Big Mountain Ale

Big Mountain Ale is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
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A tribute to our Brewmaster Zach's first-ever homebrew. This was a recipe brewed over 20 years and still stands the test of time as a must brew for any new homebrewer. This beer has it all, full of malt flavor, just the perfect amount of bitterness from the hops along with an amazing aroma. If you are looking for your next favorite brew this is it. The perfect brew to drink all year round! While your drinking one, raise a glass to Zach for bringing this recipe all the way from Vermont to Mr. Beer, Cheers! 

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    What You Get

    1 Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

    2 Packets of Golden LME

    1 Packet of Carapils Malt

    2 Packets of Fuggle Hops

    1 Packet of Northern Brewer Hops

    1 Packet of Cluster Hops

    3 Muslin Hop Sack

    1 Packet of S-04 Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.063

    Final Gravity: 1.014

    ABV: 6.38%

    SRM: (Color): 9

    IBU: (Bitterness): 26


    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 LME’s in hot tap water.

    2. Add the Carapils malt to one of the muslin sacks and tie it closed so that the grain may flow freely within the bag. Trim away the excess.

    3. Add 8 cups of water to a 1 gallon or larger pot. Bring the temperature of this water up to 155-160 degrees. Add your sack of grains to this water and hold the temperature between 145-155, for 30 minutes.

    4. While your grains are steeping, add 1 packet of Fuggle Hops, Northern Brewer Hops, and Cluster Hops to a hop sack and tie closed so that the hops have enough room to expand, trim away the excess. Set aside.

    5. Then add the remaining packet of Fuggle Hops to a hop sack and tie closed so that the hops have enough room to expand, trim away the excess. Set aside.

    6. Once 30 minutes have passed, remove the grain bag from your pot and rinse the grain bag with one cup of hot water, allowing the run-off to drain into the pot, do not squeeze the bag. Discard grains. Remove the Pot from heat.

    7. Add in both packets of LME and Stir until thoroughly mixed. Once mixed, bring this mixture to a low rolling boil. While it is heating up continue to stir to prevent the LME from scorching on the bottom of the pot.

    8. Once you have reached a low rolling boil add in the hop sack with Fuggle Hops, Northern Brewer Hops, and Cluster Hops and let this boil for 20 minutes.

    9. Once 20 minutes is up add in the second hopsack and remove the pot from heat.

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

    11. 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.

    12. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water.

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

    14. Sprinkle the S-04 Dry Ale 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 21 days.


    After 21 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 (24 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 1 out of 5 by Beerguy 2019 from Not even close to expectations Had super high hopes for Big Mountain Ale, but was extremely disappointed. This is one of the higher priced brews, and since it used my favorite, Bewitched Amber Ale extract, I waited with high expectations. My final product was darker than the expected picture. Although it is an Ale, it looked and tasted like a Bock.or a Stout. Malt flavor?? Yes, but it is overpowering. Too much of a malty favor. I got 6.04% ABV, but it tasted like a much stronger beer with an unpleasant malt taste. I doubt I goofed on the recipe. I have made over 100 LBK brews (2 gallon Little Brown Kegs) and only had 2 that I was disappointed in. This was 1 of those 2. Sorry for the dislike Mr. Beer, but this one didn't measure up. Hopefully others had better success with Big Mountain Ale.
    Date published: 2021-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevin K from WOW GREAT BREW! I’m beyond great full I tried this brew. Very tasty! I will be doing this one again!
    Date published: 2020-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by D Knight from Big Mountain Ale One of my favorites. Nice balanced flavor. Just ordered more.
    Date published: 2021-03-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Beer no Evil from Great taste but a lot darker than expected I bought this beer and was looking for a nice lightly hopped ale, but it came out more like a porter. The color was much darker than the picture. It still was a great tasking beer.
    Date published: 2021-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by WW Brewman from Go Big and Go Big Mountain Really big flavor profile and an enticing aroma with this one. If you find its not in your top five, you will find someone who thinks it is. Definitely a winner for many.
    Date published: 2023-01-07
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