that touches or goes near your beer. Sanitation is much more difficult with beer than wine because beer has a higher pH. Wine's high acidity makes bacterial infection less likely but with beer, one small mishap can cost you your batch. 

amber beer bottleBottles

When your Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale is done, you will need bottles. This standard 12 ounce bottle is a good choice. You will need 54 for a 5 gallon batch. Bottles do not come with caps.

5 gallon glass carboy


The 5 gallon carboy pictured here is the standard size for any beer kit. If you have never worked with a carboy, it is important to know they should not be moved full without a carboy handle or a carrier. 

brew-pot.pngBrew Pots

The pot pictured is an 8 gallon pot that is perfect for any beer kit or a standard 5 gallon batch. 

wart-chiller.pngWort Chillers and Thermometers

Wort Chillers and Thermometers are long term investments. It is important to chill your Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale wort quickly. The quicker you chill it the stronger the cold break will be. You also need a good thermometer that reads fast temperature fluctuations.  


Auto-siphons are a great luxury item to have in your brew equipment. Once you have one you will never go without it again. Don't forget to use a heavy duty sanitizer to clean it since you don't want to replace it as often as hoses. A good sanitizer for that job is Five Star San. 


The fermenter pictured here is standard for a 5 gallon beer kit.


 Many people reuse their hoses for far too long. Replacing your hoses often or even using as single use items is highly recommended with beer making. Hoses are very hard to clean and beer is very susceptible to bacterial infection. You do not want to risk losing your  Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale over a few feet of unsanitary hose. 


Pouring your wort into a carboy can be tricky. Use a big funnel made just for the job. They even have different mesh screens to remove particles. 


It is recommended to replace airlocks often. Because they never physically touch the beer, the sanitation risk is too often overlooked. Bacteria can spread without physical contact in a closed environment and plastic stubbornly harbors bacteria.   

6.5 stopperStoppers and Bungs 

Bungs and stoppers should also be periodically replaced. They can dry out and harbor bacteria. 

 carboy brushCarboy Brush

Keeping your carboy clean before and after use is key to avoid bacterial infection in your beer. A carboy brush is a great tool to get into those nooks and crannies. 

bottle-washer.pngStainless Steel Carboy and Bottle Washer

Stainless Steel Carboy and Bottle Washer is a convenient way of cleaning your bottles and/or carboys.  This high quality tool will come in handy.  Hooks up straight to your faucet with the bottle washer adapter (#4804) and puts out plenty of pressure to clean those stubborn stains from beer bottles that have been sitting around. 

bottle capperCapper

When you bottle your Aphotic Licorice Spiced Ale, you will need to cap your bottles. This capper is inexpensive, easy to use and does not require attaching to a counter. It has a magnet to hold the cap in place.  





Until the 15th century, Bavarian brewers used rye malt to make beer. However, due to a series of poor harvests, the Reinheitsgebot was passed, which stated that only barley could be used for beer production and rye was to be reserved for baking bread. As a result, Roggenbier was not seen for almost 500 years.