Cream Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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The classic American Cream Ale: Medium-light bodied and smooth, gold in color and low in bitterness — a homebrewed “lawnmower beer."

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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.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Cream Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1040
Total Time to Make4 weeks
Reviews
4.6 / 5.0
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My 1st. batch
I 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 again
October 25, 2012
Excellent!
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, 2013
GOOD 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, 2012
MmmmmMmmmm!
if the other 93 reviews haven't convinced you, there is no hope for you. JUST GET THIS BEER!!!!!!
July 4, 2012
My review on Cream Ale extract kit
This 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 again
March 4, 2016
Love 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, 2015
Turned out great
I'm very impressed by this kit. It's a great stoop night beer. We split the batch in half for seconday and dry hopped 1/2 with Ahtanum. It was great! I would make this recipe again.
January 20, 2013
Great standby ale
Ive 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, 2009
I 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!!!
Favorite so far
I 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, 2016
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What'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)?
E N on Jun 16, 2016
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.
S H on Oct 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You should not retain the hops in the wort after the boil. Pellet hops will quickly clog the funnel screen, making the pour much more difficult (I�?ve tried this method and learned a few cuss words in the process). It�?s far easier to put the pellets in a mesh hops bag for the boil so you don�?t have to strain them from the wort, just as you do for the grains. In fact, you should be able to reuse the bag provided for the grains after you steep them. Alternatively, you might try cheese cloth in a large sieve for filtering after the boil, which will provide a much larger filtering surface, so it shouldn�?t clog as fast as the funnel screen. You may still need to interrupt the pour a couple of times to dump the hops.
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?
L L on Feb 24, 2016
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.
R O on Dec 6, 2015
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? Thanks
Jeff V on Nov 29, 2015
BEST 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.
Would th easiest way to up the abv of this be adding say 1 pound of dme?
calaeb h on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not sure will know when I make it
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.
B I on Apr 2, 2016
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?
L A on Mar 26, 2016
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?

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