Noche del Lobo Mexican Amber- Archived

Noche del Lobo Mexican Amber- Archived is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
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This rich, medium-bodied Mexican-style amber ale has a beautiful reddish-gold color with a slightly spicy aroma from the addition Hallertau hops. With its slightly sweet caramel and toffee notes, and very subtle hop bitterness, it is representative of the Oktoberfest-style Vienna lagers and ales that were popular in Mexico during the mid-19th century, and are now one of Mexico's most loved styles.

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What You Get

1 Aztec Mexican Cerveza Brewing Extract (HME)

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

2 Packets of BrewMax LME Smooth

1 Packet of Hallertau Pellet Hops

1 Hop Sack

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

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Brew Specs

Flavor: Balanced

Original Gravity: 1.052

Final Gravity: 1.012

ABV: 5.3%

SRM: (Color): 10

IBU: (Bitterness): 13

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 place the unopened can and BrewMax LME's 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 this mixture to a boil, add in your hop sack, then remove from heat.

4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME's 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 packet 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by Jarb67 from Excellent First Brew I received my Mr Beer kit for my birthday and got the Azteca and Bohemian brews as part of the kit. I decided that I wanted to make something other than the base beer and this was my choice. I ordered the ingredients for this and my second brew at the same time and mistakenly only ordered one of the LME's. Not wanting to pay $8 to ship a $4 item I went and picked up a DME at the local homebrew store. This brew was everything I expected, nice malty flavor with a little zing and very drinkable. My second brew is in the bottle and about 3 weeks away going in the fridge. I am already looking for my next recipe.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by CTKev from Night of the Wolf Tonight the recommended 8 weeks of conditioning is up. This is a very nice beer: clean, crisp, malty, and tangy from the hops with only a hint of bitterness. Some of my previous experiences with the Aztec Mexican Cerveza have finished with an apple juice taste, but not this one, probably due to adequate conditioning. I fermented & carbonated the full 3 weeks each. A very drinkable beer!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mini Yoda from Smooth and sweet To my pallet, it comes out a bit sweet. Good choice of hop for this recipe. Very tasty, and I'd recommend it for a beer during a Cinco De Mayo evening.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by Mt50 from El Noche Lobo Cerveza Not my favorite. My first brew over two years ago was the Aztec Cerveza and it came out quite cidery. Since then I’ve learned about temperature & patience in conditioning, among other things, and have made some outstanding brews. While this was better, it still was nothing special, even after 2 months conditioning. I’ll pass on the Cervezain the future.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by AZNHB from So so. I was expecting more of a dark/amber south of the border beer like flavor, and it did not accomplish that at all. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. Might brew again just to compare, but it is not high on my wish list.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fernie from Great Dark Beer I let this beer ferment for three weeks in a dark cold closet. Bottled it and let it sit for two months. Clear, beautiful, dark color and great taste! Definitely would brew this again.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Weggy from Very tasty Bought this to brew for Christmas. Excellent decision that I will make again, but not only for Christmas also other occasions. Cinco de Mayo will be one of those.
Date published: 2018-01-01
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