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An ale version of the light, fizzy American lager style, cream ale is a specialty of the eastern US. Our Cream Ale is medium-bodied and smooth, gold in color and low in bitterness; the specialty grain blend adds some complexity with a clean, sweet malt profile and a hint of buttered toast in the aroma and flavor. A homebrewed “lawnmower beer” is pretty hard to beat as a summertime thirst-quencher.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Cream Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1040 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
4.6 / 5.0272 ReviewsMy 1st. batchI was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of my first batch. All my friends enjoyed the quality of this ale with no complaints from anyone except,quantity of samples available. Will make againOctober 25, 2012Excellent!I was very pleased with the overall taste and body of this extract. Light and a great summer brew! Would definitely brew again!April 3, 2013GOOD STUFF!!!!I would highly recommend this brew for everyone!!! This beer appeals to anyone who is willing to taste a beer! My wife loves wine and she is pretty snobby when it comes to beer, but she said that she even likes the smell of the creamy foam head! That my friends is a good sign!!! Enjoy!!!March 30, 2012MmmmmMmmmm!if the other 93 reviews haven't convinced you, there is no hope for you. JUST GET THIS BEER!!!!!!July 4, 2012My review on Cream Ale extract kitThis is my favorite brew kit thus far! it has really smooth texture and flavor and it's an easy Ale to just sit back and sip on from a glass you just pulled from the freezer. I will definitely be buying this extract kit again and againMarch 4, 2016Love this beer!Great recipe kit! This is one of my definite favorites. If you are looking to start experimenting with recipes this is a great base. Plenty of options to add fruit and or flavorings. I prefer to add 12 ounces of honey at flame out and the result is a smooth and sweet hint at the end. I also like to add a half cup of the used grains to my bread mix to make an awesome beer grain bread!November 30, 2015Great standby aleIve been brewing for quite sometime and this is 1 of 4 of my standby brews that I always brew when I cook up a few batches. My friends who only drink the commercial brews LOVE this beer. It turns out the same every time, friends and family rant and rave about this beer. It turns out creamy like it should, and has a lager feel to it because of its clarity and crispness. In my opinion, and from experience, brew this beer and wait at MINIMUM 1 month after you bottle it and you will not be dissatisfied. I primed my recent batch with cane sugar (household white sugar) vs. the corn sugar people tell you to use and it turned out awesome, if not better than before. If you are looking for a beer that all people will enjoy, this is definitely the one to go with. I have even had people who do not drink beer because it "tastes bad" try this, and once it hits their lips they want to finish the glass.October 11, 2009I declare this my 1st daily drinker homebrew!!!I've brewed 11 homebrew batches. All my brew-master friends love this beer! This beer tastes like a creamy lager, but it is much better than all the domestics. Even my domestic-only beer drinking friends love this beer. It is my first "declared" daily drinker. I've purchased two more batches! Best beer for the money and very easy to make!!!September 13, 2009Favorite so farI am a big fan of craft beer but have never been a big fan of getting clubbed over the head with hops with all the IPAs, double IPAs, and triple IPAs that are so in vogue right now. This was perfect. Quite drinkable, but still complex enough not to be boring. My wife really loved it and she is not much of a beer drinker. A big hit at social events as well.July 9, 2016The Jerk BeerEver watch the movie "The Jerk"? When Steve Martin says he has a "Special Purpose"? I have brewed several home brews but here is a recipe for one of my knock you off your chair favorites that I label "Special Purpose": try mixing this recipe with 5 Lbs sugar (30 min), and 2 oz German Hallertau hops (30 min and 5 min). Add 5 peeled and diced potatoes to wort before pitching yeast. leave in primary 2 weeks and in the secondary for a month, then bottle. Wait an additional 1-2 months in bottle before finding your "Special Purpose". Carefull it approaches 13% alcohol, but you won't know it by taste! This recipe also works great with Kent Goldings hops....bottoms up!July 8, 2010
Browse 11 questions Browse 11 questions and 26 answersWould th easiest way to up the abv of this be adding say 1 pound of dme?BEST ANSWER: Not sure will know when I make itMy first attempt at this recipe, I did not get the golden color I expected. I read one of the replies on a similar question and it mentioned about ensuring the malt extract was properly mixed in. Is there anything else that could contribute? Also, I've read where flaked maize in popular in cream ale. At what point would you suggest I add maize to this recipe?
thank you!BEST ANSWER: I have learned through experience that the malt extract needs to be added in stages at the beginning of the boil and at about the 20 minute mark. This keeps the sugars from caramelizing and darkening the wort. If i were going to add corn to this kit I would add it to the steeping grains. I hope this helps. Happy Brewing!Original Gravity came out a lot higher than I expected. I used two different Hydrometers and came up with 1.070 and 1.072 for Grav. I had this extract kit sitting in a small dorm fridge for about a month before cooking up. I expected around 1.040 any thoughts on why I started out so high?BEST ANSWER: Typically, higher OG than anticipated is a result of greater conversion. It's a process thing. Unless you're a stickler for details just go with it and realize that you're going to get a higher gravity and enjoy it. Possible causes could be longer steep time with your grain, squeezing the bag, water temp or composition and so on. Consider that LME or DME sometimes varies in concentration as well. Hope that helpsWhat's the ideal amount of time for this to be in the primary fermenter before going to the secondary? How long should it be in the secondary fermenter (assuming I'm going to do that)?BEST ANSWER: 2 weeks in primary is normally plenty of time. If you have a hydrometer, you can monitor the end of fermentation that way. As for secondary, 2-4 weeks should be plenty of time, but there's always a bit more flexibility in secondary.Should the wort be run through the screen in my funnel when I transfer it from the pot to the primary fermenter? This will remove most of the hops.BEST ANSWER: It isn't necessary. The hops settles into the sludge rather quickly.Northern Brewer says that Fast Pitch® Yeast Starter is required for this cream ale. I'm new - how do you use this? I've been googling for 2 hours and don't really get it. Someone teach me please :-)Cream Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty GrainsBEST ANSWER: I don't use a yeast starter, and mine turns out great every time. Once you get the wort temp down to 70 degrees, just pitch the yeast and let it set.I just made a batch of the cream ale, and it doesn't have the golden color it should. The color looks more like hot cocoa. I followed the directions to a tee, but I can't figure out why it is an off color. Its not a matter of sanitation, it turned that color in the boil and never changed. Any ideas?BEST ANSWER: I've brewed many batches of the cream, both extract and all grain. My color after the boil has always been a little darker, but at the end of fermentation it's the golden color you'd expect it to be. I can only assume maybe it's because I don't use a hop sock, so at the end of the boil it always looks cloudy, darker off color, but it settles during fermentation. Not sure if that's the actual reason, but again, I assume that's what causes it with my batches. Hope that helps, I've only been brewing for just over a year now, so still learning myself.Just bottled this tonight and was wondering what the final gravity of this beer should be.BEST ANSWER: Hey Rick,
Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The final gravity will vary a bit, but it should be somewhere around 1.010. A good rule of thumb on any beer would be to take a gravity ready once a day for three days or so and if it doesn't change, the fermentation is finished. I hope that this helps, have a great day!I have a batch of this currently sitting on 4 lbs of Strawberries....I am wanting to brew up a few of these for this coming summer. My question is....will this beer still be drinkable after 8 months of aging? Has anyone kept or forgot they had this brew and tried it later down the road? If so was it still good? ThanksBEST ANSWER: Hello Jeff
That beer more than likely won't keep very well. If you do decide to keep it
I would keep it in the refrigerator.I am a new homebrewer and this Cream Ale kit is may first recipe. It has been in the primary for 8 days now, and I have not seen the airlock bubble since the 2nd day (it was pretty steady all of that day), and there is virtually no krausen forming on the top, just a few suds. The temperature on the fermometer of the Big Mouth Bubbler has been around 60-63 the whole time. Wondering if this is too cold for fermentation, or is there something else I've done wrong? Don't want my first batch to be a dud.BEST ANSWER: Hello,
You will want to get the temperature up to about 68 degrees or so to get a more complete fermentation. It is possible too that the initial portion of the fermentation has run its course. I would try to get the temperature up and let it ferment for a full 2 weeks to be on the safe side. I hope that this helps!Fermentation took nearly a week to begin. I didn't take a gravity reading right away, but did take one 6 days after brewing. It's about 1,045. I read in a previous question that final gravity should be around 1.012. So clearly fermentation hasn't happened yet. Foam just started to appear in the carboy. If I wait another week and the gravity still hasn't fallen, can I still add more yeast at that time? Two weeks after brewing?BEST ANSWER: Hello Lance,
Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! If foam has started to appear, then the fermentation has begun. You can most definitely still add more yeast at that point. What yeast did you use, and what temperature are you fermenting at?