American Ale Standard Refill

American Ale Standard Refill is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 170.
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  • If you enjoy drinking Deschutes Mirror Pond or Dale's Pale Ale then this is the Refill for you!
  • Our Refills come with everything that is needed to brew your next batch of great tasting beer. 
  • All of our Refills are done brewing within 10-14 days and are for brewing 2-gallon batches. 
  • Mr. Beer's brewing extract is formulated and produced by master brewers at Coopers Brewery in Australia using the highest quality, all-natural barley and hops.
  • Every Mr. Beer Refill comes with Coopers proprietary brewing yeast that performs well in a wide range of temperatures. 
  • With this Refill, you will get our American Ale HME, 2 Bags of BrewMax Booster, 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser, and 1 packet of brewing yeast.
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    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    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, then remove the label from the can. Place the unopened can in hot tap water

    2. Using the clean measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your 4-quart or larger pot. Add your booster packs slowly while stirring the cool water until dissolved. Bring water to a boil, and then remove pot from heat.

    3. Open the can of brewing extract from the bottom of the can and pour it into the pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture is the wort.

    4. Fill the keg with cold water to line mark 1 on the back. The water must be cold (ideally from the refrigerator) with a temperature of 40-55°F/4-12°C. For the best results, we recommend using bottled spring water or filtered tap water. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into the keg and then bring the volume of the keg up to line mark 2 by adding more cold water. Mix vigorously with the plastic spoon/ whisk. Be careful to not scratch the inside of the keg, which could create small spaces for bacteria to grow. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Sprinkle the entire yeast packet into the keg and then screw on the lid.Do not stir.

    7. Allow your fermenter to sit for 10-14 days.

    Store the fermenter in a cool, dark place between 68-78°F/20-26°C for the yeast to work properly. The ideal temperature range is 70-72°F / 21-22°C. After a few days the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. However, the yeast is still at work, slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 10 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 4 more days (14 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 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 solution 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 to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    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 2ndGenTeggyx2 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 5 out of 5 by Bohemian Master Brewer 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 2 out of 5 by Russ 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 WNOBLE 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 3 out of 5 by MightyKTC 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 ToddSchultz 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 4 out of 5 by Kevin 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 3 out of 5 by D M M from Not Too Shabby - I'll Do Better Next Time I like the finished product, but I made 2 mistakes. First, I didn't let the beer ferment long enough. Second, the conditioning temp was a bit low (68F). After 13 days of fermentation I though it tasted good enough, but in retrospect it was probably not quite ready. Bottled and conditioned for 14 days. The first sample was cidery/sweet and not well carbonated. The second sample, 7 days later, was about the same, but the flavor was a bit more intense. Overall, not bad. The 3-stars reflect more on my lack of skill & experience than the quality of the product. My Tips: Be patient and watch those temps.
    Date published: 2020-06-29
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