Hidden Lake Amber Ale

Hidden Lake Amber Ale is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 27.
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Hidden Lake is located in Glacier National Park in Montana and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in North America. This amber ale pays tribute to this beautiful hidden gem with a smooth amber base giving you some toffee and caramel notes that are tempered with glacier hops that provide an earthy balance with added notes of plum, blackberry, and cedar.


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    What You Get

    1 Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Pale

    1 Packet of Glacier Pellet Hops

    1 Packet US-05

    2 Hop Sacks

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.067

    Final Gravity: 1.017

    ABV: 6.5%

    SRM: (Color): 15

    IBU: (Bitterness): 28

    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 place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Place 1/2 packet of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material. (For the remaining ½ of packet store in a Ziplock bag in the freezer. You want as little air as possible in the bag. You will use the remaining packet during dry hopping)

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this mixture to a boil, add in your hop sack, then remove from heat.

    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    6. 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).

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

    8. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

    STEP 3: Dry-Hopping

    Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to a beer which will impart more hop flavor and aroma in your beer.

    1. At Day 14 of fermentation add the remaining 1/2 packet of Glacier Hops. Carefully remove the lid from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.

    STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 21 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 (24 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 5 out of 5 by para566 from Very smooth Beer This is a very nice smooth beer , very well balanced, with just a mellow hoppy taste. I always try one beer at minimum aging to give me an idea of where the flavor profile is, this one was great right at the 2 week time but after waiting 30 days oh is was even better !!! hop profile was better & abit more smooth with a very head. Will do this one again !!!
    Date published: 2021-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Shrike from Well Balanced and Tasty I tried my first Hidden Lake tonight right at minimum conditioning time. It's very nicely balanced. It was my first time brewing with Glacier hops; they added a nice, subtle fruitiness to the aftertaste without being bitter. Hidden Lake goes down as smoothly as a session beer. I'll brew it again.
    Date published: 2018-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by DanC from Hidden Lakes Amber Ale Full disclosure, I messed up the recipe. I had two batches of beer fermenting, and I dry-hopped the wrong one. This amber still turned out quite good. The amber extract is quickly becoming a favorite.
    Date published: 2021-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by BWS14 from Anticipation! Ordering is easy and delivery is quick. I have 2 other batches processing but can’t wait to put down this Hidden Lake Amber Ale!
    Date published: 2021-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by EasyOne from My Favorite This is my favorite Mr Beer recipe. Loved everything about it! Was going to order more but now it is out of stock.
    Date published: 2020-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Marvin from First Timer Can't wait for this to finish so I can enjoy it. The sample tasted wonderful with lots of great flavor.
    Date published: 2020-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by The Blas from Love the Hidden Lake Amber Ale! Great hoppy taste! First time I tried this recipe, and I will be ordering more!
    Date published: 2022-04-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by JRCasual brewer from Refreshing and balanced This is a terrific ale with just a hint of hop flavor to balance it out.
    Date published: 2020-10-31
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    Do you add the whole 115 gr of of the us-05 yeast to the wort for fermenting. The package states 11.5gr for 20 to 30 liters. The fermenter only holds 8.5 liters. Please advise as I have made the wort. Thanks, John

    Asked by: JohnB
    Yes, in this case, you would add the entire packet of yeast. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-03-23

    The supplies list 3 packets of dry brewing yeast and then 1 packet of US-05 yeast however, the instructions only say to use the US-05 yeast.  Is this accurate?  

    Asked by: Firsttimebrewer
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