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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 Dark Gravity Level Medium Hop Rating (1-5) 1
4.7 / 5.053 ReviewsBourbon Barrel StoutI used this kit to brew a Bourbon Barrel Stout. I brewed it according to the directions. While it was in the primary, I boiled 2.5 oz. of oak chips to sanitize. I put the chips into a pint jar and added about 3/4 of a pint of Beam, enough to cover the chips, and let them soak in the fridge. Transferred to the secondary for two weeks, added the chips and bourbon during the second week. Bottle conditioned. Turned out awesomeOctober 13, 2016Amazing price for a really good stout!The price is the lowest I could find for a 5 gallon kit, I was expecting low quality, but I was very impressed with how great it tasted, I decided to spilt the batch and add some flavors to a secondary. End result was great on both. The only negative I could think of is abv is alittle low for my taste, but you could tweak the recipe to bump it up. I will buy more of these for sure, as they make great low cost beers.June 25, 2016Great Base Stout!!I double brewed this Stout and made 10 Gallon batch. I added PB Powder, Milk Lactose , and cocoa nibs. People drinking this beer has asked me to tell them how? This beer could win contests. Bartender who serves Craft brew said it is better than any stout on tap that he serves. Great response from tasters and even from people who are not a fan of stouts. I have since moved to All Grain brewing but may venture back to this kit for my stout. You can't go wrong with this kit but encourage adding adjuncts to flavor power the beer.October 9, 2016BullyBrewCan't believe there are only two reviews. Anyone that has tried this has to be amazed! Mostly do partial brews and all grain, but this beer will match any beer by any process. Still can't believe!! My wife, my assistant for 10 years of brewing, also agrees.June 26, 2016Great price and the finished beer was very tasty. This was my second time homebrewing and I found the directions straightforward and easy to understand. I did steep a pound of oats along with the provided grains making a very smooth oatmeal stout. I would encourage beginners like myself to start out with these kits.November 21, 2016Great Stout!I was thinking this would be mediocre at best and I was totally surprised by the flavor of this stout. I am a fan of stouts and porters and this stout holds up to one of the top 10 that I have tasted. I had a Oatmeal Stout on tap next to this one and this stout blew it away on all points. Has a great coffee and molasses finish.June 13, 2016Very good canvas for creative brewingI got a few of the no-frills kits specifically for experimentation. This kit was used to make a chocolate-coffee stout.
Cooked 8 weeks ago, went to secondary 5 weeks ago, bottled two weeks ago, cracked an hour ago.
EXcellent.May 26, 2017This beer is pretty good.I buy these kits several at a time when Midwest offers free shipping. You can not find a better price anywhere. I've made over 20 of these Beer.Simply Beer kits and I tweak almost every one to get the results I want. Keep in mind InBev owns these guys now so if you're one of the brewers that doesn't like corporate stuff... well, you know.November 27, 2016Purchased
1 year agoA great stout for suregreat beer full of flavor would also be good by adding oatmeal or coffee but still great by itselfDecember 31, 2016Purchased
1 year ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 14 questions Browse 14 questions and 70 answersCan I make a 6 gal. batch with this just by adding more water?BEST ANSWER: You could but you are going to lower the overall OG by about 9 pts due to the dilution. This will affect the final ABV from 5% to roughly 4%. If you want to keep the brew as intended, either stay at 5 gal or add an additional 1.5lbs of the same DME the kit comes with. And make sure you pitch enough yeast or extend the primary fermentation time or you are going to end up with an overly sweet watered down beer...best of luck!I followed directions and my beer is super carbonated. Why?BEST ANSWER: If you followed the directions to the letter, I'd be willing to bet you used too much Priming Sugar. According to the Calculator I use, you should have used ~3 OZ for a Stout.
Just do a quick google search for a Priming Sugar Calculator.This is a great beer as is, but how have you "customized" it, and what were the results (good and/or bad)?BEST ANSWER: Hello, yes I have added a couple of things to the recipe. A friend of mine gave me some real cacoa from Guatemala.. I have also added some Cacoa nib bits. Basically.. I added both to the 60 Minute boil. I would recommend just high quality chocolate and cacoa nibs. You can get that on amazon or a health food store.
That stout comes out great. I put it on nitrogen which gives it a nice stout feel to it. Highly recommendedWhat is the final gravity of this?BEST ANSWER: The first glass or so doesn't seem to have much gravity, but after awhile (a few more glasses) the gravity increases and eventually it will bring you down. HA!
wIf I wanted to use this as a base for a chocolate stout, any recommendations? Include time/quantity for addition. I force carbonate in keg, so I have primary, secondary and carbonate in tertiary.BEST ANSWER: I would say adding the appropriate amount of lactose during boil and then adding cocoa nibs during secondary might get itWhat is the use-by date on the package? How long will it last in storage before I brew it? Thanks!Beer. Simply Beer - StoutBEST 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!I brewed this as per instructions and though its not a bad beer, its definitely over carbonated. Over carbonated like an inch of beer and 6' head Where did I go wrong?BEST ANSWER: Fermentation not complete before bottling, the floating part of the fermentation lock still at the top of the lock. It should lower when it's no longer held up by the fermenting pressure. Be sure the fermenting vessel is sealed air tight.
Pour the boiled priming sugar solution in to the bottling vessel before siphoning the beer into it. This will insure an even mixture when bottled..
I have noticed if the beer is not refrigerated before pouring, I get more foaming.
You can control the head by chilling the glass and wetting the inside before pouring slowly down the side holding the glass at a 45 degree angle.
Hope this is helpful.What would the All-Grain version of this beer look like?BEST ANSWER: The all grain version of this beer would be very similar to the build for our All Grain Irish Stout recipe.
Ingredients: 9 lbs. Domestic 2-Row barley, 8 oz. Chocolate Malt, 8 oz. Caramel 10°L, 8 oz. Roasted Barley, 4 oz. Flaked Barley, Nugget and Willamette hops, priming sugar, and yeast.I'm wondering how much oatmeal to add to make this a good Oatmeal Stout? I'm figuring 1 lb of your Flaked Oats would be enough? Thanks.Beer. Simply Beer - StoutBEST ANSWER: Our "Oatmeal Stout" kit uses 1/2 lb, so you might use that as a guideline. I'd suggest up to a pound in a five gallon batch. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesI plan to add 1 lb. of dme to increase the OG and abv but wonder should I also add to the hop schedule to keep it balanced?BEST ANSWER: I agree with the first answer, the OG is pretty good as it is and I wouldn't increase it much to begin with, but 1lb of dark dme should be fine without addition hops.Is this closer to an English stout or dark stout? I guess I'm asking cause I'm wondering if it's sweeter or notBEST ANSWER: Its a bit dry. Not a great Stout, but a decent basic dry stout.If I wanted to increase the abv to about 6-6.5% what you suggest?BEST ANSWER: You would just need to add some more fermentable sugars to get the OG from about 1.053 to about 1.063 or so. Adding about 1 lb. of table sugar or DME to the boil would do the trick.Are your products GMO free?BEST ANSWER: All organisms involved are modified through farming, not genetic manipulation. None of our products carry a guarantee or license as being non-GMO though.I wanted to add some organic tart cherry juice to my stout..how much should I add to give a good cherry flavor and also increase the abv???