Classic American Light Starter Beer Making Kit

Classic American Light Starter Beer Making Kit is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 34.
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  • Best beer Kit for Beginners - Our beer kits are designed for the first-time brewer in mind Step-by-step instructions, simple ingredients, and easy to use brewing equipment.
  • Only Takes 30 Minutes of Your Time to Brew - Using our hopped Malt extract you can brew up a batch of beer in less than 30 minutes.
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  • Comes with Everything You Need - Our beer Kit comes with everything you need to brew your first batch of beer. No need for additional large pots, strainers, or brewing equipment. All you need is a Mr. Beer Starter Kit, bottles, water, and common kitchen items to get started.
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Our Classic American Light Starter Beer Making Kit comes with everything that is needed to get started brewing. This kit provides aspiring brewers with our patented brewing equipment and high-quality ingredients that simplify the Homebrewing process. Our patented brewing system includes a compact lightweight fermenter that is modeled after the design of professional brewing equipment. We also include a can of brewing extract - a concentrated form of all-natural malted barley and hops - produced in a state-of-the-art facility by Australia's oldest family-owned brewery as well as no-rinse Cleanser and unique carbonation drops to simplify the sanitization and carbonation process. This kit is designed to brew 2-Gallons of great tasting beer. 

Brewing with Mr. Beer is a relatively simple process. Below is a short instructional overview of the brewing process so you can feel confident knowing you can brew this. 

Short Overview of the Brewing Process

Simple Brewing Process

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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 the 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 the 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 the top of the 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 the 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 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 solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be used 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. 

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 Steve o from Awesome It is a fun ordeal. Easy to follow steps that even a child could understand... an adult child, that is.. Perhaps too fun because we are impatient to try our new brew! Not an all in one kit by any means, so one would need to invest in some bottles (20x 16) or get the kit with the bottles included, (not sure if those are enough for 2 gallon batch though.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by Angelbutt1 from I will never buy this product again This was my husband's birthday present when I received it the powder was completely opened and all over the entire package when I opened it so it was practically empty and half the stuff was in the package I will never buy anything from this company again I only got my husband a couple presents and this was one of them and he couldn't even use it
Date published: 2022-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by Erik from Beer kit Beer is OK, the container leaks from the bottom bad
Date published: 2024-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robert A from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy I have wanted to give home brewing a try for quite a while but I was concerned about the complexity and expense. Mr. Beer eliminated both of those hurdles. Holy smoke was this easy! I cant wait to brew up more!
Date published: 2022-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jacin1 from Bad extract The keg is a good product bit my problem is with the extract. It says American light but is dark and bitter like an ale. Followed the instructions to a tee and just not good.
Date published: 2021-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maggie from My husband loves this kit!! Awesome!!! I bought this for my husband for Christmas and he was so excited! Easy process and directions! Can not wait to purchase and buy another kind to experiment with!!
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Best kit ever This kit was so easy to use and the beer came out great. Also the customer service was fantastic. I reached out to them one time and they answered back quickly.
Date published: 2022-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fatima from Present Got this kit for my dad for Christmas and he seemed really excited about it. Super easy instructions and he hasn’t brewed it up yet but he is really excited to.
Date published: 2021-01-13
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I have just bottled my first brew of American Lite. The last two bottles of my 12 came out cloudy with sedimentation floating in it. Did I do something wrong or was this the stuff I’m the bottom of the fermenter?

Asked by: jsandslpn
That's just "trub", it is normal. Cheers!
Answered by: MRBEER
Date published: 2022-07-18


Asked by: Nickcass81
Hello, Starter kits do not come with bottles included. "Complete beer making kits" come with bottles, caps and carb drops. Cheers!
Answered by: MRBEER
Date published: 2022-02-16

Just brewed the American light beer. My question is, will i need the carbonation drops when it comes time to bottle? Alil confessed, kit didn't come with any. Thanks

Asked by: Towboat
Some kits do not come with carb drops included as carb drops are just sugar. All naturally conditioned beers need some kind of sugar added to the bottle in order to become carbonated. Please refer to this chart Cheers!
Answered by: MRBEER
Date published: 2022-02-11

After brewing the classic American Light beer, it came out an amber color. It looks more like an Ale than a light colored Lager, is this normal or did something happen during fermentation process? I like it, just a little confused.

Asked by: Brian M
Hello! Extract beers will almost always be a bit darker than their all-grain counterparts. There are some conditions that an intensify this. The main reason for beer darkening is exposure to air, this can happen from fermenting for over two weeks, or from a "rough" bottling process. Usually it is nothing much to be concerned with, especially if it tastes good! Cheers!
Answered by: MRBEER
Date published: 2021-08-25

If I want to add fresh citrus or coffee, or some other flavoring to a kit, when would I add it?

Asked by: Roco19
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