Classic American Light Deluxe Refill

Classic American Light Deluxe Refill is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 76.
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  • If you enjoy drinking Bud Light, Coors Light, or Miller Lite 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. 
  • 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. 
  • This Refill includes our Classic American Light HME, 2 Packets of BrewMax LME Pale, 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. Bring water to a boil, and then remove pot from heat.

    3. Open packet of BrewMax LME and the can of brewing extract 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 Budman from What went wrong Followed the directions precisely. This was my 3rd attempt with the same refill. After the brewing process, bottling, etc., the beer was not clear as anticipated. It was advertised it was a light colored beer similar to Budweiser and Miller Lite. It didn't come out looking like either. It was definitely shades darker with a different taste. I drink Bud Lite and I know what it tastes like. This wasn't close. Two of my friends tasted it as well and could not put their finger on what the taste was similar to. So, what went wrong?
    Date published: 2017-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Phillip from A great everyday beer This is a simple and fantastic recipe to make. It's full of flavor with a simple and refreshing dry finish. It's make a great everyday beer. As always, follow the 3 week fermenting and 4 week conditioning rule to experience the great flavor of this beer.
    Date published: 2015-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by corbinwallace from Easy beer to make and taste great I bought a brew kit a year ago and have made several seasonal brews, this is my first with the American Light deluxe refill. In about 3 weeks i had a bottled beer that was great in taste. To be honest I believe it is better tasting than any domestic beers here in the USA. If you don't rush any of the process from the beginning to the end of brewing you will have a very refreshing beverage. Happy Brewing Everyone!
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Harold from Easy to brew I have used Mr Beer a couple of times. Enjoy making and drinking. Great flavor
    Date published: 2016-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Gary1234 from Classic American Light This is better than any beer that I can by in the store. I will definitely be ordering more in the near future. What a delightful tasting beer.
    Date published: 2016-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Tim from Best one i've done so far You really have to leave these things longer than the suggested timing. I honestly have no idea why "minimum" 2 weeks for each phase is suggested. 2 weeks for each phase renders strong apple juice. I'm liking it more and more, but wondering if I'll soon just buy beer at the store. Fun to make, but unsettling when it doesn't taste like normal beer.
    Date published: 2015-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by birdman920 from surprisingly good beer Took about 35 days from start to finish. I had very low expectations but was pleasantly surprised by taste as we're 4 others I shared with, and was asked when I was going to make more. Although color was a bit darker than I usually drink and also had a sweetness in taste that actually added to my liking.
    Date published: 2016-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by alabduhn from Good brew I brewed American light lager beer . I am waiting for the second fermentation to be completed
    Date published: 2017-10-27
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    what is the difference between standard refill and deluxe refill?

    Asked by: jimbach
    Standard refills come with BrewMax Booster (adds body and ABV but minimally affects color or flavor) the Deluxe refills come with BrewMax LME (liquid malt, like what is in the can) and these add body, ABV, color, and malt flavor to the finished brew. (My usual suggestion is Standard for lighter beers and Deluxe for malty or darker beers if you haven't tried that refill before.)
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-05-15

    What’s the difference between standard refill and deluxe refill 

    Asked by: Kent 001
    Hello, Standard refills come with Booster to enhance the ABV. They do not change or enhance the base cans flavor. Deluxe Comes with two additional packets of malt instead of Booster. These packets of malt will raise the alcohol but they will also enhance flavor and color. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-02-28

    Does LME have enough sugar in it to replace the booster ?

    Asked by: ceequestr
    Yes, LME is pure liquid malt so it actually provides more than Booster does. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-02-24

    Do the refill kits come with carbonation drops?

    Asked by: Beer drinker
    Hello, Only the "Complete craft refills" come with carb drops included. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-01-27

    The deluxe refill came with 2 brewing lme soft packs. The online instructions say to add packet when adding the can to boiled water... do I use both soft packs? Instructions are unclear to me.

    Asked by: HansOlo
    Hello! We send two softpacks, but if you prefer to only use one that is fine. Most of our customers prefer using two. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-01-03

    Anyone know how many calories in this beer and the standard refill?

    Asked by: Pop432
    Hello! The deluxe refill comes out to about 140 calories per serving and the standard and same with the standard! Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-20
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