Nightcap, American Dark Lager Recipe

Nightcap, American Dark Lager

Nightcap, American Dark Lager (10 Litres)

There’s nothing quite like a nightcap after a long day, or a short day, a Wednesday, even a yesterday. Particularly when it boasts a smooth roasted malt taste with hints of vanilla and citrus, and the aroma of tropical fruits like our Nightcap, American Dark Lager does. This copper brown brew is the perfect tipple to tip you over the edge, into dreamland. So, all that’s left for us to say is… Cheers, and sweet dreams.


  • 1 x 1.3kg Mr Beer Bewitched Amber Ale
  • 1 x 250g Mr Beer Unhopped Malt Extract - Pale
  • 1 x 25g Falconers Flight Hop Pellets
  • 1 x 11.5g Saflager W-34/70 Dry Yeast
  • 2 x 72g Mr Beer Carbonation Drops


  • Colour: Copper/Brown
  • Body: Medium
  • Bitterness: Medium
  • Approx. Alcohol Level: 5.6% ABV
  • Naturally Carbonated: Natural


Step 1 : Mix

Clean and sanitise all equipment that will come in contact with the brew. Bring the 250g Malt Extract to the boil in 3 litres of water. Add approx. ½ of the Falconers Flight Hop Pellets and boil for 10mins. Add the rest of the hop pellets and immediately remove from the heat to let steep for 5 mins. Set the pot in a cold/ice water bath to cool (about 15 mins). Strain the malt/hop liquid into the Fermenting Vessel (FV). Add the contents of the Bewitched Amber Ale to the FV (no need to stir). Fill the FV with cold water to the 10 litre mark. Sprinkle the Saflager W-34/70 yeast and Brew Can yeast then fit the lid

Step 2 : Brew

Place the FV in a location out of direct sunlight and try to ferment at 13C. Fermentation should take 10 to 14 days. At around day 10, 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, expect about 1006 to 1010. Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top. Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps (only one drop per bottle may be preferred). 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 5.6% ABV.

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