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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 / 5.055 ReviewsThis was my first brew. The kit was great! I spiced it up a bit with some brown sugar and honey. Adding oak blocks soaked in whiskey to the secondary.September 29, 2018Purchased
1 month agoTweaked it a bit and made it an Imperial and add Malibu Run for a Coconut Stout!Can't beat the price...August 31, 2018Purchased
2 months agoGreat stout beerJust about the best stout beer I’ve ever Drake. Although the Irish stout is just a little bit better but more expensive.June 7, 2018Purchased
1 year agoI surely recommend this. Ill be doing another and adding some chocolate/cocoa. The only down side to this stout is that I can't stop drinking it. = )May 16, 2018Purchased
7 months agoStoutVery easy brew. Taste awesome..easy instructions. Find within a month. Ready to drink.May 14, 2018Purchased
6 months agoNot a bad stout for the money.Great stout for the money. I’ll eventually get around to making it again (I like to have a healthy variety to choose from). It’s smooth and easy to drink. I’ve given a few away to friends and they all had good things to say about it.April 25, 2018Purchased
9 months agoSecond time aroundIf you like stout, it's pretty good, actually, for a 5 gallon batch, it's great for the price. I added cocau nibs, but think I either didn't use enough, didn't let it age long enough, or the hops drowned out the flavor of the chocolate/maltApril 22, 2018Purchased
over 2 years agoBSB Kits are awesomeMy 15th batch I've brewed, but my first stout. Easy to brews, great aroma.April 13, 2018Purchased
7 months agoBeing an IPA lover, this plain stout is very drinkable. Plenty of flavor without heavyness. Easy to brew. Easy to drink.March 27, 2018Purchased
7 months agoNice, real nicePretty easy to brew, it would be great by itself but I split it in half making a coffee and a chocolate stout. I hope Midwest get a bigger selection of simply beerI added a little lactose to give it sweetness not to much though and cocoa to top it offMarch 24, 2018Purchased
7 months 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???