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Big Ben Pale Ale Extract Beer Kit

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Big Ben Pale Ale Extract Beer Kit

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An Ale in the finest English Tradition
Big Ben Pale Ale   ($33.00)

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Big Ben Pale Ale Recipe Kit

This English ale makes you feel like you're raising a pint in Piccadilly Square. A rich malty base balanced with just the right amount of hops, its ample ingredients make this wonderfully well-balanced brew in the finest English tradition. A sharp hop finish is pleasant yet not overpowering.

  • Golden color and medium light body
  • Rich malty base with a good hops finish
  • Ingredients include: 3.15 lbs. Gold liquid malt extract, 3.15 lbs. Amber liquid malt extract, 8 oz. Carapils, 8 oz. Crystal 10L specialty grains, 1 oz. Willamette, 1 oz. Fuggle pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar, and a muslin bag
Details & Instructions

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Beer Style Pale Ale
Origin of Style UK
Color Light
Gravity Level Medium
Hop Rating (1-5) 3
Yeast Instructions

4.7 / 5.0
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one of my favorites!
Easily one of my favorite brews. Fun and easy to make. Don't let the hop profile scare you, this is actually a fairly mild brew that has a slightly malty after taste, and a known hop hater said she likes it, so it's definitely a crowd-pleaser! Will brew this one again.
May 3, 2014
Great Brew
I've tried many extract kits from Midwest. This is probably my favorite. I use Safale 04. Two key step I've learned is to do whole batch boils and to keep fermentation temps constant. IMO ferm temps make a huge difference in the final beer. My best results have been at 64F. I picked up a tub from Walmart on sale for $4, about the size of a keg ice tub. I keep this in a cool back room in my house and ferment 10 days and then secondary for 2 weeks. Ohhh, and I buy two kits to save on shipping.
March 23, 2015
This was one of the first batches I brewed. I wasn't real sure what I was doing. This brew turned out great! I was impatient and drank most of them early and they were good. I had a couple that I let sit for a couple of months...they were even better. Clarity was good, but I did use a secondary...glad I did. I like the looks of a good clear brew. Color wasn't too dark. Taste was great, not too much hop at the end. I'll be brewing this again for sure!
October 21, 2009
One of my favorites!
I brew this recipe on a regular basis and enjoy the malty hoppy flavor. I use a primary fermenter for 5-7 days, 2 weeks in the carboy before bottling and storing for 3-4 weeks. Delicious!
January 23, 2010
Could have been better
The beer is decent. I brewing according to instructions and came out with a middle of the road brew. It has decent flavor, both hoppy and malty and refreshing. It came out slightly hazy, and I use a wort chiller so Im not sure exactly why that happened. 10 days in primary, and 2 weeks in secondary, 2 weeks in bottles, and it was ready. Overall a good beer for the price.
January 26, 2011
MIddle of the road beer
This was average in my opinion. Primary for a week, secondary 2 weeks, bottles 2 weeks, and it was ready to go. Nothing great, but it was not bad. The beer is both malty and hoppy, and is refreshing.
January 26, 2011
shows great promise
Had to try one after 1 week in the bottle. Shows great promise. Brewed it 1 week in primary, 1 week in secondary. Did dry hop with an extra oz of Fuggle hops 'cause I wanted extra hop aroma and flavor.
January 31, 2011
Very enjoyable and easy to brew
This was our first attempt at homebrewing, so we chose a style that would be very accessible to everyone and set our expectations to "drinkable." We were very pleased with the brew, and found it much more than just drinkable, but actually quite good. It was a solid English pale ale, not as bitter as I had hoped, but a great session beer. Very easy to make as well.
June 9, 2011
Appeals to a broad spectrum of beer fans
I brewed this beer in the hopes that it would be a quick, easy brew I didn't have to think too much about (got a bit lazy I guess). I wasn't really surprised that it turned out great, but I didn't expect so many of my friends to like it. I had a small party at my place and had about 3 gallons left in my keg. Everybody that was there liked it so much my keg went dry about two hours into the party! People ranging from stout fans to Coor's Light fans drank it and went back for more! For sure going to brew more of it and keep it on hand for gatherings in the future. Personally, I'd like a bit more hops, but it's a very good beer when you want to drink more than a few! : )
July 11, 2011
Great place to start.
This was my first attempt at home brewing in about 15 years. Kits have come a long way in that time. I fought the urge to tweak the recipe since this was my first go. Thought I better try it as designed. Instructions were easy to follow. 1 week primary ,about 10 days secondary, and into a keg. Kegging is the way to go in my book, much easier than bottling. Good flavor: nice malt flavor, with a good hops finish, not overpowering, but you know the hops are there. Would definitely try this one again sometime. Not sure when, because there are so many that I want to try!
September 1, 2011
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Has anyone who have made this beer have a really bitter taste to it? I did two weeks primary and kegged it.
A shopper on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I usually judge these kits with a comment on the instruction sheet. "Not bad" Not too bitter as I recall.

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