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Biere de Garde - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
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The "Original Gatoraid", Bière de Garde was said to give the French and Belgian farmer a much needed boost of energy during the day, due to the low alcohol and relatively high residual sugar content. Our version has a bit more malt than tradition dictates, but we think you will find this beer highly drinkable. The malt is the focus of this style of beer, with a slight toasty nose from the Munich. A yeasty character is not uncommon, and is achieved by an extended period of contact with the yeast bed – some commercial breweries go for up to six weeks! This should be fermented at 64°F.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.080-84
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 8%
  • SRM (Color Range): 15
  • IBU's: 19-22

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled unless otherwise requested at the time of purchase.

WLP011 - White Labs European Ale
WLP830 - White Labs German Lager
WY2124 - Wyeast Bohemian Lager
GY048 - GigaYeast Golden Pear Belgian Ale

Item # KIT377
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 16LBS
ABV %8
Beer StyleSpecialty
Ready to Drink Within4-8 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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Not hoppy, high ABV, 4 to 8 weeks brew time, fair price
AJ T on Jan 20, 2018
Not hoppy, high ABV, 4 to 8 weeks brew time, fair price
AJ T on Jan 20, 2018

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Best beer I brew.
This is the closest I've found that matches my memory of beer I had in Germany back in the late 60's.
January 24, 2018
5 months ago
My favorite
I keg my brews and usually stick to ale yeast. I've used European Ale WLP011 and this beer is great. I've also used German Lager WLP830 and it's a little lighter, but still great.
April 17, 2016
Best beer I've made so far
Don't be scared by the "lager" aspect of this beer. This is definitely not your typical lager, and unlike typical lagers, you really don't need extended fermenting/lagering or careful temperature control to make this beer work. I put a batch of this in a carboy in my closet (temp varied between 68 and 75 F) for about 3 weeks, then straight into bottles, and the result is already one of my all-time favorites (that's going right onto my "make again soon" list).

It's only been about a week in the bottles so far but I still took it round for a couple of fairly experienced homebrewer friends to try and it's getting rave reviews already. I can hardly wait to see what this turns into in a few more weeks or months down the road (I suspect the problem is going to be keeping it around long enough to find out)!

I'm sure that a longer/cooler fermentation and extended lagering period could produce some really good and different results as well (and am looking forward to trying that too to see the differences), but are really not required to make a great beer with this kit. Definitely try this one if you're a fan of big, malty, "chewy" beers with a lot of depth and character.
March 28, 2016
great summer beer err beire
Start it at least a couple of months ahead, I lagered (52-55F) for 13 weeks on the yeast and 2 more in a secondary at crash temp to get the yeast to drop out. It was super smooth and no issues with any off flavors from the long sit.

May 29, 2013
Truly a beer to guard
I brewed this with some fresh blackberries and it was very smooth
May 8, 2013