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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 for Speckled Heifer Partial Mash Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1042 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
4.7 / 5.0101 ReviewsCloser to its namesake than I expected!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!August 14, 2012Great beerJust dont take any to work and let your boss sample it. Told me not to come back from vacation without it. I dont have enough vacation time for a batch to finish. But I will have plenty of time to make more beer while I am unemployed.August 18, 2016Good summer beer with some characterI 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.October 20, 2014Very very tastyI 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.June 12, 2012Easy, simple, very good.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.July 3, 2012I turned mine into a Raspberry Cream AleThis 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!November 2, 2011Perfect summer brewWe 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...June 28, 2012Good light beerWe just cracked open the first bottle last night and were pleasantly surprised. Its a very light beer as expected. Nice flavor profile. I would rate it as a good lawnmower beer. Will see how much better it gets with age.June 23, 2016AS ALWAYSAs always N-B ships fast and the prices are super.April 3, 2016Moooore beer pleaseFirst time trying partial mash - really enjoyable straightforward procedure, thanks to NB recipe notes. Definitely going to do more partial mashes.
First tastes of the bottled product are good! Malty backbone, very light hop flavor, nice straw color, and a creamy head which laces down the glass. I really like this beer and will 100% buy it again.May 10, 2017Purchased
2 months ago
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 8 answersWhat is the target starting gravity for the speckled heifer partial mash kit?What is the approximate final gravity?BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. The final gravity of this beer is dependent on the type of yeast you used and the yeast's rate of attenuation. We purposely do not put final gravity on our kits, because sometimes people can get so obsessed with a number that they aren't enjoying the beer their making. Cheers!I am planning to brew this sometime this weekend, but I will probably be out of town after two weeks when it should be bottled. Would it be better to let it ferment longer and do it when I return or do it before I leave? I'm still pretty new to the world of brewing, so I'm not sure how precise timing needs to be for everything.BEST ANSWER: The timing is actually quite flexible and extra week or so in the primary will pose no problems. I would recommend leaving the beer in the fermentor until you return.Has anybody compared this side by side with Spotted Cow? Is it pretty similar?BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the question. I don't think anyone here has had them side by side but we'll post the question to see if anyone else out there has.