Cherry-O Cognac Barrel Ale Beer Kit

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Your Label Peelers Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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.

Your Cherry-O Cognac Barrel Ale beer kit is a journey into the world of sophisticated brewing, where you'll create an amber-colored ale that's as rich in flavor as it is in color.

Your brew begins with 6 lbs. of Amber Dry Malt Extract, the backbone of your beer, lending a sweet caramel flavor that's as inviting as it is delicious. Next, you'll add 1 lb. of 2 Row Brewer’s Malt, a staple in any brewer's pantry, enhancing the body and depth of your beer.

But we're just getting started. You'll also incorporate 8 oz. of Caramel 60L Malt, which deepens the amber hue and adds a layer of caramel sweetness. To balance this, 8 oz. of Carapils Malt is included, ensuring your beer has a well-rounded, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Now, let's talk hops. You'll be adding 1 oz. of Northern Brewer Hops, known for their earthy, piney, and floral characteristics. But we're not stopping there. You'll also toss in 2 oz. of El Dorado Hops, which infuse your brew with notes of mango and cherry, adding a tropical twist to your ale.

The pièce de résistance? A generous 4 oz. of Cherry Flavoring and 4 oz. of Cognac Oak Chips. These additions elevate your beer from homemade to artisanal, adding a hint of sophistication to this classic beer style. The cherry flavoring adds a sweet, fruity note, while the cognac oak chips infuse your brew with a subtle, refined complexity.

So, are you ready to take your brewing to the next level? With the Cherry-O Cognac Barrel Ale beer kit, you're not just making beer; you're crafting an experience. Cheers to your brewing adventure!

ABV: 5.2% - 5.6%
IBU: 39
SG: 1.055
FG: 1.014
SRM: 13


- 6 lbs. Amber Dry Malt Extract
- 1 lb. 2 Row Brewer’s Malt
- 8 oz. Caramel 60L Malt
- 8 oz. Carapils Malt
- 1 oz. Northern Brewer Hops
- 2 oz. El Dorado Hops
- 4 oz. Cherry Flavoring
- 4 oz. of Cognac Oak Chips
- Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet
- 1 Packet of Dry Yeast (Lallemand Nottingham)


- 60 minutes: 1 oz. Northern Brewer Hops (Bittering)
- 5 minutes: 2 oz. El Dorado Hops (Aroma / Flavor)


1. Heat 2-3 gallons of water to 155°F.
2. Place grains in a muslin 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 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. 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 5-7 days.
13. Transfer to a secondary fermenter on top of your 4 oz. Cognac Chips. Let this sit in secondary fermentation for another 10-14 days.
14. Transfer to a bottling bucket and stir in 5 oz. priming sugar and 4 oz. of Cherry flavoring. 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 Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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 Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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 Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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 Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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  Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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 Cherry-O Cognac Barrel 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.  





Due to the numerous grievances concerning the quality of imported hops, King James I of England passed an Act of Parliament in 1603 to prohibit the adulteration of hops, which had been costing the subjects of the realm an estimated £20,000 annually and endangering their health.