On the Mountain Pop Cream Ale

On the Mountain Pop Cream Ale is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 37.
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Well…. Sometimes we get a little crazy and that is what we did here. We heard these odd rumors about brewing beer with soda instead of water. YES, soda, sounds crazy right? We thought so too but we just had to see for ourselves. The result of this crazy concoction was absolutely magical! The beer is smooth and easy-drinking, but you get this kind of tart flavor from the soda. It’s hard to describe but it's incredibly refreshing and super crushable. If you're looking for something out of the box to brew, this is it! It will surprise you and anyone you share it with.


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    What You Get

    1 Golden Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Ale Yeast (Under the lid on the Brewing Extract) 

    1 Packet of Northern Brewer Hops

    1 Packet of US-05

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    Two 2-Liter Bottles of Mountain Dew (Yes Mountain Dew the Soda)

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.063

    Final Gravity: 1.009

    ABV: 7.14%

    SRM: (Color): 5

    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 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. Pour the Two COLD 2-Liter bottles of Mountain Dew into your sanitized fermenter then put the lid on your fermenter.

    3. Using a measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 4-quart or larger pot. Bring this mixture to a boil. Once it as reached a boil add in 1/2 packet of Northern Brewer Hops then remove the pot from heat. (For the remaining ½ of the packet of hops 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)

    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. 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).

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

    7. 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 14 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 11 of Fermentation, you will add the remaining 1/2 packet of Northern Brewer Hops. Careful remove the lid from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.

    STEP 4: 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 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 BH in NC from I'm glad I tried it What can I say about this one? It's interesting, that's for sure. It kind of reminds me of a shandy only not as sweet. It has a beer-flavored soda pop taste and mouthfeel to it. I think this is a good one to let age a little bit before enjoying. I force-carbed one gallon in a uKeg and bottled the rest. I sampled the force-carbed beer 5 days later. It tasted more like Mountain Dew than beer, to be honest. I tried one of the bottles about 3 weeks later and it was much better. Also, be judicious with this stuff - you're basically making a high grav and it has a bit more kick than your average Mr. Beer refills. I'm going to save a few bottles to share with friends just for novelty's sake. I think if you like a shandy, you would probably dig this recipe. On last note - my 4 star review is purely subjective on taste alone. As far as the quality of the recipe, the ingredients, and the customer service, Mr. Beer gets 5 stars all day every day.
    Date published: 2021-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by fortis44 from Great beer! We honestly chose to brew this one because it sounded crazy. After only letting the bottles condition for 1 week in the fridge, I can already say that the beer is incredible and am very excited to see how much better it gets over the coming weeks. This recipe has me considering other sodas to experiment with :)
    Date published: 2021-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jim A from A Unique flavorful beer. A very flavorful beer. With the first sip it was the hops that really got my attention and then the tartness of the Mountain Dew comes through and kinda resembles a shanty. Will definitely brew this one again. PS... with just one 12 oz.er I can tell the abv is a bit higher too.
    Date published: 2020-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by joegonzo999 from Great summer beer! Freaking amazing beer! This came out even better than I had expected. Excellent hint of lemon/lime, just like a summer shandy. I had to substitute Centennial Hops as the others were out, and it added to the citrus flavor and aroma. Big hit with everyone who has tried it.
    Date published: 2020-09-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by NG7M from A must try recipe, the AVB and taste is very good! I had to try this as my second batch of Mr. Beer. First batch was great... Golden Ale. This recipe was fun with the Mt. Dew of course. So I followed the instructions to the tee and it turned out good. I can tell you this... the AVB creeps up on your as expected. However, I don't taste any hint of the Mt. Dew personally, but I do taste the dry hops as part of the recipe. I would buy this again, but there are so many more to try out first. Oh, the color looks exactly like the picture here in on Mr. Beer. Spot on. I fermented at 70f for just over 2 weeks and tried the partial bottle at the end of the batch after about 8 days of carbonation. Yeah a little early on the test after 8 days, but it tasted good and no hint of sweet at all. Just a nice bite on the drop hops added at 11 days in on the fermentation. Anyway, it's worth a try... still came out as a good batch. Follow the instructions folks! And keep that fermentation temp at ~70f. That seems to be the trick so far for this Rookie! :) Have fun! mg
    Date published: 2021-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Rmul50 from Great Summer Beer! I have brewed this one several times now, and each time gets rave reviews from family and friends. I agree with other comments to only use one 2-liter of Mountain Dew instead of 2.
    Date published: 2021-06-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by JRCasual Brewer from Different but not my style I went out on a limb in this one. It’s ok but not really my style. I can smell and taste the hops. The beer taste is hard to describe. Almost a combination of sweet and tart at the same time. It’s unique. Not bad but not my favorite.
    Date published: 2020-08-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by MiddleCity from Just brewed, tasted promising Recently brewed and bottled this one. Like the hint of citrus from the Dew. However, noticed the bottles aren't pressurizing as quickly as other brews while conditioning. This normal?
    Date published: 2020-08-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous from Too sweet Although I find this brew drinkable it is very sweet from the Mt Dew, which is too sweet form my tastes. Also had to let it sit in the bottles for 3 weeks to get good carbonation.
    Date published: 2020-05-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Ludd62 from Nice beer.. About four or five months ago this recipe was recommended to me by Zack!! from mr. Beer I bought the recipe, I made it and it is very very good! good job Zack..
    Date published: 2021-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Sudpert from An interesting and different brew This brew is going to be interesting. I am about a week away from being able to try it. It was easy to brew and should have a great flavor.
    Date published: 2021-05-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Stg1porter from You can taste the Mountain Dew. I was totally surprised. Tasted like a beer. But, with a Mountain Dew taste. A bit heavy on the ABV.
    Date published: 2020-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Phil M from Smooth and awesome This came out even bettet then I thought. I let it age an extra week and it's nice and smooth.
    Date published: 2021-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by BeerNbbq from Beer from soda? A little sweet but delicious. I will make it again but probably with 1 bottle of Mountain Dew
    Date published: 2021-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jdog from Delicious Just recently bottled but super easy to make. The uncarbonated version tastes delicious
    Date published: 2020-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jaxon from on The Mountain Pop This sounded strange so I definitely wanted to give it a try. Tangy yet East to drink.
    Date published: 2020-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Daniel Derflinger from Best beer so far As this so far is my best beer I’ve made. I was doubtful. Wow very good
    Date published: 2020-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Greatest Shower beer Great shower beer what I wish sparks was when I was 23
    Date published: 2020-05-08
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