El Gordito Mexican Lager

El Gordito Mexican Lager is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 21.
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This lager is a perfect example of the Vienna style lagers popular throughout Mexico, and now becoming more popular here in the US. Light and refreshing, this is the perfect beer to enjoy after a long day of work or during the hot summers. With its crisp, balanced flavor and clean finish, this beer is best enjoyed with a wedge of lime.

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    What You Get

    1 Can of Aztec Mexican Cerveza Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet of Vienna Malt

    1 Packet of Flaked Yellow Corn

    1 Packet of Saaz pellet hops 

    1 Packet of S-23 Lager Yeast

    2 Muslin Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balance

    Original Gravity: 1.036

    Final Gravity: 1.009

    ABV: 3.5%

    SRM: (Color): 3

    IBU: (Bitterness): 13


    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 place the
    unopened can in hot tap water.

    2. Using a measuring cup, pour 6 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot.

    3. Add the grains to the Muslin Grain Sack and bring your water up to above 155 degrees F.

    4. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees. (You
    may add up to another 2 cups of hot water to make sure that your grains can be fully

    5. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack
    over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard grain

    6. Place the pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material. 

    7. Bring grain water to a boil, add in hop sack, and then remove from heat.

    8. 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.

    9. 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).

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

    11. Sprinkle the S-23 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 53.6° and 59° F (12°-15°
    C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    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 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 4 out of 5 by Trumpetman from Partial Mash This turned out great. Clean and Refreshing. 4 Stars because they called the Yeast an Ale yeast but it is a Lager yeast. I used the Yeast under the Lid so I really made a Cream Ale. The use of a partial mash is noticeable in the flavor profile and Mouth-feel. Also the dry Hopping worked well. Very convenient all measured and Milled grains. I have come back to using Hopped Malt Extract Mr Beer for the ease, and saving of time. Carb Drops worked well. Trumpetman
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by jron40 from LOVED IT I have been a fan of Mr. Beer products since I first started to buy them, I have had some great success people love the beers! This one is definitely up there in the top of my brews I have made with Mr. beer! I love the partial mash recipes, extract brewing is great but partial mash takes it to another level without having to spend hundreds of dollars upgrading to all grain brewing! Keep it up
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by kaijubrew from A very tasty brew This brews up clear and is not too far off a Corona! But better. I have received many compliments on this batch!
    Date published: 2017-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Franko from Smooth with great after taste Great Cervesa that does not need lime to make it perfect. I did use all of the corn flakes provided.
    Date published: 2016-04-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Bachs Brews from Good Mexican Beer I was skeptical at first when I tried this after the required fermentation. I usually follow the same process, 3 weeks primary, cold crash for 3 days, condition in bottles for the recommended time. I guess I had a different expectation for taste, but realized this was a Mexican lager and not the normal IPA, AMBER, or STOUT. So, it was different, but I added a lime to each one that I drank and made it that much better! Definitely similar to your Corona's and other Mexican beers. Good hot summer day drink.
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jared S79 from Love that Lager 3 weeks in the LBK one week carbonating. Tried one after lagering 3 weeks and was great. Nice head and lacing, incredible hop aroma and a crisp well balanced flavor.
    Date published: 2016-05-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by Pig Pen from Not impressed Just opened the first bottle of this beer and I'm not impressed. Extremely watery and no flavor what so ever when it comes to beer. It was worse with lime added. Fermented for 3 weeks, carbonated for 2 weeks and followed directions to a T! This is the first product from this company that I've had to dump down the drain so I'm not to upset other than I'll never get the time and money invested back. Hope you have better luck with it.
    Date published: 2018-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Reece from Excellent Lighter Beer I don’t normally brew a lot of lighter beers but this one was excellent out on the boat on a hot day. Very refreshing and a great taste, highly recommended. Only change I made was added two booster packs to up the ABV. Conditioned in the bottles for about 2 months before drinking
    Date published: 2021-08-07
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    Instructions say to ferment in upper 50's temperature. Will it ferment okay if I ferment in lower 70's?

    Asked by: Warm house
    This recipe is brewed with a true lager yeast. For this reason, the temps should be kept on the lower side to prevent excessive ester production, however, you can brew warmer, you just may get a lot of extra flavors from your yeast. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-11-06

    Do you leave the hop sack in wort during fermentation?

    Asked by: RonB
    Yes, you can leave hops in, unless the instructions dictate otherwise. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-08-30

    Your instructions for El Gordito Mexican Lager are less than instructive. It says to add the grains to the muslin sack. OK. I have three packets of grain--Saaz pellet hops, Vienna malt, and flaked corn. I have two sacks. Do I put two grains together?

    Asked by: duggersd
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