Speckled Heifer Partial Mash Kit

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A tranquil time-out in a pint glass, a pastoral idyll, a sociable session ale dairyland-style: hey, sometimes a beer is just a beer. Have one.

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Those among us who are or were farm-boys and -girls will correctly identify them as Holsteins; to the rest of the citified, sissified world they're “spotted cows.” This multigrained Midwestern take on the American cream ale is an uncomplicated, unfussy, lovable guzzler. Pouring straw gold with a snowy pillow of froth, the nose is gentle and sweet, full of its consituent blend of malted and flaked barley and corn, and the flavor is more of the same. Hops give a little whisper of flowers and spice from the background. A tranquil time-out in a pint glass, a pastoral idyll, a sociable session ale dairyland-style: hey, sometimes a beer is just a beer. Have one.

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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style American Pale Ale/Cream Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1042
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Good summer beer with some character Review by JC
I had never had Spotted Cow before, but tried this partial mash kit based on the reviews and price. 2 weeks in primary, 2 in secondary, and several weeks in keg. 5.5% ABV using US-05 yeast. Has color of corn oil and a slight citrus flavor. Smooth and enjoyable to drink with a thick, foamy head. Going very fast. (Posted on 10/20/14)
Try with Belgian yeast: awesome combination Review by Benoit
I brewed this one half a dozen time with predictable results then decided to substitute the yeast with a Belgian yeast from the Ardennes region (typically used for belgian triples). What a superb combination: the aroma on first nose became so deep with floral tones that is has now become one of my favorites. (Posted on 10/18/14)
Very close to the real thing Review by Joe
Being a lower alcohol beer, without much to it, this was a simple kit to brew. I followed the instructions exactly, hit an OG of 1.042, and pitched a 1L starter of WLP001. Fermented at 68F for 3 weeks which was probably more time than was needed. Mine had reached a FG of 1.010 and cleared by 2 weeks and when I brew this again, I'll probably bottle at this point.

At bottling, I wasn't happy with the taste and thought it wasn't going to be close to Spotted Cow, but after a couple weeks, it tasted great! The carbonation really helped this beer shine. I used 4.2 ounces of corn sugar to prime and got what I believe to be perfect carbonation for the style. I plan on trying the all-grain version of this soon, and see it being one that I do often.

(Posted on 7/24/14)
Great beer for the summer Review by William
Used US-05, in primary for 4 weeks at 70F and bottled. Still a bit yeasty after 2 weeks but by 4 weeks great taste. Hazy pale yellow with good head and plenty of carbonation. Sweet malt taste with a bit of corn (in a nice way) balanced with just enough bitterness. Finished at 1.004.

Overall a light, easy drinking brew but with plenty of flavor.

(Posted on 7/11/14)
WOW! Tons of flavor for such a light beer! Review by Brett
This was my first and only partial mash before going to all grain. Very easy brew! Made comments on my brew day notes just how fun and simple the process was. I'm Having one as I type this. I have never had Spotted Cow before since I'm in California, but who cares.. I love this beer! I Have been brewing lots of pale ale's and IPA's as of late, but this is one that I will brew again!! Smooth, easy to drink and tasted great days after kegging. I hit the numbers right on at 1.042 O.G. and F.G. was 1.006 using some washed safeale 05 from my last brew, giving me 4.7 ABV. Thanks NB for making great kits and having amazing customer service, you put a lot of time into your company and it shows! (Posted on 6/28/14)
Simply a GREAT beer Review by Tristan
This was my first attempt at a partial mash, and it turned out great. The instructions were very easy to follow. I haven't had a chance to try Spotted Cow, so I cannot compare it to the real thing, but if it is anything like Speckled Heifer then I am a fan. Its a refreshing beer and easy to drink. (Posted on 6/25/14)
Great Brew Review by Jason
First partial mash I've done, and it turned out great. We did a side by side taste test, and people had a real hard time telling which one was mine, and which one was Spotted Cow. Had a bunch of people over, and the keg was finished in one night. Everyone loved it. (Posted on 3/31/14)
Easy step away from extract brewing Review by Troy
After doing numerous extracts and helping friends with full mashes and not having the equipment myself, this is a great kit to get into using a mash as part of the end result. Using somewhat of a brew in a bag (BIAB) and a cheap paint strainer bag from Home Depot, you can make a pretty good beer. Great attenuation with the liquid yeast, nice mouth feel after just a week in the keg, decent head. May have to brew this one again once warmer weather comes around. (Posted on 1/29/14)
Nice Lager Review by Stephen
Product Review (submitted on November 25, 2013):
My fermenting room was to warm 2 months ago so I decided to lager Speckled Heifer. I bottled today and it is already awesome. It's going to be hard to wait for it to condition....ordering my next kit now.

Update: This as a lager is sooo much better now, a month later, crisp & clear, nice head, it drinks smooth and easy. It's gonna be hard to make it last until the net batch is ready. (Posted on 12/24/13)
adjusted Review by Vince
I just brewed this yesterday,it is just like the other partial mash kits from northern brewer. Very easy to follow recipe and add a few extra tweeks. I rated a 4 because I have not tried yet as I just brewed yesterday. Northern always seem to use fresh stuff in their kits as I have not had any issues. (Posted on 11/27/13)
Nice as a lager Review by Steve
My fermenting room was to warm 2 months ago so I decided to lager Speckled Heifer. I bottled today and it is already awesome. It's going to be hard to wait for it to condition....ordering my next kit now. (Posted on 11/25/13)
Easy to Make - A Great Base for Customization Review by BrewDrinkRun.com
As a first-time partial mash brewer, I found the instructions easy to follow and the kit was a nice (if limited) introduction to the world of all-grain brewing.

I added roasted jalapeños with five minutes left in the boil as a modification. After a post-fermentation sampling, I decided to add a few more to the secondary. They added a nice heat to the clean base beer. Would make again. (Posted on 11/11/13)
Found my House Beer Review by Theo's Brewhaus
I have brewed this PM Kit twice now, and don't see an end in sight. Very smooth, clean finish, and you will never find a BMC beer with this much flavor. Kegged my second batch a couple days ago, and it needs a couple more to clear, but the taste is just simply awesome(I'm having a pint or three now). Friends and family cannot get enough of this stuff. My son-in-law says this is the best beer he has ever had. This is surely one of the best lighter beers I have ever made, and it will be on tap in my house at all times. Thanks NB for a great PM kit, I would be delighted to see your inventory of PM kits expand greatly as I think this is probably as close to all-grain brewing that I will get. Simply don't have the time. All of you extract brewers out there....buy this kit and brew it...You will be amazed... (Posted on 10/10/13)
Good session beer Review by Kevin
Nothing special about this brew, just your standard pale ale. Good beer to give to friends who aren't used to craft beer or homebrew to introduce them to the concept that there is more to the world of beer than Budweiser. (Posted on 9/29/13)
Makes you want to have another Review by Marty
My first batch of this has been really easy and pretty forgiving in the recipe. I'm sure my mash temp was off (the thermometer was broken!) but the final product came out great. It has been bottle conditioning now for 2 months and is as clear as any filtered beer. Beautiful and tasty. I just bottled a second batch last weekend for a friend's wedding. Highly recommended. (Posted on 9/19/13)
Control your heat!! Review by Paul
I've brewed this three times now. The first two were great (and I've already reviewed once below), the third I let get too warm while fermenting (in the low 80's). I live in Arizona, it was the middle of summer, and got lazy thinking the AC would be enough ;) Do not repeat my mistake as fermentation went crazy and I ended up with a ton of green apple taste. I only hope age can save the batch and my dumb&*@ this time around. (Posted on 9/8/13)
AMAZING Review by Drew
This is a really good summer beer. Its an easy drinker and the flaked maze really gives it a one of a kind taste. I have made this recipe twice because it is always a huge hit. The Partial Mash is also nice for those brewers looking to take that next step from extract brewing. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a easy and consistent summer brew. (Posted on 9/4/13)
2 word review Review by untrained marmot
guzzle worthy (Posted on 8/30/13)
Great Beer Easy drinker Review by Jerry
We love this beer. Very close to spotted cow and we don't have to drive 2 hrs. to get a taste. (Posted on 8/15/13)
Great for regular beer drinkers Review by Deryk
I'm fairly new to homebrewing, but I love almost every ale imaginable. I prefer Pale Ales and IPAs. However my friends are more the BMC type so I ordered this kit. It is easy to make and turned out great. They love it and I don't mind drinking it either. I put fermented 2 weeks in 6.5 gallon then racked into 5 gallon for a week before cold crashing and racking into a keg and force carbing (48hrs @ 30psi). It turned out super clear and light just like they prefer it. Mine batch yielded over 5% abv and I just used what was in the kit without modifications. (Posted on 7/26/13)
Great kit Review by Rick
Just follow the instructions and you will be delighted with the outcome. This was my second batch of the speckled heifer and this time I added an extra pound of rahr 2 row just for grins and the verdict from friends and family was AWESOME. It turned out a shade or two more amber in color with a little more body. Definitely a refreshing summer thirst quencher. Cheers! (Posted on 7/15/13)
Wonderful beer Review by Joe
I made this beer for the 4th and my family (sister, mom and brother) couldn't stop drinking it. The only issue I had was that 5 gal wasn't enough. I will be making this one again very soon. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Out of the Park on this one1 Review by Gerry
As close to perfection as you can get for a nice easy drinking cream ale that will appeal to nearly anyone. Shared a glass with my neighbor and was in violent agreement with my evaluation of this brew and even requested that we brew this one again, soon!! Great recipe, great taste, great brew, keep up the good work NB!!! (Posted on 7/12/13)
Great summer beer Review by GD
Brewed this in May for a 4th of July picnic. Most of my friends are light beer drinkers but they all seemed to enjoy this one. It's an easy brew, with quick turn around time and tastes pretty good. Would definitely brew again. (Posted on 7/9/13)
By far the best beer I've brewed Review by doug
If you want to start doing partial mash, then look no further! Trust me, this is the beer you want. Follow the directions and you can't go wrong. One week in primary then 2 weeks in secondary, pop the top on one 2 weeks later. A few friends have already invited me to their cookouts as long as I bring a few bottles of this with me...think I might just stay at home and grill myself! (Posted on 7/2/13)
Excellent Review by Paul
Almost an exact replica and SC is one of the best summer brews that exists! (Posted on 6/15/13)
Wow....this is really good Review by Greg
Been homebrewing for a long time, but this was my first partial mash. This beer turned out awesome. The partial mash adds a depth in flavor I've not tasted in my other beers. Crisp, flavorful, some nice sweetness and balanced hop bitterness in the background, and the US-05 yeast fermented out clean and clear.

This beer is really, really good. I'm gonna have to put this in my regular rotation now!

Golden, CO (Posted on 5/5/13)
Pretty Good Beer Review by Mudflap
Simple brew to make. Added a little honey at the end of the boil and a pound of white wheat malt to the mash.

Bought a 6 pack of the 'real thing' to compare against. Taste was similar but not exact. 6 votes for this brew and none for the 'real thing' when asked what they preferred.

Made for a nice spring beer. Now if spring will just happen... (Posted on 5/1/13)
Fantastic Beer for Summer... or anytime really Review by Woodlyn Station
I got this kit partly as a chance to jump into Partial Mash but also to see if it would interest my BMC friends. I honestly didn't think I would like it. 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in the keg and 2 weekends before it disappeared. Huge hit with EVERYBODY including my wife who hates beer and myself (I tend towards stronger beers in general)! Light, refreshing, balanced, smooth...total lawnmower beer but not out of place at any party! Quick turnaround, great price and popular with everyone who tried it so it will be on rotation here. (Posted on 4/16/13)
Spot on to Spotted Cow Review by Kevanyon
I have a friend who loves Spotted Cow and whenever someone goes to WI he has them bring back a case or two for him. So we brewed this kit thinking if it was close it would be a great beer. Come to find out this is a true clone. We did a blind taste test and the people involved really thought we had poured the same beer in each glass (minus the homebrew was a little darker, but taste was identical). Good brew and I look forward to brewing this one in all-grain this spring. (Posted on 1/30/13)
Always a great brew Review by JayBirdonLead
This was my first partial mash and I hit the OG spot on. It was recommended to me by my brother and is always a great beer. Light in color, but full in flavor.
This cow is a crowd-pleaser every time. (Posted on 10/18/12)
Great Clone and Easy Drinking Review by PB
This is as close as you can get to the real thing. Having been to New Glarus recently (and bringing home some Spotted Cow) I did a head to head taste test and I along with my friends could not tell the difference.

Tasted great after two weeks, and even more balanced in the 3-4 week window. Will purchase again soon. (Posted on 10/2/12)
Too easy to drink! Review by Joseph
Perfect for summer. Be careful or you'll finish it too fast. Nice alternative to IPA's. Used the US-05. When I mixed the yeast with it I didn't like it too much. I usually enjoy the mixture but don't bother, at least with the 05. I definitely want to make this earlier in the summer though. It starts to really taste smooth, complete and balanced after the third week in the bottle. (Posted on 9/26/12)
Great beer to tweak Review by Thomas
This is a great beer to play with. I added about 8 oz of honey and 2 vanilla beans to increase the alcohol and add some more complex flavors. It turned out great. I quickly ordered another kit, and just added 2 more today. Beautiful, clear, golden ale when allowed to clarify for about 5 weeks. Had no problem bottle conditioning for a tailgate and will keg the next few that I make. (Posted on 9/20/12)
Perfect Clone Review by DP2000
I just got back from a weekend in Wisconsin, where I had a chance to try the inspiration for this clone. The clone I've got at home is just as good as the original- light, crisp, and delicious. Yup. (Posted on 9/10/12)
Closer to its namesake than I expected! Review by WI->CA
I was drawn to this kit as a Wisconsin native living in California missing the Spotted Cow. Brewed per instructions, OG came out a bit high at 1.049 (1.042 in recipe). FG = 1.010 (5%ABV) after 2 weeks in primary using American Ale Yeast I (Wyeast 1056) and fermentation temps in the mid-70s. First taste 2 weeks after bottling was surprisingly good after experiencing my previous brews requiring closer to a month in bottles before really shining. A bit too much carbonation initially, but that tamed down with time. A great summer refresher! This beer got me the best compliment a home brewer can get: "You didn't actually make this beer yourself, did you? You must have bought this!"

Fast-forward 3 months and I got an opportunity to try Spotted Cow and my Speckled Heifer side-by-side! In a blind taste test, nobody could pick out which was which. Color was nearly identical. SC poured a thicker head initially, but came down to a thin layer, which matched the SH. Aroma and taste very similar, SC slightly creamier mouth-feel, and SH a bit more carbonated, but overall a great rendition! (Posted on 8/14/12)
Good Beer Fast Review by Aric
This was my first PM kit and even though I had some issues keeping a consistent mash rest temp, the beer turned out great. After 8 days in primary and a week bottle conditioning, it was ready for consumption! The flaked barley and corn give a great mouthfeel and add complexity and depth to a simple, approachable beer. Definitely earns a spot in my summer brewing rotation. (Posted on 7/27/12)
let it age Review by dbo
after a 2-3 weeks bottle conditioning it tasted flat and boring... but after almost 2 months in the bottle it tastes like liquid gold! perfect amount of head and a nice smooth but complex finish that lingers on your tongue. may have been operator error, but give this one time. wish i wouldn't have written this one off and gave it away too soon. will def be making this one again. (Posted on 7/22/12)
Easy, simple, very good. Review by Alan
This is a great summer beer. Popped the top on a bottle exactly 4 weeks post brew and it was quite nice. This is not a beer with much complexity, I could put a label on it that just says 'beer', and that would be fine. What it does it does quite well, mine turned out smooth as glass and not too heavy. Well worth the investment of time & $$. One of the easiest to make. I used the partial mash kit, kept the temp in the neighborhood of the target (145-152F) for a while (35-50 minutes). I used the wyeast 1056. I was going to dry-hop, but work kept getting in the way. I could brew it again and add a little more hop aroma to it, but it's really fine as is. I even went so far as to bottle it in plastic to take to the no-glass-allowed neighborhood pool. I'm very pleased with it. (Posted on 7/3/12)
Perfect summer brew Review by Jim
We used a liquid yeast and bottled spring water to make this beer. It was really cloudy looking on day of bottling but poured clear and well carbonated just 4-6 days after bottling. An added bonus, it tasted great in less than a week after bottling. Great head, excellent carbonation, light yet tasty. You can't go wrong...
(Posted on 6/28/12)
Excellent Review by pauliS
I kegged this beer and I absolutely love it. Light body with great head retention. Easy to have one more pint. I'm buying another to fill the keg up again! (Posted on 6/26/12)
Real smooooth cream ale Review by Josh
A fun partial mash to brew and it's extremely easy to drink. Very light profile with a creamy and smooth delivery. Everyone who's tasted this beer has asked for more. Would definitely brew another batch. (Posted on 6/18/12)
Very very tasty Review by James
I used the Safale 05 option in this brew. Fermented at mid 60's for a few weeks, placed it in secondary for about 3 weeks. It was a bit slow to bottle carb, a little over 2 weeks to get a small head on it.

It started pretty good and has developed quite well over 4 weeks. It's going fast, and has a very slight citrusy taste, great body and overall flavor. I heard that New Glarus uses Kolsh yeast for their Spotted Cow, but the Safale 05 worked just fine for this tasty brew. (Posted on 6/12/12)
Good for what it is!! Review by BrandonR
I myself am not a big fan of this beer. It doesn't fit my task at all. I find it to be very weak. When they say guzzler they are really not joking. You can put this down like water. However, my girl who is a big fan of light beers absolutely loves it. So if you are looking for something lighter go for it. If you like bold flavors don't waste your time. (Posted on 6/6/12)
Likely to be brewed again Review by Rick
I just tried my first pull from the tap of this ale. It's my best beer to date.
The flavor is mellow, balanced, with just enough of a crisp finish to keep it interesting. The beer is designed for hot summer days and nights.
I used bottled water instead of filtered water to avoid any chance of an off flavor due to chlorine. I'm glad I did because the flavor is light. Great beer to serve to folks that prefer light lagers over most ales.
The partial mash is a lot of fun and this one is easier than usual. I think it was that it had less grain than other PM kits I've made.
(Posted on 6/5/12)
Great! Review by Jason
I brewed this right after the Cream Ale extract kit. Both are great beers but this might be the better cream ale. (Posted on 5/30/12)
Great beer Review by Anna
It was gone in two weeks, if I'd known it'd be so popular I would have made 2 kits! I will be keeping this one on hand! (Posted on 5/26/12)
Awesome brew. Wife loves it as do I & I am an IPA freak Review by Tomeboy
Refreshing , satisfying, easy to drink all day or night. My wife thinks it is absolutely AWESOME. I am an IPA freak and I must say this is a very good beer. I actually prefer it to Spotted Cow. (Posted on 5/23/12)
followup on my review below Review by MattN
Entered this in Carolina Brewmasters US Open. I received an Honorable Mention, with a strong score of 34 points. The judges comments indicated I had too much DMS present. I did some digging and that can be caused by covering your boil with a lid, not allowing the DMS to escape. I'll most definitely do this kit again and won't make that mistake again. (Posted on 5/20/12)
So. Damn. Good. Review by Aaron
This kit was both my first partial mash (also known as a mini-mash to the rest of the english speaking world) and the first batch I ever kegged. I gave it 5 days in the keg to let the cO2 infuse properly, and WOW. I'm an IPA fan but I love this beer!! Almost NO taste of hops, some malt present, but what really shine through are the taste of the grains. It's light, sweet, has more body than any light beer I've ever had (probably because it's not a light beer) but the taste is more in profile with a light beer than any full bodied ale I've ever tried. It's a TOTAL session beer, meaning that you can't have just one glass. I find myself going back for seconds and thirds, and that's where the light beer comparisons come in. It drinks as easy as a light beer but tastes infinitely better than anything with a "bud", "miller", "coors", or even "amstel" name on it. There is no bitterness. No soapy after taste. No skunky mouth feel. No lingering sour palate. Only refreshing flavor that gets better with every pint. The only downside is that I will probably end up drinking all 5 gallons myself, and my waistline will double by the end of the Summer. (Posted on 5/16/12)
Amazing beer! Review by Sue
Wasn't sure I would like this after doing the all-grain kit, but I am very surprised about how great it tastes. If you don't have the time or desire to do this kit all-grain, this is a fantastic alternative. I can't keep it on hand! Everyone loves it!! (Posted on 4/28/12)
Surprising Review by MattN
Made this for the wife who's not a fan of my many Saisons. I have to say it turned out really nice. It's light in color and body, an inoffensive sessionable refresher after an hour of yard work. I used Irish moss for the last 15 minutes and the clarity is nearly what you'd see from a professional brewery. This should help convert your Budwiezer buddies to flavor country. Will likely be our standard "Spring" beer going forward. (Posted on 4/28/12)
A great patio beer for the summer! Review by FLBrewer
I've been brewing for over 6 years and have over 60 brews under my belt- extract, partial mash & all grain. My wife bought this kit because she wanted to be more involved with the brewing and have her own keg or two. Admittedly, being a kit and a light ale with some lme I didn't expect much from it but wow, am I ever pleasantly surprised! It's uber drinkable, clean, and refreshing with just a hint of hop on the tasty grainy finish! I'll be making an all-grain version soon or maybe I'll just order another kit, it's so cheap and easy. (Posted on 4/21/12)
Mmmmm good Review by Bunkhouse Brewery
This will be on every order from now on. Easy, tasty, and a favorite (even with my wife). Luv it! (Posted on 4/17/12)
Very impressed Review by Tim
I did this Cream Ale as my very first Partial Mash as well as the fist Beer to grace my new Keezer and I could not be happier. My Wife likes real well. You want a beer that is going to help your hmebrewing hobby? This is is. I like it real well myself. (Posted on 4/1/12)
Solid! Review by Trevor
Got this to stock up my beer for my summer vacation at the lake and mine turned out pretty much right on with the original. Color is slightly darker but otherwise a great recipe to ween your industrial beer drinking buddies off of the tinkle juice. (Posted on 3/19/12)
One delicious beer! Review by The Blodge
Fabulous cream ale that has great body and mouthfeel. Very easy drinking beer (dangerously easy!). Partial mash is a great way to ease into all grain. I made an insulated jacket for my brewpot to hold in heat (worked beatifully). I brewed with Safeale US-05 yeast. Fermentation was great. Color turned out a bit darker than I had hoped from looking at the picture. Did not condition in secondary. Bottle conditioned with Coopers Carb drops. Turned out better that I could have hoped for! Since this beer can be brewed and conditioned so quickly, I will be brewing this puppy again and again. I am planning a party to honor the birth of my first child (a girl). I will be brewing this one in her honor. Cheers! (Posted on 3/9/12)
. Review by lutz
Awesome beer have it on tap year round . added 1.5 lbs of 2 row to thicken it up and its AWESOME !!! enough said .. Cheers ... (Posted on 1/10/12)
Awesome, easy drinking Review by Paul T
All the guys at work made fun of the name of this one... until they tried it. Then I couldn't keep them away from it. Fixin' to order another partial mash kit. (Posted on 1/4/12)
Great Review by Oldtymeflyr
Looking for a light colored beer with some flavor this is it. I liked the head and creamy texture.

Yes we will brew again! (Posted on 12/29/11)
Mooooved me to make Mooooore. Review by Flytyer
Second PM kit and batch number 21 in 2011. Brewed as per instructions, and to keg. Mine came in a little darker than the picture I would call it dirty blond instead of blond. Cleared up more than it's cousin, nice white head, mild aroma, very low hop bite, and very easy to drink. I have this on tap with NB's Rye Stout and this one is just flying out of the tap. (Posted on 12/2/11)
I liked it, darn it Review by Brooksy
This was my third kit, and since I have brewed about 5 more. I really liked this one, though I was unfamiliar with the style at the time. I was shocked that a beer so light in color could have such depth in flavor. Looking back I dont think I would change anything to the recipe, it should stay simple in its complexity. (Posted on 11/23/11)
I turned mine into a Raspberry Cream Ale Review by Jamison
This was my first partial mash, and it turned out great. I added 3lbs. of organic raspberries to secondary for 1 week. I may make this a regular summer brew. Very clean tasting and refreshing. Plus it looks amazing! (Posted on 11/2/11)
Very good brew and everyone loved it Review by Josh
This beer is my first partial mash and turned out great! I recommend it to anyone didn't have one person to say they didn't like it. BREW IT! (Posted on 10/5/11)
Easy Partial Mash and great beer too! Review by BirdsBasementBrewery
Brewed this up on a HOT summer day and it turned out great! Will be brewing this again, lots of compliments and its came out very smooth and drinkable. Even my friends that are "light" beer drinkers thought this was top notch. Went with an extended couple of weeks in primary and secondary before kegging. Once fully carbed in 2 weeks (12 psi) it flowed fast and furious....gone in 2 weeks. Nuff said- stop thinking, put it in your cart and brew it. =) (Posted on 9/13/11)
pretty darn good Review by phosphoreum
I made this brew earlier in the spring and just got around to trying my first bottle of it. I am pleasantly surprised. I've had my share of SC, and this is very, very close. My batch does have a slight skunky taste to it that may mellow with time, although I don't fault the kit - leaving the airlock without water while the beer is in the secondary may have had something to do with it! This was my first partial mash kit and I was impressed by how easy it was - I was expecting more work. NB - thanks for offering this kit. I'll make it again. (Posted on 9/1/11)
No Expectations, Pleasantly Surprised! Review by mthrt
I will be making this beer again! It's a hot weather guzzler people. So tasty: sweet, biscuity, not overly hopped. This is indeed a Summer sucker (an aforementioned lawnmower beer). I have never had a Spotted Cow mind you, so I have nothing to compare/contrast this delicious, delectable treat with, but I must say I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless! I highly recommend you buy this brothers and sisters. Brew this kit and enjoy this kit in a very short amount of time. Brew, drink and be merry! It's really tasty! (Posted on 7/28/11)
Yum Review by Mudja
Brewed for a Father's day BBQ where there's usually a lot of Miller & Coors light (yuck)! Everyone that tried it really seemed to like it & it ended up being hard to get out of there with a few to spare for ourselves. It was a fun departure from our usual brews and we look forward to brewing it again sometime. (Posted on 7/19/11)
Great Summer Beer Review by JackD82
Our first partial mash with adjuncts and we loved it! Clean fresh taste and it carbonated in the bottle in less than 7 days. We let it ferment for about 8 weeks total at 68-70 degrees F. Will certainly do this one again! (Posted on 7/18/11)
1-10 givera 6 Review by heeler
This beer is not bad at all. What they call a lawnmower beer cause its light and easy to go down when it 100 degrees outside. It seems to be getting better in the bottle after 3 weeks. Its easy to brew and should be tried at least once. I give it a thumbs up. (Posted on 6/26/11)
Good clean beer, but Spotted Cow it is not Review by Nicktater
I was looking to clone Spotted Cow. This is a tasty cream ale, but it is not close to the cow. It's a good place to start. Need to get more bready/yeasty character. Was also missing the citrus notes. (Posted on 6/24/11)
First Partial Mash - Loved it Review by cjp2401
This was my first attempt at a partial mash and I must admit the result was better than I anticipated. Followed the instructions to the letter, but I did go a little heavier with the hops, but that made it all the better (given two ounces of hops when it called for 1.5 - I threw in the extra hops figuring it couldn't hurt anything). Brewed this to sit around the pool with friends, however it wasn't around long enough to do that. Pool is not open and I'm out of beer! (Posted on 6/6/11)
Give this a try, you won't be disappointed! Review by Gmeade
I brewed this up as my first partial mash. Also I was hoping some of my Miller Light drinking friends would enjoy this more than a stout or IPA. This was a success all the way around, easy to brew and even easier to drink! (Posted on 4/22/11)
This one is a must brew! Review by Adam
Ok my brewing brothers and sisters (tnx Jamil), this beer turned out so good! I am going all grain ASAP! Drinking one right now, just over two weeks in the bottle, and I was sneaking them after the first week! I am assuming this beer turned out so well because of the PM. Very nice mouth feel, tight white head, good lacing, and very lager like front to back. Oh-yeah, very close to the clone from New Glarus, honestly, you will not even care how close it is; it’s so freaking good! Took some to a Super Bowl party this past weekend and everyone was blown away! I think the tears of all the Bears fans really did make a difference! JK, do not hesitate, brew it today, I am ordering another kit! All for brew, brew for all! (Posted on 2/10/11)
Decent Cream Ale Review by Hyde Park Brewing
This was a pretty simple kit and is a great introduction into partial mash brewing. If you are wanting to tip-toe your way up to all-grain, then start here.

I'm not sure if it was my water or my temperature, but this beer changed dramatically between post-boil, primary, and secondary. It tasted amazing during primary, but developed some strange off-flavors during secondary and even more after bottling conditioning. At Primary it reminded me of a PBR, but gained more aldehyde flavors as it progressed. I used Safale 5, so it shouldn't have been the yeast.

Anyways, it's a decent cream ale, not the best, but quenching and very sessionable. (Posted on 12/18/10)
Smooth, smooth, smooth Review by 2nd2nun
This was my first PM, and by far the mildest brew yet, but man is it smooth. Very easy to drink and will make for a great summer-time quencher. This could very easily be the gateway beer to get your friends and family to stop drinking commercial beers.

Not exactly like SC, its better; but I'm biased, its my homebrew. (Posted on 12/14/10)
Keeper Review by Explorer
Often times a uncomplicated brew really fits the bill. Sure it's fun wading through all those styles but eventually come full circle back to square one. The brew we were weened on only much better. Yeah this is keeper! (Posted on 10/28/10)
Wife is hooked` Review by Brendan
I have been searching and searching for a beer that my wife would drink to ween her from Miller Lite. This one hit the spot. I gave it 5 pints d/t that fact, I feel it is a decent beer, nothing like Spotted Cow in my opinion, but tasty, light and refreshing. I will keep this in one of the kegs to keep her happy, leave the other for my big ol beers. I will deffinitly pass this recipe on to other homebrewers in the same pickle with spouses as I was...... (Posted on 10/19/10)
Fantastic! Review by MetallHed
My first PM. I didn't realize how easy it was. My mash temp was a little low, but overall the process was smooth and simple.

I let the beer sit in primary for 3.5 weeks at 60 degrees(ambient) before bottling.

This beer is fan-flippin-tastic! By far the best beer I have made. It is also VERY clear. I could watch TV through the beer. I did not add any finings.

I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a Spotted Cow clone per-say (I realize the play on the name), but it does not taste exactly like SC. It fits the same style, but not a clone, IMO. Still this is a VERY great beer for all-year-round.

I will be brewing this up continually. This is a beer I have to have in stock at all times. (Posted on 10/4/10)

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