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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

4.5 / 5.0
39 Reviews
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Loved by all
I 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, 2016
Pretty 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, 2016
Great base for an Ale
I 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, 2016
Good 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, 2016
How is it possible?
Really great beer, I've been brewing a few years and have done all of the Simply Beer range. The Pale Ale and the IPA are my (and my wife's and my drinking buddies) favorites. Easy and consistent. I just don't know how they do it for the price.
May 20, 2017
1 year ago
Simply good!
Low cost and simplicity is what attracted me to this kit. It has lived up to its name. It is a simple kit to brew with a relatively short turnaround time and a great pale ale taste. This would be a great one to have on hand when the gang comes over for the Big Game. I will probably do this one again and I think you should too!
January 19, 2017
1 year ago
Why not????? $19.99..... can't go wrong
July 30, 2016
A great base kit on its own or to modify for a custom brew by adding a few select additional ingredients.
February 2, 2017
1 year ago
Great stuff
This 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, 2017
1 year ago
What an amazing pale ale. Simple. Easy. Straightforward. Great flavor and for only $20. This will be a staple in the rotation.
October 15, 2016
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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.
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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