Big Henny Farmhouse Ale Beer Kit

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Your Label Peelers Big Henny Farmhouse 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 shoes of a seasoned brewer with our Big Henny Farmhouse Ale kit. This isn't just a beer kit, it's a journey into the heart of Belgian-style brewing, where malt and spice dance a tantalizing tango.

Imagine a beer with a robust personality, a thick boy if you will. The Big Henny Farmhouse Ale is a malt-forward marvel, with a spice character that's as intriguing as a mystery novel. This beer isn't a sprinter; it's a marathon runner, best enjoyed after a few months of aging. The result? A mature, rounded malt profile that will have your Belgian-style beer aficionado friends raising their glasses in salute.

Your taste buds will revel in the symphony of flavors, from the 6 lbs. of Pilsen Light Dry Malt Extract and 2 lbs. of Light Malt Extract that form the backbone of this brew, to the 2 lbs. of Light Candi Sugar that adds a touch of sweetness. The 1 lb. of Pilsen Malt, 8 oz. of Carapils Malt, 4 oz. of Roasted Barley, and 4 oz. of Black Malt create a complex, layered taste experience that's as satisfying as a gourmet meal.

But we're not done yet. The 1 oz. of Kent Golding Hops and 1 oz. of Czech Saaz Hops add a subtle bitterness, while the 1 oz. of Ginger Root and 1 oz. of Bitter Orange Peel bring a hint of spice that's as refreshing as a cool breeze on a hot day. The Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet and 1 Packet of Dry Yeast (SafBrew Abbaye BE-256) ensure a smooth, successful brewing process.

Whether you're savoring it as an after-dinner drink or pairing it with vanilla ice cream to complement its spice character, the Big Henny Farmhouse Ale is your ticket to a world of brewing adventure. So, why wait? Your Belgian-style brewing journey awaits.

ABV: 9.8%
IBU: 26
SG: 1.091
FG: 1.014
SRM: 7


- 6 lbs. Pilsen Light Dry Malt Extract
- 2 lbs. Light Malt Extract
- 2 lbs. Light Candi Sugar
- 1 lb. Pilsen Malt
- 8 oz. Carapils Malt
- 4 oz. Roasted Barley
- 4 oz. Black Malt
- 1 oz. Kent Golding Hops
- 1 oz. Czech Saaz Hops
- 1 oz. Ginger Root
- 1 oz. Bitter Orange Peel
- Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet
- 1 Packet of Dry Yeast (SafBrew Abbaye BE-256)


- 60 minutes: 1 oz East Kent Golding (Bittering)
- 10 minutes: 1 oz Czech Saaz Hops (Aroma)


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, sparge (rinse) with water into the kettle, and discard.
4. Stir in the dry malt extract and Candi Sugar until fully dissolved.
5. Bring your wort to a rolling boil.
6. Add the hops according to the hop schedule.
7. Boil for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. At the 15 minute hop addition also add the Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet.
9. With 10 minutes left in the boil, add the ginger root and bitter orange peel. (1 oz each).
10. Cool the wort to 70°F.
11. Transfer the wort to a fermenter and top off with cold water to 5 gallons. (This is a big beer so consider using a larger fermentor or a blow off tube to accommodate a vigorous fermentation.)
12. Pitch the yeast and seal the fermenter.
13. Ferment at 68-70°F for 10-14 days or until fermentation is complete.
14. Transfer to a bottling bucket and stir in 5 oz. priming sugar. Mix until evenly distributed and bottle your beer.
15. 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 Big Henny Farmhouse 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 Big Henny Farmhouse 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 Big Henny Farmhouse 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 Big Henny Farmhouse 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  Big Henny Farmhouse 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 Big Henny Farmhouse 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.  





In 1516, the Duke of Bavaria, William IV, instituted the Reinheitsgebot (purity law), a food-quality regulation still used in the 21st century, which stipulates that the only ingredients permissible in beer are water, hops, and barley-malt.