May the Schwarz Bier With You

May the Schwarz Bier With You is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11.
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A long time ago in a brewery far, far away, Ol’ Barleywine Canobe could not force himself to drink another watery brew, so he looked to the dark side for a stronger beer... and the Schwarz was born! This classic Schwarzbier is as dark as space itself and will knock your taste buds out of this galaxy!

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    What You Get

    1 Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Robust

    1 Packet of Saaz Pellet Hops

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet Saflager S-23 Dry Lager Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Sam Adams Black Lager

    Uinta Baba Black Lager

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.042

    Final Gravity: 1.008

    ABV: 4.5%

    SRM: (Color): 20

    IBU: (Bitterness): 27


    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,(not needed for this
    recipe), then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water. 

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

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this
    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 hop
    water 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 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° and 59° F (12°-15°
    C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.


    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 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 5 out of 5 by 6102FOX from Award winning! I purchased and brewed this prior to Mr. Beer re-doing its website. I reviewed it then, but my review didn't carry over. I submitted this beer in a nationwide contest (the first one I had ever entered). It came out as first place in its category! Needless to say, I was quite impressed and pleased.
    Date published: 2016-11-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by OtherEricJ from Glad I brewed it Just opened my first bottle from a November brew. It was nice and crisp but I think it will improve if I can keep away from them :P Mr. Beer, as always, takes much of the risk out of a good result and delivers once again on its promise. I just did a count of my label log and I'm about 35 batches in. The only batches that have turned out wonky were thru my own fault and mostly by being impatient (No, a bock is not going to taste anywhere near right after two weeks.) Looking forward to opening another bottle in another couple of weeks. "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew." - Charlie P
    Date published: 2017-03-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Groll from Fantastic dunkel, but not a schwarzbier This kit makes an exceptionally good beer, but it is a dunkel not a schwarzbier. The final product is five star, but I only awarded four because it didn't match the style implied by the name. I tasted it side-by-side with a commercial Munich dunkel and honestly felt the Mr. Beer product had better depth of flavor. The color is wonderful and the beer has a malty sweetness that is very easy drinking
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by DrMJG from A nice drinkable brew While not a perfect Schwartz beer, this goes down quite well and we have found it a very nice change of pace. It does not have the overtly sent tase some darker brews have nor is it excessively heavy. (Note: my mistake caused me to over carbonate the bottles. One should not bottle when tired and after having a beer or two first.)
    Date published: 2018-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Doug F from Great wheat beer More like a dunkle than the discription info. It reminds me of Warstiener. Luckily I love strong wheat beers. Great flavor. Make sure it gets the week in the fridge of it will taste sour. I did 3 weeks fermented and 3 in the bottle before sampling. The bottle that were last (5 weeks) were the best and smoothest.
    Date published: 2017-01-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Davz13 from Had to try a Star Wars brew! Dark cola color with a foamy tan head. Most bottles overflowed as soon as I opened them (I know I put the correct amount of sugar in). Malty, light coffee, chocolate.
    Date published: 2019-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by JimmyZ from Great taste! Fourth try at home brewing. I prefer a dark beer and this one tastes great! Fermented for 3 weeks, waited 7 weeks after bottling and the wait was worth it!
    Date published: 2018-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Elkscat from Schwartzbier is one of my favorite styles. I've made this one a few times before and really enjoy it. It really captures that schwartzbier character. Rich and roasty but not heavy.
    Date published: 2021-12-11
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