DetailsFruit beers are all the rage and now you can craft an awesome, apple-flavored brew of your very own. Our Apple Ale includes apple favoring to add at bottling or you can use apple cider. Its crisp, tantalizing apple flavor pleases the palette and will have you coming back for more. Golden color and crisp apple flavor with more fermetable sugar. Includes apple flavoring to add at bottling, or add unpasteurized or preservative-free pasteurized cider to the primary fermenter. May require longer conditioning for optimal flavor.
- 6 lb. Pilsen liquid malt extract
- 1 lb. Gambrinus Honey malt
- 1 lb. brown sugar
- 4 oz. apple extract
- 1 oz. Hallertau pellet hops
- US-05 Yeast
- Priming sugar
- Muslin bag
- 6 lb. Pilsen liquid malt extract
- Details & Instructions
Beer Style Fruit Beer Origin of Style USA Color Amber Gravity Level Medium Hop Rating (1-5) 1 Yeast Instructions
4.7 / 5.075 ReviewsA bountiful harvestI used a gallon of apple cider during the boil rather than after and the full bottle of apple flavor in my bottling bucket. 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. I'm already ready to order again.September 23, 2013Good beer for the fall.I liked this beer a lot. However, it did not have as much of an apple taste with the apple extract. Recommend fermenting with cider.February 18, 2013Great Summer BeerThis is the Second Time I made this kit. The first time I added one gallon of apple cider (non pasterized pure apple cider. There is no substitute). This time I experimented with fresh cut apples. The beer was great either way. This one will stay on my shelf all summer long. I made this one a second time not only because I enjoyed it, but because a friend, who doesn't usually drink beer, loved it. If a non beer drinker enjoys its taste. Its worth keeping around.February 20, 2013Good AleFirst time brewer and followed directions to a tee and added one gallon of homemade apple cider to primary after three days and wow did the yeast take off. Transfered to the secondary for a week and then to bottling bucket, but only added half of apple additive. Tasted at four weeks and dumped the bottle. Tasted at five weeks and wasnt great. Again at six weeks and tasted ok. Cracked one open at seven weeks and WOW. Put six in frige. Awsome ale. When a home brewer says conditioning is everything IT IS. This will be really good come the Dayton 500. I'm saving a case for my trip to the beach. WILL BREW AGAIN!!!!February 23, 2013Turned out excellentI used the given apple flavoring, not the actual cider. It turned out so well that my wife who doesn't like beer enjoys it. I'd like to try it again with cider, but I don't think you can go wrong either way. Its probably going to be a regular on tap.April 6, 2013Apple alePerfect blend of apple and ale. Had a crisp refreshing apple after taste. I love this and plan on making more.'April 10, 2013fun beer...popular with the neighborsThis is a fun beer to have on tap. Popular with non-aficionados. I like to add apple juice at kegging for a cleaner taste._x000D_A good one to have really chilled in the summertime.April 10, 2013SmoothI was surprised when I first tried this brew. The instructions were easy enough to follow. I used the extract for the apple flavor. I've found when I drink hard ciders, I can't have more than 2-3 without getting a stomach ache. With the apple ale, I was able to have 4-5 over an evening no problem. It's very smooth going down with a good hint of apple flavor. I highly recommend it.July 16, 2013Intense apple aromaVery easy kit to brew. I decided on the apple cider addition and added cider after three days. This brew has filled the house with a wonderful apple smell but not a lot of apple taste. I addled 5 lbs of boiled apple puree to the secondary in hopes of increasing the apple flavor. Once again my house smells like an apple cider pressing room. I'm hoping this will create a stronger apple flavor also.January 30, 2013Pretty good, added 2 gallons of apple juiceMy friends all liked it, I followed the recipe however I added 2 gallons of fresh homemade apple juice immediately to the hot wort and added 2 cans of condensed apple juice to the boil. It turned out a bit gross and strong after fermenting for 3 weeks then bottle conditioning for 2 weeks. However after sitting in the bottles for a month it tasted amazing, much more smooth. My friends love it, and with the boosted ABV it certainly gets it job done quite quickly. I've found that a few of my cider only drinking friends enjoyed this.February 11, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 21 answersO.G offset for the Apple Cider addition on day-3. How do I account for the addition of the Apple cider on day-3 to be added to the Primary in order to calculate the F.G to determine ABV?Do you need to heat the cider to kill bacteria or wild yeast before adding to primary or secondary fermentation?BEST ANSWER: I never have. As long as you are thorough with your sanitizing, you should not have an issue.
You will likely have a little sediment at the bottom of your bottles, from the carbonization process, but you can reduce this by bottling from a batch that has not moved in the last 48 hours.I am still unclear about adding the apple cider. It mentions it in the description but does not say when to add it in the instructions. The reviews and other Q&A give conflicting answers? I would appreciate more guidance as I have no experience in adding fruit flavors. Thank you in advance for your guidance.BEST ANSWER: In beer making, you can do things different and get good results.
I tried the little 4oz bottles of flavor extract a couple of times with different flavors and in my opinion, they should never be used. Any flavor that you can detect is more chemical-like. I made a few using different flavors of the water additive MiO at the bottling step and they were much better, and you can alter the amount by doing half and then adding more flavor. Doing this with the extracts just makes it awful.
Back to the cider, since it's a sugar (should use un-pasteurized, unfiltered cider), I would add it to the primary. Adding to the secondary just creates a second fermentation and lengthens the process.My finished gravity is coming out at 1.008 for this kit. Is this bad?BEST ANSWER: 1.008 isn't necessarily "bad" as long as your ale tastes good. It just won't give you the expected effect of drinking beer..AKA, get a buzz.
I would recommend either allowing your wort to ferment a little longer, especially if the room temp was cold over the winter months or you could invest in a warming mat or band. Temp is important to fetmentataion.
You could also try adding more sugars to the wort on your brew day. Recently I boiled some fresh apples into an apple sauce consistency to get a more crisp natural flavor, and the apples have natural sugars which gives the yeast more to consume.
Between the warmth and sugars, I've gone from about 3 ABV to about 7.
Time and patience is the key.
Good luck!Has anyone done this with and without doing the secondary? Any noticable difference?
Can you just keg/bottle this beer after the 2 week primary?BEST ANSWER: I personally rarely use a secondary. Its mostly used for clarification. That said, yes you can go from primary right to keg\bottles with this kit..cheers and happy brewing