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Beer. Simply Beer - Pale Ale

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Beer. Simply Beer - Pale Ale

SKU: BK10390

Designed for the purist…Beer. Simply Beer. It has everything you need to brew great beer and nothing you don’t. We’ve stripped away all the extras to reveal the very heart of a perfect Pale Ale.

The result? The most streamlined, straight-forward brewing experience ever. And a copper-colored, medium-bodied Pale Ale with a hint of caramel sweetness and all the classic flavors of Cascade, the quintessential American hop variety.

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Designed for the purist…Beer. Simply Beer. It has everything you need to brew great beer and nothing you don’t. We’ve stripped away all the extras to reveal the very heart of a perfect Pale Ale. The result? The most streamlined, straight-forward brewing experience ever. And a copper-colored, medium-bodied Pale Ale with a hint of caramel sweetness and all the classic flavors of Cascade, the quintessential American hop variety.

Simple perfection. That is what Simply Beer is all about – recipes, ingredients and instructions designed to keep brew day simple, and deliver beer that’s perfect for everyday drinking and sharing.

Life is complicated. Beer. Simply Beer isn’t. Cheers!

5-Gallon Extract Recipe Kit Includes
  • Malt Extract
  • Dry Yeast
  • Hops
  • Specialty Grains
  • Priming Sugar
  • Brewing Instructions
Details & Instructions

Additional Information

Origin of Style USA
Color Light
Gravity Level OG 1.040 - 1.050
Hop Rating (1-5) 2

4.6 / 5.0
44 Reviews
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Good , inexpensive pale ale
I kegged this after only 2 weeks in the secondary, came out very good. Will definitely do again , easy drinking pale ale.
December 25, 2018
2 months ago
consistent non bitter taste. I have made this beer for the last 2 years and have had no issues.
December 23, 2018
3 months ago
Life is Good
Rich creamy head, excellent flavor, & real thirst quenching beer. What more could you ask.
November 25, 2018
3 months ago
November 2, 2018
4 months ago
I've tried most of the simply beer kits and the pale ale is my only repeat
August 16, 2018
7 months ago
Great product, great price
Fantastic, I love Midwest Supplies great products great price, I will continue to purchase from Midwest Thank You!!
July 8, 2018
8 months ago
Very Nice Crsip Pale Ale
Brewed this and served at sons graduation. It was a hit. In future, I may add a little lemon slant to it for the perfect Summer beer.
June 2, 2018
Poor experience, I've been brewing for 28 years and this was the first time I used Midwest, probably won't be a second time
April 21, 2018
11 months ago
Dry Hopped with Citra Hops and Was Fantastic
This came with my brewing kit and I thought it was a beer that you'd make mistakes on and overall nothing worth while. Boy was I wrong. I brewed this according to the instructions with only one simple deviation, I put 1 oz of Citra hop pellets into muslin bags and sunk them with glass marbles in the secondary fermentation bucket and WOW! I couldn't believe how awesome this turned out. I love IPAs and this was just great. My wife (who doesn't like IPAs) even loved it. Friends are like, "when can we get another bottle of that?" Take my advice and dry hop this and you will not be disappointed.
April 13, 2018
Just opened my first try and home brewing. Very good taste and that is just at the minimums. I bottled after 2 weeks once fermentation was complete. I tried as recommended cranking one open 7 days after bottling and was very happy. I have a couple others fermenting and aging. I want to see what the difference is between these simply beer recipes that you can get for 22 dollars and the others for 50-60 dollars, very please and will be ordering again.
April 9, 2018
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What should the Final Gravity be for this beer?
B R on Jun 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This brew should finish around 1.012
The instructions say to add 2 gallons of cold water for primary fermentation. Do we have to boil and cool these 2 gallons of water? Or can we just get like mineral water and add that to the wort?
A shopper on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Depends on your local water. If it tastes good straight from the tap, then it will be fine in your beer. Purists will tell you to boil it but I never bother.
Secondary Fermentation: I've finished primary fermentation of 2 weeks, but I'm skipping the secondary. Should I leave it in the bucket another 2 weeks or go straight to bottling? Thanks.
A shopper on Feb 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Never rush a good beer ! If you leave it in the fermenter for another 2 weeks, the beer will only get better. The only thing I recommend is to change the bubbler to a clean one. After 2 weeks, the water in the bubbler will begin to mold and it may infect you entire bucket. "Keep on Brewing"
How long can these kits be stored before use?
Don on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: YMMV: I kept this kit in the dark coolness of my basement for about a month, and did not use the Safale(?) yeast that came with the kit, instead opting for an American Ale style Wyeast SmackPack and added some lactose, modeling the entire brew around my friend's hobby of roasting coffee and how would I like my iced coffee. Of course, YMMV.
I pitched the yeast with a slurry from a previous batch of American IPA, fermentation took off and ended in about 7 days. Should I let it sit in the primary for one week and then bottle? Does 2 weeks to bottle seem too fast?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should be done in primary after two weeks... If the co2 release is next to nothing... To me... It's done....

If you did a colder ferment.... Maybe bring it up to room temperature for a couple days.... Then bottle and/or lager.

I do all colder ferments for both ale and lager yeasts.... Lagers colder

What I have done with ales.... It appears to ferment swiftly... Very active
What is the use-by date on the package? How long will it last in storage before I brew it? Thanks!
Nicholas H on Mar 2, 2017
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BEST 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!
What hops and/or flavors can I add to this kit to give it a special/better taste?
Max W on Jul 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I assume you would have bought the IPA version, if that is what you wanted. So ... Add different "Steeping" grains. Caramel malts for color and/or mouth-feel. A pound or so of biscuit; Vienna, Munich, Maris Otter, or any brewing malt will add something. Taste the raw malt before you use it, to get a taste/feel for it. Citrus zests, spices, or any adjunct that you like will change the profile. Start with small additions. Good Luck. Cheers.
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Is it possible to bring the ABV up a bit?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, add sugar to it or add more dry malt extract, maybe half a pound of light malt. I am pretty sure I added extra malt to it to boost the abv, but it wasn't the best tasting beer I met. I brewed a lot of these Simply Beer Kits, probably 7 of them and maybe 2 of them were good beers, they just lack the backbone of more expensive kits, as the simply beer kits do not have a lot malt included.
What should the original gravity be? Mine was 1.034 which seemed kinda low.
Kyle L on Dec 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I measured mine when it was still 91 degrees and I got 1.035, but the next morning when it was down to pitching temp, I measured 1.045. I have a feeling the issue was full incorporation of the higher gravity boil volume rather than temperature and that by morning it was simply more evenly mixed. Might want to just try another reading.

On a related note, I was pretty pleased with this kit in general. Bought an extra 2 oz of cascade and dry hopped for 6 days and it really kicked this one up a notch.
can this be brewed and split between Mr. Beer ?
Timothy J on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, you could split it between two fermenters if desired. Cheers!
How do I get more ingredients... We bout the kit off Amazon. We want to make more beer.... But I saved all the equipment... Just need ingredients?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2018

Our beer recipe kits will include all of the ingredients needed to brew. For instance, this includes the ingredients needed to brew the Simply Beer. Pale Ale.
This came with my equipment kit.... wanted to convert it to an ipa... wanted to add Citra hops and grapefruit... any tips on the best way to add these ? Also bought nz pacific jade hops do these work well with grapefruit and the other hops I have?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Well, there are a zillion IPA recipes online so you should be able to mimic one of them by adding and/or substituting the appropriate hops. I've never heard of anyone actually including grapefruit in their beer, usually they derive a flavor similar to that via the hops. Citra is a good choice.
What is the actual SRM. Light does tell me the color of this beer?
A shopper on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: sorry cant help you. this was a gift for someone has not used it yet
The recipe calls for 0.5 lbs Caramel 40L specialty grains. My kit had grains labeled as Nightshade Specialty Grains. Is this correct?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, you did receive the correct grain blend. Cheers!
Do these kits include a muslin bag?
K V on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, any of the "Simply Beer" kits that have a specialty-grain component will also include a muslin bag to steep them in. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies
R O on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This beer has about 25 IBUs.
Typical ABV?
L J on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This should work out to about 4.5% ABV when finished. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies

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