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A beauty of an ale, golden in color, malty and full-bodied, and seriously quaffable in honor of the father of modern fermentation. Topped off with a thick, creamy white head of foam, the carbonation dances on your tongue as it slides down your throat. It's all about the yeast with this one, so thank you Louis for all your work in the field. You truly revolutionized the brewing world as well as many others with your dedication to science!

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What You Get

1 Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

1 Packet of BrewMax LME Smooth

2 Packets of Booster

1 Packet Safbrew T-58 Dry Ale Yeast

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

Brew Specs

Flavor: Balanced

Original Gravity: 1.055

Final Gravity: 1.013

ABV: 5.7%

SRM: (Color): 5

IBU: (Bitterness): 19

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,(not needed for this recipe), then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Slowly sprinkle in the packets of Booster and stir untill dissolved. Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.

4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture 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 T-58 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.

STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

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 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 4 out of 5 by OtherEricJ from A beer-flavored beer This is a tasty but simple beer--not overwhelmed by hops. I'll admit I'm not crazy about working with the dry extract, but other than that, the brewing is easy and given some time to condition, the beer is a happy sight in my fridge. I bottled two months ago and it is coming into its own, with a good body. Mine turned out a little darker in color than the recipe picture, which didn't bother me.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by Shrike from A Good Pale Ale With Malt as the Star This is a tasty pale ale. It's malt-forward, which is a nice change when seemingly four out of five beers today are some form of "Hoppy McHopHead's Hoptastic Hopslosion". It's full-flavored but not overly complex; it goes down smoothly with a pleasant malty after taste. It's so drinkable, in fact, that at 5.7% a few of these on a hot summer's day may creep up on you.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by gr62063 from Solid Brew for a wide audience I used Canadian HME, Smooth LME, and 2 boosters per directions. However, since I had to use 12oz. bottles for the first time, I had to switch from carbonization tablets to sugar. Research about how much sugar to use was inconclusive, so I bottled half with ¾ tsp, and half with 1 tsp. I fermented for 3 weeks and carbonated/conditioned for 59 days. Both batches were excellent. My favorite, on the first tasting, was the ¾ tsp. batch as it was less fizzy, especially when first opened. However, on the second tasting I found the ¾ tsp bottle to be lacking carbonation and the 1tsp bottle to be better, especially toward the bottom of the glass. This is an individual taste so try it yourself. I may try .9 tsp of sugar or something like that to hit the happy medium. Light amber color and very little head (especially on the ¾ tsp. batch) but both were very enjoyable with more body or substance than the big brewers offerings. I am not a fan of IPA’s, and if you agree, this will be for you. I will amend this review if the remaining 20 bottles change my mind about anything,
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by Creamz13 from Good Beer is good. Not my style or favorite mr beer recipe but still a good brew. I tasted after 1 week of conditioning, I will be tasting again in 2 weeks and add more to review. Easy drinking beer so far.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sparty2304 from Good summer beer for around the fire. Really nice flavor in this beer nice malty flavor. The low abv makes it a nice summer beer for yard work or hanging with friends around the fire pit.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fporch from Very Good, Balanced Beer This beer has enough body and complexity to make it interesting to any craft beer fan, but is still light enough to appeal to
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by MiniYoda from East to make, great to drink Although it is a very simple recipe, it's a very good beer to drink. I love this one and will probably make it again soon
Date published: 2017-08-19
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