1776 American Pale Ale

1776 Ale American Pale Ale is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 39.
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Brew up this classic style brew reminiscent of the beers that were available back in 1776. Celebrate America in the form of a beer!


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    What You Get

    1 American Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of LME Smooth 

    1 Packet of Crystal Pellet Hops

    1 Packet of US-05

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale

    Firestone Walker Pale 31

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.042

    Final Gravity: 1.011

    ABV: 4.2%

    SRM: (Color): 7

    IBU: (Bitterness): 17


    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract,(not needed for this recipe), then place
    the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water. 

    2. Place both packets of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material 

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this to a boil, add in your
    hop sack, then remove from heat.

    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot hop water in your pot. Stir
    until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. 

    5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be
    approximately 1 gallon of water. 

    6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water.
    (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark). 

    7. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    8. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct
    sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide. 

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Rick from Couldn't wait!!! I had my eye on this one for a while. I finally ordered it and brewed it right away when it arrived. When I bottled it, I sampled a little and was very impressed. It's been 9 days since bottling, and I couldn't wait - my curiosity got the best of me. I'm blown away! If this gets better with time, I can't imagine what it'll be like because it's already outstanding. Nice hoppy nose and spicy finish, but what got me was the creamy smoothness. By far the best I've brewed so far. This was my 10th batch since last August.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by ICEdaddy from refreshing A nice spin on the Patriot Lager, which is a bit plain. I am not a hoppy beer fan, but the Liberty hops give it a slight citrusy like flavor. And it is relatively light and very drinkable. A nice summer refresher sort of beer. Is this a "wow" sort of beer? Not really, but it is very nice and something you will be happy to repeatedly quaff. Tasted much better after 4 weeks conditioning compared to 2 (I had it in the keg for 3 weeks as a lot of people recommend), so be patient.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy Livin' Jim from What a Pleasant Surprise! "2 weeks in the fermenter and 2 weeks on the counter, followed by a day or 2 of refrigeration makes drinking this beer a truly pleasant experience. My only regret is that I only ordered 1 batch. I'm about to order 3 more!Time waits for no one, but patience is a virtue; worth pondering over, especially over a few Columbus' Cascading Amber Ale! "
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Gary6R from Pretty Good Beer (though not a favorite) This recipe seems to be an effective take on the American Pale Ale style. (Though the designation "IPA" appears in the marketing description, I believe that's in error.) There's a commercial Boston Ale out there, right? This one may be close to that. Reasonably rich balance of flavors, good aroma, relatively light ABV-wise. Considering the variety of additional ingredients, though, and the longer preparation cycle, I'm not sure this one will go on my repeat-favorites list. I've also become partial to varieties with more lingering hoppy bitterness (including several Mr. Beer home-brew recipes) and this ale doesn't really provide those qualities. Giving it an "okay, fine" personal evaluation rating of B.
    Date published: 2018-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by KeithTexas from Wow! Outstanding recipe! Wow! This 1776 ale is outstanding. The flavor has some subtle caramel and other spices. This is not a thin beer. Lots of flavor. The color is beautiful. The instructions suggest a color number of 7. I estimate a 9 for my color. Very beautiful beer. Great aroma and mouth feel. I think it will get even better with a few more weeks of conditioning. I fermented for 3 weeks and conditioned for 4 weeks. This 1776 ale is near the top of my list of beers!
    Date published: 2016-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by jdtgoiu from Top Notch Recipe This was my first Mr. Beer recipe and second batch overall. I was very happy with the end result. The beer tasted fantastic. It poured with a nice lasting head, was full bodied and the hops were not overpowering, but provided a spicy finish. This batch went quickly and received thumbs up from everyone who sampled it. I ordered another right away.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom from Easy "First time brewer using hops,was not sure how it would turn out but was pleasantlySurprised .I have found with all the recipes that I have tried is to take your time.I usually let my beer brew for 3-4weeks before I bottle it.Then let it carbonate for another 3-4 weeks.I give this recipe 2 thumbs up,smooth with just a bit of bitterness from the hops,very drinkable. "
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Goldendale Beer from My go to beer I have made this beer several times. It is one that my wife and I both like. Not too hoppy but you can tell that they are there. I try several different recipes and always come back to 1776.
    Date published: 2017-09-26
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    The detail list of ingredients shows 1 pack of hops included with this recipe. The instructions say to add both packs of hops to the hop sack. So, which is it? One pack of hops or two?

    Asked by: Breeze
    It is just one. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-04-08
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