American Lager Standard Refill

American Lager Standard Refill is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 75.
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  • 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 designed 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 and 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 Lager HME, 2 Bags of BrewMax Booster, 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser, and 1 packet of brewing yeast
  • If you enjoy drinking Budweiser, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Coors, Pabst Blue Ribbon, or Rolling Rock then this is the Refill for you!
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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.


    STEP 2: 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 3 out of 5 by Gary6R from Turned Out Okay I was looking for a relatively-simple homebrew mix and this was that. Can't say it resembled the list of mass-marketed commercial beers noted in the description. The closest probably the S-A Boston Lager; certainly in the color (much more amber that SRM 3), though the flavor here was richer, malt-wise. (Not a bad flavor, though, just richer and fuller than the U.S. commercial varieties.) Giving it my personal grade of B-. It's okay, not great. May or may not try it again, since there are so many other varieties I must check out.
    Date published: 2017-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Ernie from 2nd time brewer Being that this is only my second time brewing I think I will experiment a little. The first time I brewed I think I was to excited and just couldn't wait.... It turned out good and was drank in just a couple days. This time I am going to wait give it a little longer to ferment an extra week .. My advice to anyone trying it for the first time DON'T RUSH IT...
    Date published: 2016-01-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Johnny B from Two Thumbs Up for American Lager! My daughter gave me my first Mr Beer kit as a Christmas present. She picked the American Lager and I’m so happy she did. I’ve never made beer before and although I was slightly concern how it would come out, I had my first sample of a bottle tonight and the quality, taste and color exceeds my expectations! The instruction provided with the kit were pretty clear to follow and I’d recommend any first time brewers read the instructions from start to finish before brewing so you know what must be done to make great beer, how long it takes and temperature guidelines for the bottling and fermenting. The great thing is, you don’t refrigerate it until a day or two before you want to drink it. The rest of the time you keep it in a cool dark place. I’m stoked how good it taste and it was made in my house! Thanks Mr Beer!
    Date published: 2018-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by TedK from Excellent beer for summer. Years ago Mr. Beer had a refill called Cowboy Golden Lager. Unfortunately, it was discontinued. However, American Lager is very close in taste and smoothness. It's light and fresh, just perfect on a hot summer's day after mowing the yard. Better yet, enjoy it while mowing the yard.
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Dawnnicole from The beer of beers I RECeIVED THIS AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT 2016 Christmas, and I tell you it was the best present I got that year , even beat the jewelry I got. I had a get together and had great reviews from a lot of my guest, and two couples were even looking into purchasing themselves. I'm definitely a fan and a forever customer!
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by BrewDadT from Great brew I brewed this lager and the porter at the same time. I then mixed the two at bottling and came up wit a Black and Tan that is fantastic! The mix was about 65% lager and 45% porter which created an awesome balance and complexity between the two. I did bottle a few of each recipe and this lager is a really good staple. Would brew it again... Happy brewing!
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Davz13 from Great brew Pours golden with off-white head; nice retention. Aroma of pome fruits. Tastes of butter, apple, caramel candies.
    Date published: 2017-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Sourcerer from Great Outcome - Terrific Flavor Followed the simple directions and created a great tasting beer... looking forward to making the next batch.
    Date published: 2017-09-02
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