American Amber combines pale ale malt with a medium caramel malt to produce a rich, copper colored beer designed for a moderate level of carbonation. With a judicious blend of bitterness and malt character, the amber ale kit creates a well balanced, medium bodied beer with a smooth, clean finish.
Contents of the kit include ingredients, bottle caps, priming sugar, and brewing procedures.
Fermentables: 3.3 pounds of Amber Liquid Malt Extract (LME) and 2.5 pounds of Amber Dried Malt Extract (DME).
Specialty grains: 1 pound of Caramel 80L.
Hops: 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce packets of Willamette hops (hops may vary due to availability).
Yeast: 1 sachet.
- International Bittering Units (IBU): 29 - 32
- Original Gravity (OG): 1.050 - 1.054
- Final Gravity (FG): 1.012 - 1.015
- Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 4.75 - 5.25%
- Difficulty: Easy
- Color: Medium Amber
- Category: Classic
To upgrade the yeast to a liquid culture, purchase the Wyeast 1098 British Ale yeast separately. Providing mild fruitiness, the strain ferments dry and crisp, allowing the malt and hop to dominate. (Additional yeast sold separately.)
To further add hop character to the Amber Ale, dry hop the beer for 3 days with a combination of 1 oz. Amarillo and 1 oz. Simcoe hops. Following the finish of fermentation, add the hops to the primary for 3 days before siphoning to secondary. Alternatively, siphon the fermented beer to the secondary fermentor and add the hops to the beer 3 days prior to packaging. (Additional hops sold separately.)