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- Creating the railroad empire across the west took considerable fortitude, commitment, and a strong back. Empire Builder Cream Ale is a nod to that incredible effort. This recipe boasts an original gravity of 1.074, certainly not for the weak of heart, and the sturdy malt backbone provides the basis on which this strength is founded.
Speaking of commitment, Americans have brewed the Cream Ale style for a century or more, growing and adapting it right along with our railways. This scaled up version of the classic boasts clean malt flavors, a firm bitterness, and features traditional adjuncts to achieve its medium body. Pouring with a deep golden hue and capped with a dense brilliantly white foam cloud, Empire Builder Cream Ale forges west into the sunset, never looking back.
- Style: Imperial Cream Ale
- Fermentation Range: 60 - 73F
- OG: 1.074
- SRM: 5
- IBUs: 31
- ABV: 7.9%
- Clean, grainy malt character
- Spicy, floral hop flavor
- Faint alcohol notes
- Medium-high body
- Moderately long, smooth finish
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Empire Builder Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1074 Total Time to Make 8 weeks
- 4.6 / 5.08 ReviewsMagically delicious!This was my 2nd-ever brew that I have done so far and could not have been more impressed. It's very boozy, yet sweet with light hop flavor. Final ABV came to around 7.8%. I just ordered another kit and will keg that batch to see how it compares to bottles. We are almost out of this batch! For the price and quality, I think this could be the best beer NB sells.April 10, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoSilent killer! With glitter.....Very nice and mild, making the high abv a silent assassin!April 3, 2018Purchased
1 month agoGreat kit. Even better beer. Highly recommended. Haven't been disappointed with any of the kids I've gotten from northern brewer.February 25, 2018Purchased
2 months agoGREAT brewStrong but very good .Can't drink many. Will buy again.January 4, 2018Purchased
4 months agoMmmmmmmmA really great cream ale. Smooth, creamy (of course) with subtle hops and a nice even malt. This is wayyyyyy better than any store bought cream ale I've ever had. Worth every penny and the wait!Added Dec 16, 2017December 16, 2017Purchased
9 months agothis has been quite the surprisethis one is incredibly tasty, malty and boozy and just a good beer... I have brewed my share of the basic Cream Ale NB offers but this one is fighting to replace it as a frequent brew... very good beer here... I switched up the malt schedule though as I did the 3# of DME for the full boil and added the 6# with 15 mins left... i believe but can not guarantee that this lead to a lighter color in appearance... I also add yeast nutrient from Wyeast ad whirfloc tab the last 10 mins.... 1056 Wyeast got this to a 1.01 easy..... thats after a starter though...October 28, 2017Purchased
9 months agoSmooth BrewI made this for the first time, sat in primary for 2 weeks and 2 in secondary, I waited a week to try the first was actually good, I wasn't expecting to be ready. After 3 more week this brew is great. I'm trying to keep it for the spring time but might not lastJanuary 26, 2017Purchased
1 year agoFirst reviewJust brewed and came out good to start. Be careful of boil over after adding the DME and sugar at the 45min mark. My original gravity came out a lot lower than what is said to be, I'm at 1.066 so disappointed in that especially with this being an imperial kit. Hopefully it will turn out good still.December 26, 2016
- Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 24 answersdo you need a yeast starter for this beer?BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. Since the original gravity of this beer is 1.074 we do suggest creating a yeast starter or you could just purchase two packets of yeast and pitch it at the same time. This will prevent the yeast from getting fatigued eating all of that sugar and turning it into alcohol. Cheers!What liter size yeast starter would you suggest for this kit? Does it need to be a two step starter? Thanks for the help!BEST ANSWER: I used a 2L erlenmayer flask with some NB fast pitch.. everything came out perfect with only a single stage startThe brewing time says 8 weeks but the instructions read 5-6 weeks?
2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary and then 1-2 weeks bottle conditioning before refrigeration, am I missing something here or is it supposed to stay bottled or in the secondary fermenter for longer?BEST ANSWER: Secondary fermentation is really just bulk aging to give the flavor time to come together mine took about 2weeks primary 3weeks secondary and about a month in bottles before I thought it was goodWhat's the ABV for this drink?BEST ANSWER: The batch I made came in at around 8 percent. Pretty strong but smooth.
1 16oz bottle will give you a good buzz.Best beer I've ever made.I highly recommend it.Is it necessary to use a secondary fermenter? Or just leave it in the primary longer?BEST ANSWER: I reracked to a secondary fermenter because I noticed a lot of sediment build-up (due to high OG), but there's no reason why you shouldn't leave it in the primary longer - just be careful when siphoning to your bottling bucket to not pick up a lot of sediment!