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5-Gallon Extract Recipe Kit Includes
- Malt Extract
- Dry Yeast
- Priming Sugar
- Brewing Instructions
- Details & Instructions
Origin of Style USA Color Light Gravity Level OG 1.050 - 1.060 Hop Rating (1-5) 1
4.6 / 5.050 ReviewsGreat value, real crowd pleaserGreat value, real crowd pleaserMay 27, 2019Purchased
1 month agoGreat Beer!This is a great beer by itself or a fantastic base for flavoring. I added raspberry extract at the end of the boil and let it ferment with the wort. 4 weeks later, I have a delicious Raspberry Cream Ale!!!April 18, 2019Purchased
3 months agoAWESOME beer for the price...We made a chili beer with this and it turned out AWESOME.... Will definitely be buying this one again and adding other ingredients.April 8, 2019Purchased
3 months agosimply beer cream aleJust finished bottling it but the taste is very good. I like a light beer.March 23, 2019Purchased
4 months agoHard PassExperienced home brewer here. I decided to give the Beer Simply Beer line a try because of the price. I have to say without a doubt it's the worst home brew I've ever had. My color was nothing like the picture, it was a red/brown from the malt extract from the get go. It's like watered down beer, no hopy flavors, no aroma, no bitterness. I'm extremely disappointed in this kit. Not all like the light ale I was hoping for or what's pictured.March 5, 2019Purchased
9 months agoSimple recipe try it.Good beer, taste great.February 28, 2019Purchased
5 months agogreat cream ale great priceI use this as a base for many of my experimental beers but it;s good just like it is tooFebruary 18, 2019Purchased
11 months agoVery nice base kitI added an ounce of cascade hop pellets and 6 ounces of cacao nibs to the secondary fermenter and let it rest for 2 weeks. I call it chocolate cream ale and it is very tasty.February 10, 2019Purchased
5 months agoGreat taste, great value!Great base beer for making flavored or fruited clean ales. Unbelievable value. Used this for a cranberry cream ale, and with nothing more than the kit and six pounds of fresh cranberries, this yielded a refreshingly tart and clean-finishing medal winner!February 5, 2019Purchased
7 months ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 21 questions Browse 21 questions and 73 answersHow can you increase the alcohol content in making beer ?BEST ANSWER: By adding fermentable sugars. Rule of thumb is stock up on your dextrin, corn sugar, the same as priming sugar. Adding a pound of that plus other augments will boost abv but only so far. Homebrewing beer tends to max out at around 9-12%.
If you want even higher abv I suggest looking into distillation.Is there away to up alcohol percentage ?BEST ANSWER: Of course, more sugars = more alcohol. I usually keep an extra 6lb container of a standard malt like wheat or gold LME. 2 lbs extra should yield another 1 - 1.5% ABV. Each .01 extra original gravity should be about 1% higher ABV.Can these 5 gallon beer recipe extract kits be made 2.5 gallon at a time?BEST ANSWER: I've brewed batches of beer down to 1 gallon to test a recipe. If you intend to brew both batches using the same recipe, then it is most time efficient to brew all of the kit at once. If the issue is that you do not have space in your refrigerator to store the beer in bottles, then store the unprimed beer in one gallon milk jugs. I've stored 10 gallons this way. Then prime and bottle the beer one gallon at a time..Is there anyway I can add to make the beer anymore creamy?BEST ANSWER: I am assuming that you are referring to the cloudy nature of wheat beer or the more subtle sweet flavor. These kits are great foundations for building on. For the first you could add in more wheat, any sprouted wheat would make a great addition. You do not have to go crazy with it, just add a handful more or so of something that you might like. As for adding some sweetness to it, you can do anything from adding more sugar to slightly caramelizing the extract by (accidently) cooking it a bit longer before adding in more water. Remember that this is like baking a cake not repeating a science experiment. Even happy little accidents may lead you onto something good.
Have fun brewingWhats the best way to bump up the ABV to 10% roughly?BEST ANSWER: I wouldn’t recommend doing that using this as a base. Most adjuncts are going to add flavors or astringency due to the large amount you would need to add.Simplybeer cream ale when would it be a good time to put lime zest in?BEST ANSWER: Depending on how strong you want the flavor, add during secondary. Don't forget to sanitize your additions.When brewing cream ale can I add orange peel to give it a citrusy orange flavor ?BEST ANSWER: Yes you can. Zest the peel though. The white pith will make it bitter.What do I do to add orange flavor whe making beer?BEST ANSWER: Adding orange zest seems to be the best way. You can buy it in dried form here or zest your own. Just add it to the last few minutes of the boil and leave it in. A couple ounces would be noticeable.When adding the yeast do you just pour it on top or do you mix it Up?BEST ANSWER: I prefer to mix it in, but not vigorously just enough to get it wet. I think the best way to do it is to pitch your yeast. Boil 2 cups of water, let cool to 80 degrees and pour yeast packet , then into your frementer.After pulling the pot off the heat to cool it can you just add ice to it since your going to add 2 gallons of water to fermenter?BEST ANSWER: I do add a little purified ice to the boil, but not too much, still counting on the chiller in an ice bath to bring the temp down to about 90. after transferring to the fermenter I fill w purified water that i store in the fridge. always seems to fall right into the mid 70s.A friend of mine brewed the cream ale, it tastes really sour!!, What could be the problem?BEST ANSWER: Sounds like it got infected. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.A friend of mine made this kit, and it is really sour tasting. What went wrong?BEST ANSWER: Well there are numerous reasons why it maybe sour. Yeast issue, primary or secondary contamination are the two main reasons. I have made this recipe kit several times and had no issues. I use this kit as a base for my summer shandy and raspberry beers.at what temp should your fermentation area be for this beer ?BEST ANSWER: Well it's an ale so there is some wiggle room. I converted a freezer to a temp controlled fermentation "room." I set it at 65 for this ferment. And then cold crashed at 38/39 for a week or so. But I've done ales at 70 with no cold crash. Unless you have extreme temps (hot or cold) where you will be fermenting I think you'll be fine as long as you're between 65-73ish. that's my 2-cents anyways. Good luck, let us know how it comes out!What is the ABV of this beer?BEST ANSWER: Potential alcohol before fermenting is 6 1/2%. Alcohol after fermentation was 5.2%. I hope this helps.Can you suggest some specialty grains to use with this kit?BEST ANSWER: I didn't add any grains, but I think I might add a little caramel and vanilla extract wh n I keg It.What is the use-by date on the package? How long will it last in storage before I brew it? Thanks!Beer. Simply Beer - Cream Ale Recipe KitBEST ANSWER: I typically buy these kits 3 or 4 at a time and when I get the package, first thing I do is put the yeast packs in the fridge and the hops in the freezer. Both the yeast and the hops are said to be good for up to two years if unopened. I keep the boxes in the basement on the concrete floor, it is my understanding that as long as you keep the extract in a temp controlled area (60-70F) they should be fine for up to a year, some web sites even say 2 years. Happy Hopping!Has anyone tried adding some flaked corn to this recipe?BEST ANSWER: Hi haw many corn sugar I need to add to get more ABVWhat is the IBU ?BEST ANSWER: QBrew calculates the bitterness at 29 IBUs based on the ingredients.Can I change for liquid yeast?BEST ANSWER: These kits are not offered with a liquid-yeast option, they have an appropriate dry yeast included. A person can buy any liquid yeast they choose and use it for the kit, if desired. Then they'd have a good dry yeast to keep on hand as a backup in case it is ever needed, which is always a wise thing to do. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesCan I bump the ABV by adding a lb of DME without affecting flavor?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it's quite safe to do it in that way. Adding a pound of light DME to a beer like this will bump up the ABV by about .5%, and will not interfere with the balance of flavors in the beer. Stir the additional pound of DME late in the boil. It is the best way to increase ABV of a beer recipe kit. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesHello, please tell me, does this kits need any equipment to brew beer? or can i brew it just in aluminium boiler?BEST ANSWER: You will need a boil kettle, and a fermentor, bottles, caps, a capper, as well as a few other items. Here is a helpful beginner's guide that covers all the items you will need.