Red Ryder Christmas Ale Beer Kit

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Your Label Peelers Red Ryder Christmas 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 Red Ryder Christmas Ale is your personal sleigh ride to a winter wonderland of home brewing! This all-inclusive beer kit is like Santa's sack, brimming with everything you need to create a festive and flavorful holiday ale that will have your guests jingling all the way.

The Red Ryder Christmas Ale is a medium-bodied beer that pours like liquid rubies, shimmering with the warmth of a crackling Yule log. The aroma is a symphony of toasty malt and spicy holiday notes, evoking memories of gingerbread houses and cinnamon-scented evenings. Each sip reveals a treasure trove of flavors, from rich caramel and toffee to the dark fruits reminiscent of a Christmas pudding. The hop profile is like a perfectly balanced tightrope walker, adding just the right amount of bitterness to keep your taste buds dancing.

The holiday spices are the secret elves in this brew, adding layers of complexity and intrigue to each sip. The yeast energizer and Irish moss combo packet work their magic behind the scenes, ensuring a smooth and creamy finish that's as comforting as a warm blanket on a snowy night.

So, gather your friends and family, and raise a toast to the season with Red Ryder Christmas Ale. Let the flavors of the holiday spirit fill your home and your heart, and make this year's celebration one to remember! 

  • ABV: 9.4%
  • IBU: 92
  • SG: 1.091
  • FG: 1.019
  • SRM: 24


- 8 lbs. Light Dry Malt Extract
- 1 lb. Belgian Candi Sugar (Dark)
- 1 lb. Crystal Malt (60L)
- 2 lb. Munich Malt
- 1 lb. Cara-Pils Malt
- 8oz. Crystal 80L Malt
- 1 oz. Magnum Hops (Bittering)
- 1 oz. Cascade Hops (Flavor)
- 1 oz. Cascade Hops (Aroma)
- 1 Holiday Spice Packet
- 1 Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet
- 1 package of American Ale Yeast (US-05)

Hop Schedule   

- 60 minutes: 1 oz. Magnum (Bittering)
- 15 minutes: 1 oz. Cascade Hops (Flavor)
- 5 minutes: 1 oz. Cascade Hops (Aroma)


1. Bring at least 3.5 G of water up to 160 degrees F and sparge specialty grains in muslin bag for a minimum of 20 minutes. Then          remove bag of grains pouring hot water over them and discard the muslin bag with the specialty grains. Do not squeeze bag.

2. Bring  water to a boil in a large pot.

3. Turn off the heat and add the 8 lbs. of Light Dry Malt Extract and 1 lb Belgian Candi Sugar, stirring until completely dissolved.

4. Turn the heat back on and bring the wort to a boil.

5. Once boiling, add 1 oz. of Magnum Hops (Bittering) and boil for 60 minutes.

6. After 30 minutes, add the 'holiday spice pack' in the muslin bag provided.

7. After 45 minutes, add Yeast Nutrient / Irish Moss Combo Pack and 1 oz. Cascade Hops.

8. After 55 minutes, add 1 oz. of Cascade Hops (Flavor).

9. Turn off the heat and cool the wort to 70°F.

10. Transfer the wort to a fermenter and add cold water to reach a total of 5 gallons.

11. Pitch the yeast and seal the fermenter.

12. Ferment at 68°F for 2-3 weeks.

13. After 2-3 weeks, rack the beer to a secondary fermenter and let it condition for 2 more weeks.

14. Bottle or keg your beer with the priming sugar and allow 4 weeks to condition, 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 Red Ryder Christmas 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 Red Ryder Christmas 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 Red Ryder Christmas 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 Cryo Bout It IPA 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 Red Ryder Christmas 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 Red Ryder Christmas 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.  





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