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.
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.
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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
4.7 / 5.055 ReviewsJust as it says!!It’s good to get back to the basics with a clean crisp flavor. Added 1/2 the prescribed aroma hop in last 10 min of boil for flavor....came out perfect.April 19, 2019Purchased
1 month agoApril 17, 2019Purchased
1 year agoSimple BeerIt is very easy to brew and comes out very good. All my friends love it and keep telling me to brew moreApril 16, 2019Purchased
1 month agoSimply Beer pale aleHighly recommended. Easy to make, good directions and great tsste!April 13, 2019Purchased
1 month agoApril 6, 2019Purchased
1 month agoGood base beer, easy to brew.Second pitch at fermentation and added lactose, came out with a bit heady, but tasted amazing, I would most definitely recommend this especially to other beginners like myself.March 26, 2019Second Batch with 8 oz. Corn SugarNew brewer still learning with the kits. Added 8 oz. corn sugar to this second batch and very pleased with the resulting in change to the malt finish on the pallet. As with the first batch, I expect improvement over the next six weeks as the bottled beer has more time. I plan to use this kit as a base for more experimentation. I keep the grain at 155 F for 30 minutes and like the result.March 17, 2019Purchased
2 months agoFantastic DealAlright, I hope I don't encourage Midwest to jack up the price, but here goes: I made this beer and I'm fully satisfied with it. After reading some of the comments from other reviewers, I added about 2lbs of sugar to bump up the ABV and dry-hopped it with 1oz of Citra hops and this beer is delicious. At this price point I am ecstatic.March 12, 2019Purchased
2 months agoNice Newcastle CloneQuality ingredients and easy to brew this beer came out great and is close in flavor to one of my favorite commercial beers, Newcastle. My first experience with Midwest Simply Beer kits and I'm impressed. Premeasured and crushed steeping grains are a big plus to getting great taste from extract brewing and the yeast was a high quality brand name not some unrecognizable generic. Will be buying more of these kits.March 6, 2019Purchased
2 months ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 18 questions Browse 18 questions and 64 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.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.BEST ANSWER: There is no real need for secondary fermentation with this beer. I bottled mine after two weeks and it turned out fantastic.How long can these kits be stored before use?BEST ANSWER: Fresh is always best. But, if you refrigerate hops and yeast immediately, you could store for some time. The yeast has a use by date over a year in the future.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: I never use a secondary or "let it sit". I have never seen it serve any practical purpose. As soon as fermentation is complete I bottle or keg immediately. There is much debate about the usefulness secondaries and I for one have never seen any benefit in my situation.What 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 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!Is it possible to bring the ABV up a bit?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 hops and/or flavors can I add to this kit to give it a special/better taste?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.can this be brewed and split between Mr. Beer ?BEST ANSWER: You could, but I was under the impression that the Mr. Beer fermenter was only 1 gallon capacity and this kit makes 5 gallons. Do yourself a favor and just upgrade your equipment to handle 5 gallons. It's no more work to make 5 gallons than 1 gallon.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.Does this kit include bottle caps?BEST ANSWER: Nope. But it does have priming sugar.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?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.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?BEST ANSWER: Hello!
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.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