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 Stout. The result? The most streamlined, straight-forward brewing experience ever. And a beer somewhere between a classic Irish stout and its American counterpart. Traditional roasted barley gives this beer its distinctive color and roasted flavors, while classic American hops provide the perfect balance of bitterness and hop flavor.
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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
4.8 / 5.067 ReviewsThe good stuffOutstanding beer kit. Great quality for an awesome price. Best value on the web for a beer kit in my opinion. The stout comes out to be somewhere between 5.5 and 6 % abv.January 6, 2019Purchased
3 months agoExcellent StoutThis kit makes a great stout!!!!
Buy it, brew it, enjoy!!!!!!
Gonna be a regular on the brewlist.
Great valueJanuary 2, 2019Purchased
11 months agoBrilliant, Americanized Stout.Features a very subtle bitterness that isn't overwhelming, tastes like an American Stout should, and leaves no after taste. This was a fun beer to make, and turned out wonderful!January 2, 2019Purchased
3 months agoGreat ValueBottling this batch tomorrow. All ingredients are top shelf at nearly half the cost of purchasing them individually.December 31, 2018Purchased
3 months agoDecember 30, 2018Purchased
11 months agoJust what I was hoping forI used the kit, modified it a little by adding some oatmeal and some coffee, and it came out looking, smelling, and tasting pretty much exactly like I was hoping for!December 21, 2018Purchased
4 months agoStout, Simply BeerFor the quality and taste, no other company can beat these prices. The only place on earth that has better tasting stout is in Northern Ireland where I had my first stout many years ago.
Placing orders is easy and simple.
Midwest's phone support is also great. Fast and courteous.November 27, 2018Purchased
4 months agowondefulHighly recommended. An excellent, strong, full bodied stout.November 25, 2018Purchased
5 months agoVery simple, all inclusive kitI highly recommend the Beer Simply Beer kits. They contain all ingredients with no supplemental purchases. The Stout is a good standard example of the type and I will definitely buy it againNovember 20, 2018Purchased
5 months agoWife's favorite StoutI started brewing the Stout beer for my wife who loved Guiness Drought Stout. I have made a couple others but This one is her favorite. It will now be a regularly ordered item and you can't beat the priceNovember 14, 2018Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 14 questions Browse 14 questions and 71 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: You probably added the full 5oz of priming sugar. Stouts only need 3-3.5oz for 5 gallons. I made this same mistake on 3 batches of different styles. There are priming sugar calculators online that can get you to that perfect fizz for all styles of brew.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???