With summer, comes yardwork, and with yardwork, comes sweat. Everyone needs a cold one after a long, hot day in the yard. What some drinkers affectionately refer to as “lawnmower beer” is criticized by others as lacking in flavor and body. But sometimes, that’s exactly what you need – something light and easy that won’t make you fall off your rider.
The Steam Freak Buddy Light Kit fits the bill perfectly. Light in color with low hop bitterness, it’s a clone beer ingredient kit for making the ever-popular Bud Light American light lager. Apparently Peyton Manning is a fan. You will likely find that this version is even better than the real thing!
This is an extract ingredient kit that does not require a lot of apparatus to brew. In fact, brewing an extract beer recipe is pretty straight forward.
Save as much as 25% by buying this clone beer ingredient kit compared to the individual items! After you brew a batch of this, you may actually look forward to mowing the lawn!
Steam Freak Buddy Light
(extract with specialty grains, five-gallon batch)
Style: American Light Lager
Target OG: 1.037
Target FG: 1.008
IBUs (Bitterness): 10
3.3 lbs. Light Liquid Malt Extract
1.0 lbs. Light Dried Malt Extract
8 oz. Cara-Pils Dextrine
1 oz. Hallertau
1 Fermentis Safale US-05
Also included in this kit:
Beer Ingredient Kit Directions: Preboil and chill about 2 gallons of water. Clean and sanitize all equipment. Place crushed specialty grains in the included grain bag and steep in three gallons of clean water for 30 minutes at 150ºF. Remove grains and discard. Mix in malt extracts while stirring. Bring wort to a boil. Add hops and boil for thirty minutes. Stir wort to create a whirlpool and chill to about 70F. This can be done with an ice bath or a wort chiller. Pour wort into a sanitized fermenter, leaving sediment behind in the brew kettle. Mix in enough preboiled water to make five gallons and stir with a sanitized spoon. Pitch yeast by sprinkling directly into wort. Seal fermenter with a sanitized lid and airlock and ferment at about 60ºF for two weeks. Bottle and condition for two weeks.
*Due to the challenges of fermentation temperature control for lagers, the Steam Freak beer ingredient kit includes a popular dry ale yeast with this beer recipe kit. Do your best to ferment the beer at the low end of the yeast’s temperature range: 59-65ºF is ideal. Safale US-05 will still ferment as high at 75ºF with decent results, but lower temperatures will produce a cleaner beer with less yeast characteristics. If you are able to ferment at lager temperatures, you might consider Wyeast 2007: Pilsen Lager.
David Ackley is a beer writer, brewer, and self-described “craft beer crusader.” He holds a General Certificate in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and is founder and editor of the Local Beer Blog.