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 / 5.076 Reviewsit was easy to make, will let you know how it tastes in 4 or 5 weeks.September 30, 2018Purchased
2 months agoAdd ciderI added a gallon of half frozen fresh cider to cool the beer and it is great. Be patient though as it takes a while to mature.January 19, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoGreat Flavor and aromaOne of the best Ales I've ever brewed. I will certainly make this one again and again. Ordering my third kit of this great Ale.February 20, 2015Tasty Apple AleGreat, great brew. this was my first homebrew and it turned out wonderful! i added a gallon of cider to it and 2 cinnamon stick into the secondary. my only regret was drinking them too fast. i let them sit in bottles for about 3 weeks and they had good carbonation, but it had a bit of a funk at first. other said they let it condition longer and the funk went away. this was a great beer to drink on in the fall. i highly reccomend trying this one out. i will for sure be trying this again soon!!January 12, 2015Patience...Brewed this in mid-September using a 4 gallon boil...after 2 days in the primary I added 1/2 gallon of preservative free pasteurized unfiltered apple juice I found at Cub. Bottled early October and used the full 4 oz of apple extract. First few bottles I tried I wasn't a fan...apple flavor was weird but people thought it was okay. About mid-Nov, the flavor started to really improve and now enjoying the last bottle...very nice flavors and I really enjoy the beer._x000D__x000D_I will brew again...need to start this in July/August so it's in its prime in October!December 3, 2014Let Sit for a yearBrewed this beer in October of 2013. Used the cheap yeast and did not add anything to the recipe. Had some pretty funky flavors at first try. Just tried it again 9/05/14 it is much better and it is actually drinkable.October 5, 2014Favorable reviewsMy drinking crew liked it. Its a good blend of beer and apple flavor. It's got a crisp refreshing apple after taste. I will order again.April 1, 2014Best AroundThis is the best apple ale I have tried great taste and smell very easy to make I added a gallon of cider in the first fermenter and it turned out very goodFebruary 18, 2014additional flavoring?I purchased two of these kits and have brewed one already. I used a gallon of frozen cider to bring down the temperature instead of using a wort chiller. It worked great. Has anyone added anything besides apple juice/cider to the recipe like another fruit? I was thinking something like a blackberry, raspberry or cherry in the secondary.February 12, 2014Apple's awayThis is by far the best apple ale kit I have ever purchased. Everyone loves my apple ale brew. Has a thick apple juice color and the taste is amazing. This is usually one of the kits on my must get list.February 3, 2014
- 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