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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 / 5.0283 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, 2012Love 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 everyday beer!Turned out great, even though I don't yet have any fermentation control and it got into the low/mid 70's. Very smooth, very drinkable!! I will definitely brew this again.DeliciousnessJune 17, 2017Purchased
4 months agoExcellent!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, 2016Great 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, 2016
Browse 11 questions Browse 11 questions and 31 answersMy 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!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.Should I transfer to a secondary after fermentation ends?BEST ANSWER: In my experience there is no need at all for a secondary. We've had great results simply allowing the fermenter to rest for a full two weeks and then move to bottling for another two weeks of bottle conditioning.How would I go about adding honey to the recipe? Also what kind of honey would you recommend?BEST ANSWER: One way to do it would be to add the honey at the end of your boil, but prior to chilling the wort. If I was going to experiment with this recipe I would try 2 oz of Ames farm single source honey that you can get from Northern Brewer, and adjust future brews with more or less to achieve the flavor profile that you are looking for.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 helpsNorthern 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.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.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?