American Ale Standard Refill

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Rich golden color, light toasty malt character with a citrusy hop aroma and crisp bitterness.


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  • 1 Can American Ale Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 2 Booster™ Pouches
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser


Additional Information

Flavor: Hoppy

ABV (alc/vol): 5%

SRM (Color): 3

IBU (Bitterness): 36

This product will produce 8 liters of beer in approximately 3 weeks

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Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk).



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, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
  2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour it into the hot water. Open Booster packets and slowly pour into hot mixture while stirring. Continue to stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
  3. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
  4. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
  5. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
  6. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 65° and 75° F (18.3°-23.8° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.
  7. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.


Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk).

Flavor Profile

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Alcohol by volume: 5%
SRM (color): 3
IBU (Bitterness): 36
American Ale Standard Refill is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not bad at all!!!! When my wife had bought me a Mr. Beer Kit, she had also bought the American Ale refill with it as well. After doing a few beers, I decided to go ahead and brew this bad boy. With this, I added the LME soft pack and after 5 days of fermentation, I decided to had a cup of local raw honey, then bottled after 3 weeks total after fermentation. After a week of conditioning, flavor wasn't much to write home about. Two weeks, we were starting to get somewhere and after three weeks plus, wow!!!! The finish was crisp and didn't taste as sweet. Head retention was decent as well as lacing on the glass. Will definitely try this bad boy again just to have on hand or even try other experiments with.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better than no beer This beer just meets the standard of having a beer: carbonated, fermented malt and hops. I'd take it if there were no other beer to drink. Also, mine was exceedingly over-carbonated. This may have been user error, but I followed the directions precisely: (completely dissolved booster before adding wert extract, 15 days fermentation time, and one teaspoon of cane sugar per 12 ounce bottle). I think the booster caused over-carbonation because the only other product I brewed so far with a booster was very, very carbonated. Took me 10 minutes just to get a 12 ounce bottle in a 24 ounce glass, at a gentle pour into a declined glass.
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My New Favorites I wasn't impressed with this beer when it was first ready to drink after five weeks of conditioning. It was weak and thin bodied. But, after letting it condition for a full three months it has turned into an absolutely outstanding beer. It has a nice rich body with a crisp hoppy flavor. It's copper in color and looks and tastes like something you would buy from a local craft brewery. In brewing this one I didn't use the included booster, but added 3/4 lb of Light Golden DME. This beer has moved up my list to be regularly brewed. Give it a try, but be patient and let it condition for a few months.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good taste easy Home Brew I have brewed the American Ale 3 times now and have been very happy with it. Color and flavor make this a very nice drinking beer and it fits well with summer activity or as a Thanksgiving table drink. I am brewing my first batch with the booster, been up for a week now, will comment on that after it is ready. Experimenting with the time you leave it in the keg will help you tailor the taste to what you like, I go about 3 weeks. Also if you are priming with sugar try using a little more than what is called for. Overall I think this is well worth your time for an easy drinking, good tasting, home brew.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile Recipe Base For me, American Ale by itself (using HME can only or standard or deluxe refills) is not my favorite. It turns out fine but to me is neutral & lacks character -- maybe too balanced? But where it shines for me is as a recipe base. My Scottish-ish Ale (not Scotch Ale) mashes some cracked & cooked rye and a small amount of peated malt as an adjunct to the HME can (plus, optionally, some booster or UME syrup). The rye and light smoke invite another sip. I wouldn't say no to a straight American Ale but it provides me a low risk way to try some recipe ideas.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Basic Brew Fermented for three weeks, conditioned for 4 weeks, refrigerated for 3 days before trying. I was a little disappointed with this one.  Perhaps further conditioning will improve results.  The appearance was very good.  Not much of an aroma, and the taste is kinda bland -- pretty crisp, malty, not much of a hop presence -- nothing special.  Your basic brew -- reminded me of when you first start drinking when you're young and you have a "beer is beer" approach to drinking, so something nondescript doesn't bother you all that much.  That said, this will be fine to have with a burger or chicken wings or on a hot day after mowing the lawn, but would not be my go-to if I just want to sit back and enjoy a beer on its own.  
Date published: 2016-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best Mr. Beer Brew I have tried a majority of the Beers that Mr. Beer provides plus a handful of recipes as well. American Ale is by far the best beer, just as good as anything you can get commercially. I will be keeping a case of this brew on hand at all times, plus still continue sampling other recipes. Very, very good beer.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beer. I make this often and is a really great refreshing beer. I used the boost along with LME Pale mostly.
Date published: 2017-07-04
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