Speckled Heifer All-Grain Kit

SKU: U0394

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.

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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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.

Additional Information

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

Great summer beer Review by Jason
I brewed this with some repitched WLP029. Allegedly New Glarus uses a kolsch yeast in Spotted Cow. I brought back some Spotted Cow from WI to compare how close the kit is to what I assume it is supposed to taste like.

In gravity it is a little lighter. My batch was had a little more sulfur than Spotted Cow, but the taste was very close and I was very happy with how it came out. It has the subtle corn sweetness that it is supposed to have. (Posted on 9/11/14)
Great Lawnmower Beer Review by Randy
Very refreshing and easy to drink. I don't see this one lasting very long into the warmer months. Everyone who has tried it has loved it! (Posted on 4/22/14)
FANTASTIC Review by John
Brought a keg of this over to a party and it was gone in 2 hours. We have never cashed a keg at a day party so everyone was blown away and throwing compliments my way!!! great stuff!!! (Posted on 4/20/14)
good cream ale Review by andrew
This is a very drinkable beer that people who don't usually drink home brew seem to like. It is very close to what it is modeled after. I have ordered this many times now. (Posted on 10/4/13)
Nice light beer Review by Mark
Very light and still has a creamy flavor. This is a favorite of my drinking buddy’s.

(Posted on 8/23/13)
Cold Ferment Review by Daniel
I used Cry Havoc and fermented at 54 degrees and another batch at 74 degrees. Both turned out fantastic. I was surprised at the crisp finish and lager esk mouthfeel on the 54 deg. The 74 deg batch is a bit sweeter and more aroma from the cascade I added at burn out. Regardless both turned out great and will repeat. My only change in recipe would be more color. Both in my opinion were a bit too pale yellow. I will be adding some grain for color and maybe some noble's in secondary for more spicy finish on my lager esk at 54 deg. (Posted on 10/1/12)
a happy guzzler Review by Peter
The copy is right- sometimes a beer is just a beer. And this beer is simple, refreshing, and really good to have around in the hot weather. (Posted on 9/27/12)
didn't care for it much Review by Steinbrau
I think maybe the flaked maize produces a spicy flavor that I con't really care for. (Posted on 6/29/12)
didn't mow but tilled plowed and planted Review by township
worked hard today in the ohio sun. the darker ales i had made didn't hit the spot after all that. pulled my first draft from this batch and...mmm... true to style and very refreshing.much better than any fizzy american lawnmower brew you can buy in the store... i may have to hide this from my friends. (Posted on 4/20/12)
didn't mow but tilled plowed and planted Review by braden
worked hard today in the ohio sun. the darker ales i had made didn't hit the spot after all that. pulled my first draft from this batch and...mmm... true to style and very refreshing.much better than any fizzy american lawnmower brew you can buy in the store... i may have to hide this from my friends. (Posted on 4/20/12)
Great lawn mower beer Review by mickaweapon
Brewed this 4 times already and each time the beer has come out very refreshing. I did up the 2nd hop addition of cluster to 1/2 oz instead of a 1/4 oz. (Posted on 4/5/12)
Easy drinker. Review by Eric
I never have tried this Wisconsin favorite, so I can't compare. What I ended up with was a very drinkable beer. I think it might of suffered a little bit from higher than expected fermenting temps... Only noticeable when it was consumed less than cold. No biggy though just didn't let it get there! Once I get my new fermenting temp controller going I'm going to try it again at 65F. (Posted on 3/20/12)
Nice one to have around Review by jculler82
Made 10 gallons, US-05 in half and WLP862 in half. US-05 fermented at 68F and the WLP862 at about 59F.

The US-05 version mad a good beer that had a slight lemon flavor and I can't decide if it was the Cluster hops or the yeast. The WLP862 was fantastic. It ended up sitting in secondary while the US-05 keg was on tap, so the extra time may have helped. Both beers ended up crystal clear. My BMC drinking friends loved it, but so did my craft drinking friends.

Brewing this one up again soon, but might try a different hop. (Posted on 9/28/11)
Meh Review by Davidchicken
It was just another cream ale. I'm not saying it was bad, it just not anything special. (Posted on 8/19/11)
Tastey, and light. Review by Jeff
Try it with 2Tbsp of blueberry extract for a nice summer brew. (Posted on 7/20/11)
decent Review by thome9
Very refreshing and tastes a lot like the real thing. OG 1.050 FG 1.012, made from harvested yeast from an IPA. A little too much corn though for me, I might just get rid of it if I make it again. It is new however, so maybe it will mellow with time. (Posted on 7/3/11)
similar to Anchor Summer Review by pswift
Similar to Anchor Summer. even though it's a low gravity beer, you should give this one some time. This one started out tasting very strange to me, then developed sort of a sweet white wine taste before finally mellowing into a good summer beer. Beautiful white lacey head. (Posted on 6/13/11)
Excellent Kit Review by EastTennesseeChris
I entered this in a BJCP-certified competition and won a gold medal for the category. Pick up this kit, follow the instructioins, and you & your buddies will be well pleased with the results. (Posted on 6/6/11)
Simple, pleasant... Review by DryHoppinMad
This is my most recent brew to mature, probably my 30-40th. all grain (??). I confess to having pushed this one along because my supply was running out and I had to start lining up some summer brews. Having said that, I let the primary go and settle for over 2 weeks, skipped the secondary and straight into a keg. I tried to let it mature in the keg before sampling, but sitting there in its final vessel it takes too much will power to keep my hands off it. It's about 5 1/2 weeks old, and already it's clear as glass and the head stays with it all the way to the bottom of the glass. Very impressed for not having received the TLC I give most beers. Simple, no real bells or whistles to speak of. Just a good solid working man's swiller of a beer. Recommended, easy to brew. (Posted on 6/1/11)
very nice beer Review by Stosh
It is my second all grain brew i compared it to the new glarus spotted cow and found it very similar nice and creamy smooth love the slight wheat taste
will definatly make again. its not 100 percent like spotted cow but is 100 percent good to me used all the ingrediants in the kit and followed all instructions only thing. i left secondary for three weeks bottle for two (Posted on 5/28/11)
Great beer Review by Richie
Mmmmm this beer is tasty. I left it in secondary for 2+ months. it was crystal clear in appearance. The beer is easy to drink and a good session beer. This is light with fruity notes from the small amount of hops. Yet has the creaminess of a cream ale.

I highly recommend this beer - perfect in spring or summer. It will be good for BMC drinkers too. (Posted on 4/17/11)
Simple, tastey and smooth Review by Muskiecf
Brewed this a month ago and instead of the recommended yeast I went with Wyeast Dennys Fav. This produced an amazingly smooth ale. Malty but balanced. This would be a great recipe to experiment with. I'll brew it again! (Posted on 3/29/11)
mmmmm this is tasty! Review by Richie
This beer is good. I have made 40+ batches over the past couple of years and this is probably in the top 10, may be 5.

The taste is slightly fruity and then you get that dairy flavor come through. As with most of my beers I left this for 6+ weeks before kegging. I find the little extra time makes all the difference in both taste and clarity.

I found that this beer tastes best ice cold in a frozen mug. (Posted on 3/25/11)
WOW!!!! Review by Jazzygrl
This is my 4th All-Grain brew I have made and it is by far the BEST beer I have made. Hands down, GREAT aroma, easy to guzzle and not hoppy at all. This will be a regular beer for my summer rotation....CHEER!!!! (Posted on 3/21/11)
Simple and Delicious Review by Cave man
I recommend this recipe is brewed with Safale S-04 which plays perfectly on the cereal malts this recipe is composed of. S-04 will leave a little more body behind and give a nice bready malt backbone. It also will leave you with a clearer beer faster. Great recipe here...another simple yet masterfull NB creation. (Posted on 2/2/11)
Extraordinary! Review by Bobbytuck
Wow -- what a nice treat this was!

I was not expecting the clean flavor of this cream ale. I'd vote Speckled Heifer head and shoulders above the other cream ale here. This is one lighter but with a nice, almost biscuity, spcicy taste. Mashed at 152F for 90 mins, then 170F for 10 mins. I used Safbrew S-33 dry yeast @ 62F for three weeks -- and it went from 1.044 to 1.1010. This is an awesome, awesome low ABV session beer! :) (Posted on 9/26/10)
Nice Lite Beer Review by Pres-Beer-Tyrian
I made this beer mostly for the yeast cake for a strong IPA I was concocting. I would definitely make this again. For the price, it is quite nice. Little spice character in a smooth light.

I aslo mashed at 128 for 30 mins before raising to the suggested 152. I think that added something to the flavor. (Posted on 9/16/10)

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