Horse's Ass American Pale Ale

Horse's Ass American Pale Ale is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 62.
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You won’t be the “butt” of any jokes when it comes to this stallion of a brew. Frosty and smooth with a hint of hops, this ale is all rounded out with a kick of honey. This tasty beer will have you in the winner’s circle every time you brew it!

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    What You Get

    1 Classic American Light Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet of Cascade Pellet Hops 

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1 cup Honey

    For Fans Of

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.041

    Final Gravity: 1.008

    ABV: 4.3%

    SRM: (Color): 2

    IBU: (Bitterness): 11

    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 in hot tap water.

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

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and add in your 1 cup of honey and hop sack, then remove from heat.

    4. 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.

    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 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    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 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 grilldaddyaz from The best so far This beer turned out to be the best I've brewed so far, The hoppy flavor really came through I boiled the hops for about five minutes and I added a little more than the 1 cup of honey the recipe calls for, I also let it ferment 3 weeks and condition for 4 weeks, used sugar instead of carbonating drops. This had a very creamy head, no after taste and the flavor was better than any other beer I have made. Will be brewing this on again and again.
    Date published: 2015-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by FortyBelowZero from An Astounding Golden Ale! I started brewing this recipe in late December 2014 and bottled it on January 17th, after cold-crashing for three (3) days. I let it carbonate-condition for a full six (6) weeks before cracking one open... I must say it tastes FANTASTIC. The honey flavor is hard to find but boy is it smooth and has a nice head to boot. I have three (3) LBK's and will always try to have this recipe brewing in one of 'em... good job Mr. Beer!!!
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by craftbeersyndrome from Great Brew! I brewed this one June 17th and bottled it on July 8th. I tried 2 at the 4 week mark and they were green. I let them set another week and I've got to say, what a difference time makes! I boiled the hops for about 3 minutes and I can taste the hops!! It's not over powering but very balanced. I've got two more batches conditioning and I can't wait to drink them! Best one I've brewed so far.
    Date published: 2015-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by KingKong from This horse wins the race I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one or if I would like it, but I wanted to try it. Man, I'm glad I did. Not a big, complicated brew, but not a boring, plain one either. The flavor of the honey is very subdued; it's there if you search for it, but mainly, it just lightens the body and ups the abv a little. This one plays like a slightly hoppy cream ale. It tastes good without much conditioning, too. A winner.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Irish Brewer from This horse is in the winners circle I just wanted to try this one and I am glad I did, this one goes into the winners circle. Very easy to make but I tweaked the recipe a bit. I added some Coriander and zest of an orange to the brew. This is a very easy drinkable beer. I could drink this one everyday.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by jonbeer from good summer brew I didn't know what to expect from this brew And glad i tried it! I let the hops simmer in the pot of water and honey for five minutes before mixing in the hme. I let it ferment for three weeks and sugar primed my bottles at 75 percent of what mr beer chart said. I conditioned for three weeks before trying one. Very smooth and the Honey and hops ratio is just perfect! Not to much of either. I have three lbk's and plan to brew this one often.
    Date published: 2016-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bachs Brews from Fantastic! This was my 3rd batch that I ever made and it was a blast to make! It's currently conditioning in bottles and can't wait to try the finished product. I tasted it before bottling and was shocked at how good it tasted before the carbination. I think this will be a great summer time drink! I added a little more honey and some extra sugar to up the ABV and know the honey will dry it out a little more, but if it tasted as good as it did before I bottled, can't wait to open this sucker up in a week!
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Longbrew24 from A Thoroughbred Ale This was my first time brewing this ale and I will be brewing this again! For a lighter ale, it has just the right amount of hops and flavor. I know when I brew this one again, I will probably try a little more honey. My first time does have the initial hint of honey, but adding a little more would be good. Brew it with the recommended time for fermentation and the hydrometer will be right on. It’s a good balanced flavorful ale that I for sure will be brewing again!
    Date published: 2017-11-13
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    Anybody ever try steeping honey malt in this recipe? First time I used the honey malt was for the peach beer and absolutely loved the smell

    Asked by: gregm89
    I bet that would be a great addition to this beer! If you do try it, we'd love to hear what you think.
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-05-24

    How many carbonation drops are needed for each 12 oz glass bottles?

    Asked by: Bobafan
    you 1 can use one carb drop in a 12 oz bottle. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-11-16

    I'm kind of new to this, so just trying to clarify the process. It doesn't specifically say in the instructions. Do I remove the hop sack before the wort goes into the fermenter? Or does the hop sack also go into the fermenter until the end? Thanks.

    Asked by: Trev
    Hello! the hops will stay in throughout fermentation for this one! Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-01-30

    Does this brew require carbonation drops? It doesn't look like they are included. Thank you!

    Asked by: Doug Musgrave
    Carbonation drops are not required, regular sugar works fine for bottling.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2021-03-16

    Is there a commercial beer you could compare this to?

    Asked by: tbro
    Sorry, I don't have a commercial beer that I would be able to compare this with. I can tell you that it is one of our most popular recipes. Cheers!
    Answered by: MrBeer CSM
    Date published: 2016-01-13

    How log do you let the hop sack boil before removing?

    Asked by: Dannyv

    How many calories are in a glass of this beer?

    Asked by: Joanie Balonie
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