AK47 Pale Mild Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0360

Like our classic Mild Ale kit, expect AK47 to be lightly bittered and light-bodied but not at all boring. Instead of those chocolate-and-toffee, look for malt flavors that suggest honey, biscuits, and fresh bread, rounded out with buttery and citrus fruit notes from the yeast.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Three things to know: 1) It’s pale. 2) It’s a mild. 3) This isn’t a new concept. True, most milds are like little brown ales, but pale versions have existed and still do exist; this kit is an homage to one of the (relatively) famous ones. Like our classic Mild Ale kit, expect AK47 to be lightly bittered and light- bodied but not at all boring. Instead of those chocolate-and-toffee characteristics, look for malt flavors that suggest honey, biscuits, and fresh bread, rounded out with buttery and citrus fruit notes from the yeast. Ready to drink quickly, obligingly chuggable, and remarkably complex for barely 3% abv.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style British Pale Ale/Bitter
Color Light
Original Gravity 1036
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great beer for the price. Review by John
I bought this beer for the price. I didn't know what to expect but I was not disappointed. This beer was a bit more watery given the malt bill but again, that's perfectly acceptable for this style and price. My friends were big fans for sure.

The flavors are just as described in the description above, highlighting honey, bread, biscuity but if I had to divide the flavors in percentages, that makes up about 60% of the flavor. The other outstanding flavor is definitely citrus, subtly tart and bitter but not overwhelming at all.

Good beer. I will probably buy this again for hot summer days. (Posted on 2/25/15)
Not my favorite Review by Kelly
This one had an off flavor for me when I brewed it. A little too mild for my taste. Had issues w/ head retention until I let the bottles sit for two months. Overall not a bad beer but I would think it would be better w/ just a slight kick up in the ABV. (Posted on 7/28/14)
Great Brew Review by Rick
Was my second beer kit. Def a easy drinker even the girl friend likes it. Will brew this one again! (Posted on 1/16/14)
This is my house brew Review by Tim
I have been making this kit for over 2 years now and I NEVER let it run out. It is always the favorite when friends come over, and I get requests for 6 packs as Christmas and birthday presents. It is extremely simply to make, but don't let that fool you. It is a very well rounded beer with plenty of complexity for the beer connoisseur and yet light and refreshing enough to be what I call "a gateway beer" that is a beer that people that normally don't like beer will like. My wife loves it (though she puts a shot of OJ in it) and insists that I always have some on tap. (Posted on 11/16/13)
not one of their better home brew kits Review by Edward
Northern Brewer is the best home brew online shop out there. This is not one of their better home brew kits. The beer tastes terrible. If you want to experiment with home brewing to see how the process works, then this might be a good kit for you. Otherwise, I'd avoid this kit. I have brewed both the Irish Ale and Pumpkin Ale with excellent results. There is little or no flavor with this kit. (Posted on 10/3/13)
Good Taste Review by Scott
An easy beer to brew, drinkable, and light in taste. I'm sharing this one with my family to try to get them away from the miller products. (Posted on 9/26/13)
Good but nothing special Review by Chris
This kit was one of the first brews that I made. It is a very good beer that is easy to drink. I picked it because it was cheep and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on one of my first brews. It is not the best beers I have ever had in my life, but it is a damn good starter beer. Since it is a the price of Coors Light, this is a beer I would drink every day. (Posted on 9/10/13)
Will Brew Again Review by Tad
This is a nice lite middle ground drinker. I have friends who are about split down the middle, some who prefer more complex brews and many who just like the light stuff. Both groups enjoyed this brew. Perfect summer sipper! (Posted on 8/20/13)
Lightly Hoppy. Thoroughly Enjoyable. Review by Brett
They don't call it Pale Mild for nothin'. It's crisp and light and and teensy bit hoppy. I like my Pale ales with a bit more hoppy kick to them but this is pretty good. The wife will even drink it, and she is a hop-a-phobe. I brewed this same same recipe a couple months ago and NB mistakenly added another hop packet in the kit. Of course I used it and I enjoyed that first batch a bit more. If you want to play around with this recipe add some more hops and some sugar to boost the octane, you won't be disappointed. (Posted on 8/7/13)
Excellent quaffer! Review by David
I've been brewing/exploring beer styles and looking into the histories of what I've tried of late. The mild is a style I had not tried with an interesting history, so I thought I'd brew one up. The mild is darned very pleasing. Very light in the mouth and perfect for a 90° day! A session beer with low gravity and good definition without pronounced malti- or hoppiness — yet not uninteresting at all. (Posted on 7/23/13)
good light beer quick and easy Review by chris
Good light beer, great for summer, keep in mind that it is light and you wont be disappointed, after third week in bottle tastes are more defined and complete than week 1 or 2
(Posted on 7/14/13)
Great summer beer Review by Brad
I brewed this one before summer started, and it disappeared pretty quickly. The recipe doesn't require it, but I used secondary fermentation and it turned out great. Light, biscuity flavors, and very drinkable. It was pretty easy to knock back several at a time, and all my friends and family loved it as well. I would definitely go back to this really simple recipe again, especially considering the price! (Posted on 7/12/13)
My go to session home brew Review by Nathan
I had a friend get me into homebrewing. This was my favorite by far. I will always come to this beer and have it on tap. thanks NB! (Posted on 4/9/13)
a good solid mild Review by Melody
This brew is a great thrist quencher. It's lighter bitterness lends itself to drinking a few more than I would with something higher hopped. (Posted on 2/13/13)
As advertised, Pale and Mild! Review by Vance
A good tasty, mild brew you can chug without having to worry about the hangover. Great after work brew when you have to go back to the office the next day. If I had a complaint, I'd say I wish it was hoppier, but then it wouldn't be a pale mild, now would it! (Posted on 2/5/13)
Great Beer Review by Tony
Very smooth beer, the whole family enjoyed this one very much, it's become a family favorite When real cold it's little hoppy, or drink at room temp and poured into ice cold mug, it becomes real smooth for the lite beer drinker. (Posted on 1/6/13)
Easy to drink, grows on you Review by Kristie
This beer is as described...it's mild and malty. It's not a beer that will be super-interesting to sip slowly and contemplate its complexity, but it is enjoyable to drink and goes great with a lot of different foods. Just an easy to drink beer that has really grown on me. (Posted on 11/9/12)
Session Brew Review by Michael
I am a college football fan, and this beer seems to got fantastic with football. It replaces those cheap, mass-produced lagers I would have been drinking. Thanks Northern Brewer! (Posted on 9/8/12)
Easy drinking beer Review by Homer J
Nice smooth light beer. I added a extra pound of DME to bump up the alcohol a little. Maybe that defeats the reason it's called a mild, but I thought from past reviews that it would be too low of a percentage of alcohol. Anyway it came out very good and the wife even liked it and shes not a beer drinker That could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. (Posted on 8/4/12)
Great for the hot summer months Review by Apollo Reed
This was my 5th kit and it's one that I will brew again. Very drinkable session beer. I brewed it per the instructions. Next time I'll cut back on the corn sugar a bit. I agree with Gwyn review below.....it doesn't need it. (Posted on 7/5/12)
Tough beer to drink Review by Michael
It's been about 6 weeks since I bottled this and the beer still isn't developing much of a taste. I like the low alcohol (around 3.15%) but I find I can't drink more than 2 or 3 without getting tired of the taste. (Posted on 6/20/12)
Excellent Session Brew Review by Wade
I really liked this beer. It's the first recipe I've done a second batch of. My brother and niebhor both died in the wool MBC die hards both praised this one. A good cross over for the homebrew shy crowd. (Posted on 3/24/12)
Good, balanced beer Review by Locust Avenue Brew Works
Good session beer ... well balanced and easy drinking. Gentle on the palate, but there is enough flavor to let you know that this is not just another lawnmower beer. The low ABV allows you to enjoy more of them at one sitting!!! (Posted on 2/19/12)
Great Beer Review by J
This was my second batch of beer I made. It turned out great. Very drinkable, great for anyone who is not a fan of beers with a strong aftertaste. (Posted on 2/11/12)
Decent Pale Mild Review by Gwyn
I enjoyed brewing this kit and it made a nicely drinkable beer. However, if I rebrew in the future I will reduce the amount of corn sugar in the recipe. It doesn't need it, and it made mine a touch cidery. (Posted on 11/30/11)
Chuggable Review by Gabriel
This beer is easy to brew and easy to drink. I have had several friends try it and everyone has liked it. It is definitely a light and mild beer just as advertised. As one of the other posts says, it may be to simple for beer snobs. But for what it is, I am very pleased and will brew it again.
I kegged mine after only a couple weeks (1 week in primary and 1 in secondary) and I have found that I have to keep the regulator set to a pretty low pressure to keep it from being too foamy. But it goes down smooth and I am happy with it. (Posted on 9/15/11)
its a no go next time Review by mike
not good very light beer (Posted on 9/8/11)
I'm ordering another one tonight. Review by Leopold Bloom
I am very pleased with this Mild. I started drinking it at 20 days after brewing, and it's a very refreshing session beer. At 3.4% ABV or so, it's a nice alternative to the much stronger beers (IPAs, mostly), that I usually drink. On brewing day, I made a few slight changes - I substituted a half-pound of pale DME that I had lying around for half of the sugar. I also had some extra Hallertau pellets that were going to waste, so I tossed in a few (about .25 oz) at the beginning of the boil. I was a tiny bit low on the starting gravity (1.036),which was fine. Used the Danstar Windsor dry yeast, which was amazing. I rehydrated it per Lallemand's directions, and it really tore into the wort. Bottled on day 13, at a final gravity (before priming) of 1.011. A week in the bottles, at room temp, and it's a real pleasure to drink. (Posted on 8/22/11)
Very Easy Review by Taterboy112
I like this brew, wife wanted a lighter beer and I wanted a little more hop kick so this beer has a nice balance of both. One week in the primary, one week in the secondary and only one week in the bottle! Already good carbonation, but might need twomore weeks in the bottle for full potential. Was worried about the large corn sugar addition so late in the boil, but it turned out good. Will brew again! (Posted on 8/3/11)
Crisp bready notes, tame but present hop flavors on the end. Review by Shane DoG
Very Good!... I have personaly with the aid of two other people one night, have consumed this batch in 5 days... its an awesome beer to have on tap right now. I love malty greatness, and it really shines through in this beer!!

I recomend 2nd ferm if your kegging. (Posted on 7/18/11)
Interesting and quaffable summer brew Review by Jennifer
Mine just finished bottle conditioning yesterday; has a pretty crisp finish, and is a very refreshing beer--I usually make all grain any more, but am very pleased with this--a nice light hop balanced with light malt. It was super simple to make (no secondary required); I used the Windsor yeast (making it even more economical). (Posted on 5/9/11)
Aftertaste Review by Beerme
Gotta admit that I thought this would be better....the beer leaves an aftertaste. I expected a nicer finish to this light beer.....found out if you add a little citrus to your glass it drinks just fine, but by itself it leaves a coating on your tongue. (Posted on 4/20/11)
This is a good, easy drinking beer! Review by Kyle
I just poured the first one and I am very pleased. It has flavor and just slides down. I think this is going to be a great summer beer. This kit is easy to make and the results are wonderful! (Posted on 4/9/11)
absolute great bang for the buck Review by sir brews a little
I'm a bargain shopper and this was my 2nd batch ever brewed. (i ruined my first batch pitching the yeast to early before the wort cooled). These specialty grains made the kitchen smell like heaven. All in all a pretty easy batch to brew, the price is right and it will taste better than any mainstream beer for sure.. (Posted on 3/17/11)
Good for the masses Review by Justinakajuice
I am giving this kit a 5 star rating because everyone says they like the beer. That being said, if you are a beer snob, you will most likely find it lacking depth. It's a simple recipe, decent tasting beer that generally appeals to the masses. I really like the quick turnaround on the beer. I kegged this and after 3 weeks in the keg, it was still 'green' or a bit sour tasting--not bad, but just wasn't ready. A week later, it was where it should be. All in all, I gave this kit about 7 weeks to get the best taste from it. (Posted on 2/18/11)
I would call it malt liquor. Review by Frankie
I still haven't tasted it. It smells pretty good so I'll give it three stars. The problem I have with it is that the main ingredients include CORN SUGAR. I guess in this country, you can call that beer, but where I come from BEER IS MADE FROM BARLEY, unless it's a hefewiesen. THIS IS MALT LIQUOR. Still it probably will taste good. I wouldn't have bought it if I'd known. (Posted on 1/29/11)
Good all around beer Review by Chefnanks
I did this for my first home brew. It was a good kit to start with and it is a very good beer. Needs the two weeks in the bottle for the flavors to be correct. Will be adding this to the brewing rotation. (Posted on 1/26/11)
Great Beer! Review by Dustin
I took a stab at this one and found a new favorite. The description is right on - easy to brew, great taste, and all my friends love it. I will definitely be brewing this one again. (Posted on 1/22/11)
Very Good Beer Review by Tony
This was my first extract kit I brewed. It turned out really well. It's mild, yet full of flavor. Has a light body and very drinkable. (Posted on 12/22/10)
Great session beer that is very easy to brew! Review by Adam
This is my first NB kit and the beer turned out great. I took a bunch to a Christmas party over the weekend and everyone enjoyed it! My brother-in-law thought it was so good, I think he is going to start home brewing and he works for the king of beers!

I do agree with the posters on the carbonation, as the beer is a little soda poppy. However, like the description, lightly bittered and light bodied but not all boring. Great session beer that is very easy to brew!
(Posted on 12/21/10)
Spot on Review by Chris
As the others have said, this is exactly as NB describes. Very chuggable and based on the price of the kit and short waiting time I don't feel guilty about it. 1 week primary, 1 week secondary (not required), and 10 days in bottle.

As Carl stated, the carbonation does seem a bit extreme using the prescribed 2/3 cup corn sugar. I will also tone it down a bit for the next batch. (Posted on 11/11/10)
Great Beer Review by Carl
This beer is exactly as described and my new favorite drinking beer. I'll defininately be making this one again, and again, and again. I like it so much that I'm having a hard time sharing it with my friends... (Posted on 10/26/10)
What a great beer! Review by Carl
I couldn't wait the two weeks for bottle conditioning and starting drinking them one week after bottling. From the very first bottle this has been a great tasting, easy drinking beer that fits Nothern's description to the "T". I used 2/3 cups of corn sugar for priming and think that the beer would be even better with less carbonation. I'll try less next time, because I plan on making this kit again, and again, and again. This one will be a favorite for a long time to come. I like it so much that I don't want to share it with my friends... (Posted on 10/26/10)
Good beer Review by lu dog
Easy brew to make goo" all day all night" drinking beer will make many many more gallons.. (Posted on 10/6/10)

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