Classic American Light Standard Refill

Classic American Light Standard Refill is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 235.
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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 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, 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 Classic American Light 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 4 out of 5 by DocScott from Pleasantly Surprised Not a "light" guy, but since it came with the Mr. Beer LBK Starter Kit, I expected this to be my crash-and-burn, first-time brew... 2-week to ferment, 2-week to lager. This kit was VERY easy to use, and the beer came out way better than I expected. Similar to your American light beers (Bud Light, Miller Lite), but this had more flavor than I expected. I bottled half of the keg (1 gal = 5 of the 740 mL bottles) with 2 carb pellets in each bottle, and the other gallon with the recommended 2 tsp sugar in each bottle. I actually preferred the table sugar, but it added a bit of cider taste. Great product to get the homebrewing started!
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by BobW from A good first try I have brewed two batches of this beer. The first, I brewed at too low a temperature - about 67 degrees. After two weeks, it was still cloudy and had a sweet taste so I let it brew another week. After a total of three weeks, I bottled it and let it age for two more weeks, but it still had a sour apple taste. I let it go for another week and then two weeks in the fridge. It was passable, but not great. I have since tried another batch brewed at about 72 degrees and it was much better. It is still a little mild for me, so I am going to try the American Lager. The process is easy and almost foolproof if you brew at the right temperature.
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Ezzak from Great Beer For the Value. I bought this beer as my first beer to try, was a little nervous on trying to get the brewing process right. I watch a lot of youtube videos and the cd that came with my kit. Since then I brew it a lot and have just put another batch down. Now I'm considering on trying something new. I keep at least 4 to 5 batchs on standby in my basement. totally recommend. the beer has a light crisp refreshing taste, just as long as you don't rush it an follow all directions. I usually ferment mine for 2 weeks and bottle it for 2 week before I give it a try. totally recommend this one for a starter. Go For It! Live a Little and try mr beer American light. let me know what you all think. email me.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by John E from A bit too bland for me, but a good starting kit. I recently purchased a new LBK to run a few small batches while my all-grain brews were fermenting. This kit was included. If you're a fan of light beers, this is a keeper. If you prefer more complex flavors and body, it'll leave you hanging. At the time of this writing, the fermentation was two weeks in the LBK, then batch primed into 12 oz. glass bottles, for another 2 weeks to carbonate. I could see this being something to keep on hand when you've got a bunch of people coming over.
    Date published: 2016-02-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Mcapt04 from My First Brew. This was a Christmas present from my parents. I am not a huge "light beer" fan but seeing as how I had never made my own beer I thought I would give it a shot. Fermented 2 weeks and bottled for 3 (seemed like forever) this beer was a big surprise to me. Cold, crisp and very refreshing with a very nice flavor. Much more flavor than the " commercial " light beers you can buy. Simple and easy introduction to the Mr. Beer world. Just finished bottling my "Octoberfestivus" and cant wait to try it!
    Date published: 2016-02-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by sierra77 from Great taste - Pretty good for a first time! I picked up the LBK kit in a local store to try it out. I've made several wines at home but hadn't tried making beer. The American Light was the brewing extract that came with the kit. It turned out quite well although a bit under carbonated (I bought the 12 oz. bottles instead of the 16 oz. bottles). It may have been that the caps weren't tight enough but I still got a slight hiss when I unscrewed the caps. In any case, the beer tasted great and tasted a lot better than the American Light beers that are commercially made. I'm on to my next brew.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by DEFbrewer from Nice Light Beer This brew is light in color and easy to drink. It has a slight dry taste on the back of my tongue. I brewed this recipe for those family and friends that would rather drink light beers. They like it. Put my LBK in a cooler with a digital thermometer taped to the back, below the wort line, with a hand towel placed between the probe and cooler. Using bottles of ice, I kept the temp. at 63-65 degrees, as best I could, for 3 weeks. Bottled in the MrBeer 740ml plastic bottles with 2 carbonation drops per bottle. Stored them in a 72 degree area for 3 weeks to carbonate and left them there for another 3 weeks to condition.
    Date published: 2018-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Malcolm from balanced flavor with almost no after taste a fun nice little beer, very nice flavor with just a hint of yeast. No after taste. I used spring water to brew and have let the bottled beer age about three weeks, very nice head. would brew this one again
    Date published: 2015-08-31
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    What is the difference between standard and complete refill?

    Asked by: Buddysmama
    13. What is the difference between standard, deluxe, and craft refills?” Standard refills come with Boosters which are composed of corn solids. Boosters' primary purpose is to raise the alcohol volume of your brew can and do not contribute additional flavor. Deluxe refills come with the same cans, but instead of Boosters, they come with LME soft packs (liquid malt extract), that raise your ABV, increase body and mouthfeel, improve foam retention, and increase the flavor. Craft refills are larger brew cans, they do not come with Boosters or additional LME because of this. A craft refill will reach about 5% ABV without any additional boosters or malt being added.
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2024-01-14

    Would I get something worth drinking by adding one can of Classic American Light to one can of Diablo IPA? Total fermentable volume will be 4.25 gallons in a vessel plenty large enough to handle the krausen.

    Asked by: Leadfoot
    The Classic American Light (CAL) is a very light beer in the flavor department, which at the size will reduce the impact of the Diablo, but I think you'd be left with a good 5% - 5.5% session beer. You might not blow the doors off your taste buds but I'm sure it'll be entirely drinkable. Let us know how it turns out! Cheers!
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-10-24

    When all of this order is over $ 82.00 including tax does that mean free shipping

    Asked by: Tankerboy
    Hello. In order to qualify for free shipping, your subtotal must be $75 or more. You must also be shipping within the lower 48 states and be using a physical address, not a P.O. box. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-12-20

    I did not have any booster packets to add to my Classic American Light. I did puree 1 lb of peaches and 1/2 cup of honey and went through the fermentation process. Approximately, what will the Alcohol ABV be?

    Asked by: Psych
    You will likely end somewhere around 5.5% Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-09-21

    What is the ABV when this is done with no additional ingredients?

    Asked by: lodijoe
    Standard refills come in at just under 5% Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-03-20

    If I wanted to make a 4 gallon batch, would it be as simple as doubling the ingredients, or is there more to it?

    Asked by: Dominos
    Doubling the ingredients would work for a 4-gallon batch.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2021-04-16

    I have a kit. Is this refill alll I need to make a batch?

    Asked by: JonD
    Jon, depending on which kit you have, most everything you need to brew should be included. Besides the brewing extract, you will need carbonation drops (included in most kits), bottles (included in most kits), your keg, yeast (under lid of brewing extract), and the No-Rinse Cleanser. The equipment needed are common kitchen items such as a pot and a spoon or whisk.
    Answered by: SarahBeer
    Date published: 2023-05-16
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