DetailsWith fruit beers becoming more and more popular, this is a great twist on a variation. This kit includes apple flavoring to add at bottling, or you have the option of adding unpasteurized or preservative-free pasteurized cider to the primary fermenter. This results in not only a crisp apple flavor, but adds more fermentable sugar.
Ingredients: 7 lbs. Domestic 2-Row barley malt, 1 lb. Honey malt, 1 lb Brown Sugar, 1 oz. Hallertau, : 4 oz. Apple Extract, priming sugar, and yeast.
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4.6 / 5.016 ReviewsMore like a ciderI purchased a six pack of Reds "Apple Ale" and found it to be more of a wine cooler. Being very disappointed I purchased this kit and followed directions and added a gallon of preservative free apple cider to the primary. I kegged it and it was tasty but not exactly as expected. It is more like a smooth cider with only a hint of an ale beer taste. After kegging it I decided to add about 1/4 of the apple extract supplied in the kit to the five gallons. It gave it a more noticeable apple taste. It is okay but I probably would not brew it again....not because of quality or taste but it just doesn't fit my beer palate.July 19, 2013It's a good beerGood beer. Without the apple, its a pretty standard American ale. The kit comes with apple extract but I used something different. I poured a gallon of cider into my fermenter. It turned out excellent! I wish I used the apple extract tho too. I think it would have given it an additional depth of apple taste. Great beer, refreshing, good for summer or fall I would say.September 17, 2012Quite tasty!I brewed this kit up a couple of months ago, and I like it a lot. It's quite refreshing and tasty. I'm planning on making another kit when summer hits.February 9, 2013Love itI didn't have high expectations for this beer going into it. Boy was I suprised! This is a great tasting, easy drinking beer, with a unique flavor. It is definitely not a cider, it tastes more like apple juice. I know a lot of people who don't normally like beer that love this one and have requested another batch.February 26, 2013Great Taste with Some AdditionsGot a lot of compliments with this beer! The recipe calls for a gallon of apple cider in the primary (optional), but it was spring and couldn't find any for sale. I used my juicer and juiced 10 lbs of apples that gave me close to a gallon. I used half the apple extract with the kit at kegging at it came out beautiful. I think using all the extract would have gave it too much apple flavor. Not sure what the clarity would have been like, but I used a cold crash with gelatin along with irish moss at the boil and it came out a nice light clear amber color. Friends said they tried other apple ales, and this one was the best!July 3, 2013apple aleI am not sure what I did, but I got 7% ABV! Beer was good too! Great apple flavor. Not something I want to drink a lot of, but when I want something different I grab this one.August 19, 2013Good apple flavorI added a gallon of apple cider after the boil to bring the final volume to 5.5 gallons to account for volume lost to trub. 2 weeks in the primary then kegged. The results were incredible. The first impression is the best tasting, smoothest cider I've ever had that gradually fades and finishes as a hoppy ale.February 12, 2014Awesome Apple AleI added 1 gallon of cider to the fermentation after primary fermentation to start a secondary. Very good clean finish. Let it sit in secondary for 2 1/2 weeks. Apple Flavor was a little weak to my liking but the longer it sits the better it gets!March 31, 2014Good, but it is still beerMy significant other really likes Shock Top "Honeycrisp Apple Wheat," so I thought I'd have a go at making an apple beer as well. I fermented with Safale S-04, because I wanted a slightly sweeter finish. I've always thought of Munton and Fison as kind of "off brand," and I read too many negative reviews on the cider yeasts recommended. I subtracted a gallon of water from brew day, and added back a gallon of Simply Apple apple juice when fermentation started to slow down (day 3). It popped back up for a couple days, then I left it for 2 weeks and kegged with the apple flavoring. The Shock Top beer is almost cider, not very beer like. This is definitely still beer. It came out a cloudy dark orange color. The primary flavor is still beer, with a hint of apple as you swallow. I could've gone for a little more apple flavor, maybe 1.5gal or 2 flavoring bottles next time...April 7, 2014Good, not amazing.My girlfriend loves Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, so I thought I'd try my hand at an apple beer. I subtracted a gallon from my normal sparge water amount, and added 1 gallon of Simply Apple juice, since that's the only preservative free stuff I could find here. I fermented with 1 packet of S-04 direct pitch, and added the juice on the 4th day, just as fermentation began to subside. I added the apple concentrate at kegging. Kegged to high pressure. It's pretty good, but not as sweet or as apple-y as the store-bought version. Were I going to make it again, I'd use a little more apple, add some more unfermentable sugars, and mash a little warmer. In the end, I like it more than her since it's definitely still beer.June 1, 2014
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