Beer name

Big Red One

Beer type


Beer type

Beer description Deep amber in colour and rich in flavour, this "big brew" will give you a warming sensation all the way down. At around 8% ABV, it is the type of beer that we like to call a "Stay-at-Home" beer. This brew displays a level of complexity that will see it develop nicely over 6 months or so but try one early, as well! Flavour profile
Approx. Alcohol Level:
8% ABV
Naturally Carbonated:


  • 1 x 1.3kg Mr Beer Bewitched Amber Ale
  • 3 x 250g Mr Beer Unhopped Malt Extract - Golden
  • 1 x 12g Cascade Hop Pellets
  • 1 x 12g Willamette Hop Pellets
  • 1 x 11.5g Fermentis US-05 Dry Yeast
  • 1 x 72g Mr Beer Carbonation Drops

Step 1 : Mix

  • Clean and sanitise all equipment that will come in contact with the brew.
  • In a 2 litre pan, mix a 250g pouch of Golden Malt Extract with 500ml of water and bring to the boil.
  • Add the Cascade Hop Pellets and boil for 10mins.
  • Then add the Willamette Hop Pellets and boil for another 5mins.
  • Remove from heat and cool the pan in a sink of iced water.
  • Strain the cooled malt/hop mix into the Fermenting Vessel (FV).
  • Add the Bewitched Amber Ale and remaining two pouches of Golden Malt Extract to the FV.
  • Fill the FV with cold water to the 8.5 litre mark.
  • Sprinkle the US-05 and brew can yeast then fit the lid (if you have it, use the Krausen Kollar as this brew can produce plenty of foam). 

Step 2: Brew

  • Place the FV in a location out of direct sunlight and try to ferment between 20C-24C.
  • Fermentation should take 7 to 14 days.
  • At around day 7 check the specific gravity (SG).
  • Check the SG again the following day and so on.

Step 3:Bottle

  • The brew is ready once the SG has stabilised over a couple of days.
  • Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.
  • Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps.
  • Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.


Step 4: Enjoy

  • After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the bottles.
  • Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age.
  • When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.
  • The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.
  • Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 8.0% ABV.