2.5 Gallon Barrel Beer Recipe Instructions

In general:
* All beers are brewed at room temperature. The beers will brew in 5-7 days, and should be bottled within 10 days.
* Corn sugar or malt should be used for added sugar. Cane sugar can cause winey or cidery flavors.

These recipes are for the Mr. Beer that makes 2-2 ½ gallons (1 case).

Any hop-flavored beer kit may be used with the Mr. Beer. Use one can and make it into 2 ½ or 3 gallons. This will make an all-malt brew.

Basic equipment needed:

1 hop flavored beer kit or 1 can plain malt, ½ oz hops and 1 pkg. yeast
3/8 cup priming sugar
1 pkg. C-Brite
1 case (24) 12 oz bottles and caps or 1 ½ cases (16) 16 oz EZ caps
capper (if using regular beer bottles)
5 ft syphon hose

1. Sterilize all equipment with C-Brite prior to use.
2. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil in a stainless steel or enamel pot (no aluminum). Remove from heat, and add can of malt (set yeast aside for later).
3. Stir to dissolve the malt and let cool.  -  If using the plain malt, add the hops, and gently boil the liquid for 15 minutes after adding the malt. Let cool.
4. Add 1 gallon of water to the Mr. Beer container, then the cooled liquid (wort), filling according to the directions with the Mr. Beer.
5. Re-hydrate yeast in ½ cup lukewarm water, let stand about 10 minutes, then add to the container.
6. Let ferment for 5-7 days, then bottle using the original directions with the Mr. Beer.

To make larger quantities, additional equipment will be needed. The book, The New Complete Joy of Brewing, is highly recommended reading for any home-brewer.