DetailsDesigned 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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5-Gallon Extract Recipe Kit Includes
- Malt Extract
- Dry Yeast
- Specialty Grains
- Priming Sugar
- Brewing Instructions
- Details & Instructions
Origin of Style USA Color Light Gravity Level OG 1.040 - 1.050 Hop Rating (1-5) 2
4.5 / 5.023 ReviewsLoved by allI am an experienced brewer but I chose this because it was cheap and I had to make a 5 gal. batch for a party and wanted something that beer aficionados and neophytes alike would enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised at how much everyone loved it. Myself included. I'm on the page now because I'm ordering another batch to enjoy for myself.August 11, 2016Pretty tasty!As an all grain brewer who due to circumstances doesn't always have the time to spend 4 hours brewing, I decided to try these kits and I have to say they are really good. Great to start with and add what you think could improve, which wont be much. Just cracked this in a keg and am impressed and will brew this again for sure.August 25, 2016Great base for an AleI used this as a base for my Pumpkin Ale. I used a little more Caramel 40 and added 8 oz of Carapils along with Mt. Hood hops. Easy instructions to follow. I've made about 20 batches so far and tried my first bottle after 2 1/2 weeks conditioning and tasted amazing! Can't be the price! Great quality product that I'll be using time and time again!September 8, 2016fantasticWhy not????? $19.99..... can't go wrongJuly 30, 2016Good Beer!I have to say this is a good beer. I followed the directions and the listed OG 1.046 is exactly what i got, with a FG 1.004 for a ABV 5.50. Two weeks primary 2 weeks secondary and now three+ weeks in the bottle. The beer is a little darker than what is pictured, but does have a great hop aroma and flavor with the Cascade Hops.. My only regret was cutting back on the priming sugar to 3/4 cup because I lost about 3/4 gallon due to filtering out sediment. Now i would like a little more carbonation and should have added the full 5 oz.. but I do have very little sediment in the bottles... I will defiantly make this beer again. I'm working my way through the "Simply Beer Collection" and have three other kits on hand. One kit in the secondary and 2 still in the box. I guess I need to try them all....Cheers!October 14, 2016Crisp and inexpensiveI have made several brews with this IPA kit. They have all been delicious and consistent in taste. Very good base to explore hop combinations.March 30, 2017Purchased
3 months agoA great base kit on its own or to modify for a custom brew by adding a few select additional ingredients.February 2, 2017Purchased
5 months agoGreat stuffThis is the 2nd simply beer kit I've tried and it's just as good as the first. I'm a big fan. Gonna go get one out of the fridge now!March 3, 2017Purchased
4 months agoWow!What an amazing pale ale. Simple. Easy. Straightforward. Great flavor and for only $20. This will be a staple in the rotation.October 15, 2016Simply BrilliantI'll preface this by saying I'm 2 days into fermentation, so I haven't sampled it yet but this is a Simply Brilliant kit!! Kudos to Midwest for putting this together. Ingredients are top notch and the price is amazing. Granted shipping increases this by about 35% but just buy multiple kits to keep costs down. I don't get how this is "nothing else"?!? It compares well to other kits at a fraction of the price and has everything you need, even priming sugar. Visible fermentation took off within 24 hours and the smell from the Cascade hops is amazing. I will be making this a regular purchase and I think I found myself a new "house" beer. Thank you Midwest! Best innovation to the product line I've seen to date.May 26, 2016
- Customer Q&A
Browse 11 questions Browse 11 questions and 37 answersWhat should the Final Gravity be for this beer?BEST ANSWER: This brew should finish around 1.012The 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?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.How long can these kits be stored before use?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?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 activeWhat is the use-by date on the package? How long will it last in storage before I brew it? Thanks!Beer. Simply Beer - Pale AleBEST ANSWER: I don't remember a "use by" date except on the yeast packet. MS could probably answer better than a customer.What should the original gravity be? Mine was 1.034 which seemed kinda low.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.What is the actual SRM. Light does tell me the color of this beer?BEST ANSWER: sorry cant help you. this was a gift for someone has not used it yetThe recipe calls for 0.5 lbs Caramel 40L specialty grains. My kit had grains labeled as Nightshade Specialty Grains. Is this correct?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, you did receive the correct grain blend. Cheers!Do these kits include a muslin bag?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 SuppliesIBUs?BEST ANSWER: This beer has about 25 IBUs.Typical ABV?BEST ANSWER: This should work out to about 4.5% ABV when finished. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies