Hop Head Red Recipe

Hop Head Red

Hop Head Red (8.5 litres)

The flavour of this beer is intense, like the red glow of a morning sunrise. The full bodied flavour and the moderately strong alcohol content warms you all the way down, like a sunrise warming your face.


  • 1.3kg Bewitched Amber Ale
  • 250g Smooth Malt Extract
  • 250g Coopers Brewing Sugar
  • 12g Willamette Hop Pellets
  • Pack of Carbonation Drops


  • Colour: Mahogany
  • Body: Medium
  • Bitterness: Med/Low
  • Approx. Alcohol Level: 6.8% ABV
  • Naturally Carbonated: Natural


Step 1: Mix

Clean and sanitise all equipment that will come in contact with the brew. In a 2 litre pan, mix the Smooth Malt Extract with 500ml of water and bring to the boil. Add the Willamette Hop Pellets and boil for 10mins. Remove from heat and cool the pan in a sink of iced water. Strain the cooled malt/hop mix into the Fermenting Vessel (FV). Add the Bewitched Amber Ale and Brewing Sugar to the FV. Fill the FV with cold water to the 8.5 litre mark. Sprinkle the yeast and fit the lid.

Step 2: Brew

Place the FV in a location out of direct sunlight and try to ferment between 20C-24C. Fermentation should take 7 to 14 days. At around day 7 check the specific gravity (SG). Check the SG again the following day and so on.

Step 3: Bottle

The brew is ready once the SG has stabilised over a couple of days. Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top. Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps. Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C

Step 4: Enjoy

After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the bottles. Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age. When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright. The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind. Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 6.8 %ABV

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