Amber ale


_20170501_131855This is my favorite home made beer. You could use the same recipe and vary the flavour by using lighter or darker malt extract, to suite your own taste. I can’t always get the same hops, so vary what I use, but I generally stick to Fuggles or Goldings, if I can.

Check out my blog on the basics of home brewing before you start here.




  • 500g coopers amber malt extract
  • 35g fuggles/Goldings hops
  • 375g sugar
  • 12 pints of water
  • 1 teaspoon Young’s super wine yeast extract


Put the hops into a large pan and cover with 6 _20170501_124027pints of water, boil for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile put your sugar and malt extract into a fermentation bin. Strain the hop water through a colander into the fermentation bin.

Stir well to dissolve all the sugar and malt extract. Pour in 6 pints of cold water and stir.

Check your gravity, it should be around 1040.

Add your yeast and leave to ferment for 3 weeks.

Whilst a lot of recipes state much shorter times I find the beer benefits from this _20170501_212318extended time.

Don’t forget to check your final gravity, if you haven’t already and want to know the percentage of alcohol in your brew.
Add a level teaspoon of sugar to each bottle and siphon the beer into the bottles. Cap the bottles (or use swing tops) and place somewhere warm for 2 days before moving to somewhere cool.

The beer should be ready to drink in 2 weeks, 3 is better.


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