American Amber Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole (All Grain Kit)

American Amber Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole (All Grain Kit)

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(Makes 5 gallons) Mike makes great beer - just ask anyone in the shop. In fact, we all look forward to Fridays when Mike usually comes bearing gifts in the form of big Ambers and hoppy IPA's. So when his American Amber took Second Place out of 96 other Amber Ales at the 2003 Big Batch Brew Bash held by the KGB homebrew club in Houston Texas, we were not too surprised. We have been after him for awhile now for this recipe and he finally gave his consent, allowing this to be the 11th Signature Series kit. Mike started brewing about 7 years ago and has not stopped since. This beer has won 4 first Place Ribbons and 3 Second Place ones, and it definitely shows. With about 13 pounds of malt and 4 hop additions, this is a full-bodied, hop-forward beer. Not for the weak of heart! Mike uses White Labs California Ale Yeast, WLP001.

For brewers who like to adjust their water, Mike has included his mineral adjustments for you: Ca - 110 ppm; Mg - 21 ppm; Na - 21ppm; SO4 - 333 ppm; Cl - 45 ppm. The Mash and Sparge water are adjustd to a PH of 5.6. Mike also recommends a Sacchrification rest for 90 minutes at 152 followed by a 15 minute raise to 170 and a 15 minute Mash Out rest at 170. Recently, this beer won the Gold Medal at the National Homebrew Competition in Las Vegas! Mike was on hand to accept and, as usual, he had a full keg of his beer there to share. When it comes time to drink this beer, raise one for Mike.

Estimated Original Gravity:1.055-59
SRM (Color Range: 14
IBU's: 40-44 Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.4%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American Ale
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

California Recipients: See Proposition 65 Information
ABV %5.2
Beer StyleRed Ale & Amber Ale
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Russell R on May 27, 2019
I have read the reviews and it sounds great!
Matthew W on May 26, 2018
The review and 15% off
Russell R on May 27, 2019
Looks like a nice kit
Peter P on Apr 10, 2019
I have read the reviews and it sounds great!
Matthew W on May 26, 2018
I like more full beers and my name is mike
mike a m on Jan 26, 2018
Looks like a nice kit
Peter P on Apr 10, 2019
I like more full beers and my name is mike
mike a m on Jan 26, 2018

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Very good amber
Excellent brew and I will make again. I tasted more chocolate than I would have liked. Next time I'll reduce to 2oz chocolate malt and see what happens.

September 7, 2017
fantastic Mike!
The only problem is that you run out.
February 18, 2016
Good Beer
This is a pretty decent beer. I would make again but with a slight adjustment. I was hoping the IBUs would blend better than it did so I'd cut back on that. I may also cut out the dry hopping. Definitely a recipe to tinker with. Also, I'm only 3 weeks in so maybe letting it age a bit would help.
February 13, 2016
Standard beer on tap in my home.
I like my Amber beers and out of the different kits/recipes I've tried, I found this one to win out and now keep this regularly on tap.
May 5, 2015
I want more!
This beer turned turned out as good as the reviews i read before buying. The beer is very dark but the body isn't heavy. Turned out excellent and was worth all the effort to make.
May 5, 2015
Awesome recipe!
Tasty developed it, so you know it's gonna be great!
May 28, 2013
My go to Amber...
Reminds me some of Mac&Jacks, however, I don't do the dry hoping, as I don't care for it as much. But other than that really enjoy this beer and always have it on Tap.
May 6, 2013
Great recipe!
Really comes into it's own in 3 months in the bottle. My new favorite!
February 26, 2013
Best amber I've tried.
This is an Amber that just fits together and really tastes great. Great job Mike!
January 29, 2013