American Golden Ale Complete Craft Refill

American Golden Ale Complete Craft Refill is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 149.
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  • If you enjoy drinking Sierra Nevada BFD, Sam Adams Golden Ale, or Kona Big Wave Golden Ale 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 Golden Ale HME, 1 bag of Carbonation Drops, 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser, and 1 packet of brewing yeast.
  • If you enjoy drinking Sierra Nevada BFD, Sam Adams Golden Ale, or Kona Big Wave Golden Ale then this is the Refill for you!
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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 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 Mythic from My first brew! This was my first ever brew and it couldn't have turned out better! Incredibly simple way to make an excellent beer. It really stands on its own straight from the can. I would definitely recommend to any first timer wanting to brew a beer they can be proud of. My only advice would be to let it condition longer than 2 weeks. Now that I've got a good half dozen brews under my belt I've noticed the 2 week suggestion is the bare minimum. You really want to give most of your beers a good month or more.
    Date published: 2020-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by wva jeep community from the best beer by far that i have tasted from mr b this was my second batch that i had purchased and i just love it. i think its the best one so far. i will continue to purchase it for as long as they keep making it. now what got me was the taste an smell. its like a mix between a good craft beer and wine. yes i said wine. if you like wine as well than you will love this one. I serious when i say it taste like beer and wine together. anyway i love it and im placing another order. bottling one now and putting down another love it.
    Date published: 2020-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by axehead from Favorite refill This is now my favorite "brew straight from the can and don't add anything" refill! It turns out great every time, and is the favorite of some of my friends and family. I enjoy experimenting with a lot of the others, but this is the only one I brew straight from the can. I pretty much include one now in every order. BTW, it's also excellent in the "On the Mountain Pop" recipe, and right now I have one conditioning that I added cream soda to. We'll see how that turns out in about a week.
    Date published: 2020-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jordan from Golden Ale I started this batch on April 5th. I decided to add a Booster Pack to see how it would change the flavor. The Golden Ale recipe was the 1st recipe I tried during extract brewing. It was really good, so I'm expecting this one to turn out well. I struggled with balancing the carbonation levels using the carbonation drops, despite my balancing the liquid volumes among the bottles. Some turned out great, others looked "flat" but were not. Overall a good beer with good flavor.
    Date published: 2020-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Rtmccall from Super easy and tastes great! The Golden Ale was included in the Mr. Beer kit my wife got me for our anniversary. Needless to say, it was delicious and I’ve been a Mr. Beer fan ever since. I’ve purchased two LBK’s and many more recipes since then. She created a monster.
    Date published: 2020-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by J Ro from My Go-To Refill This is one of my go-to refill kits. Flavor is excellent and has a crisp finish. Even better when you add some booster and 1 or 2 LMEs. My only complaint is that I cannot achieve the same "golden" color as the packaging advertises - mine comes out more reddish - which doesn't affect the flavor as far as I can tell but I sure would like to know how to get my brew to match the color.
    Date published: 2022-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Denise from A Great First Brew! A couple of my friends homebrew and it’s something I’d been wanting to try for a while now. The smaller batches (perfectly apartment-sized) and simplicity of Mr. Beer intrigued me, so I picked up a kit during quarantine to give it a try. I sampled this beer after ten days in the fermenter and was haunted by the taste the entire rest of the day. Waiting for it to finish was almost torture. I fermented for twelve days and let it sit in the bottles for three weeks. I finally tried it for the first time yesterday, and it lived up to that first taste! It’s a lot maltier than I was expecting out of a golden, but it’s really a pleasure to drink. I gave bottles to a few friends (as Coloradans, we’re spoiled on good, local craft beer), and they all really liked it. It was so easy to brew that I can’t wait to make more batches. I started my second yesterday, and I look forward to branching out and trying some of the recipes in the future!
    Date published: 2020-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Big Al from Be patient. Received for Christmas, brewed on 12/29/22, bottled on 1/11/23.Taste at bottling showed promise, taste at 1.5 weeks was better but still a bit cidery, taste at 3 weeks - now we are talking!! Excellent taste and mouth feel, great balance of hop and malt. Would definitely buy again. I will give it another week or two and it should be perfect.
    Date published: 2023-01-31
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    What is the difference between a standard refill and complete?

    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. Booster's 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 raises your ABV, increases body and mouthfeel, improves foam retention and increases 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: 2023-12-18

    Hello this kit looks to be 5.5% ABV? however I would like to get this up to 7% ABV - any recommendations?

    Asked by: JacobNY
    You could add up to 3 LME's to this refill. Any more than that and you would need to use more yeast. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-03-24

    The instructions on this page doesn't have a list of utensils needed. The instructions reference "your spoon/whisk" (?) and "measuring cup" without specifying size of cup. Can you please be thorough? These instructions are incomplete.

    Asked by: fran
    Any spoon or whisk that is not wooden and that you can sanitize is completely fine. We do specify the size of the measuring cup. 4 cups. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-11-07

    We have a septic tank system. Will it hurt to pour cleaning solution down the drain into the septic tank? Since this solution kills microbes, I don’t want it to kill the microbes in the septic tank.

    Asked by: Icee
    The active ingredient in no-rinse is actually hydrogen peroxide which loses it's activity pretty quickly. If you are concerned, let your left over no-rinse sit for 2-4 hours before dumping, this will render it inert. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-08

    I have a different brewing system, but like Mr Beer refills.  Does each refill come with brewing instructions?

    Asked by: Portpal
    All of the instructions can be found on our website on the page of the item that you ordered. We do not send paper instructions with the refills or recipes.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2021-03-31
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