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This beer relies heavily on Medusa™ hops for its distinct flavor and aroma characteristics. Conducting a 5- to 10-minute hop stand at the end of the boil is crucial in emphasizing the full, strange, exotic range of flavors Medusa™ can provide.
Never done a hop stand before? After the boil, cut the heat and add the last ounce of Medusa™ (0 min addition). Let the hops sit for 5 to 10 minutes before chilling your wort. This extracts the flavor and aroma compounds from the pellets without producing bitterness. To experience the full wrath of Medusa™, drink this brew fresh. Be careful when sharing—at Northern Brewer HQ we kicked a 5 gallon keg of this paralyzing session ale in a single session.
Our friends at BSG have been kind enough to share just a little more Medusa™, enough for a small release of 250 kits. Enjoy this session beer while you can—it goes fast and once it's gone, it's gone for good.Medusa Cream Ale Kit Instructions
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Support Documents: Medusa Cream Ale Kit Instructions
- 4.2 / 5.015 ReviewsGood Summer AleFairly simple to brew and fairly quick "brew to belch" time. I followed the recipe and ingredients as directed and hit my SG of 1.050. Did 10 days in primary and 14 in the secondary. Popped my first top after only 2 weeks bottle condition, but I was pleasantly suprised by the carbonation, unexpected mouthfeel, and light-opaque caramel color. (I added a pinch of Irish moss to the boil which may have helped the clarity)The body is a bit light for my liking and the overall hop aroma/flavor is nothing extrodinary. This was my first time using Calypso and Medusa and both have a wonderful "tropical" yet earth aroma prior to boil. Unfortunately, much of this seems to get lost in the boiling process. It's a well balanced summer ale that is nice to have while relaxing by the pool,fishin' on the lake, etc.I will probably order this again once the supply/demand lessens and try to work the medusa into more of an IPA. Imo, a touch of dextrin, a pound of amber DME, and 1 more ounce of Medusa for dry hopping would make for an interesting brew.July 6, 2015highly recommend trying this beer!!Kegged on Wednesday and tapped yesterday, great tasting beer, even got my lite beer only cousin on law lovin it!!June 22, 2015Even better than I expectedTried the first bottle yesterday after only two weeks of conditioning, a little bitter still but the description for the hop flavors is right on. The melon tone is a really great match for this cream ale. Split the batch and added rhubarb to the secondary. Waiting still to condition but the sample I did try really brightened the beer. Nice kit!June 4, 2015Very good beerBrewed on 6/16.bottled 7/8. OG 1052. Opened first bottle today 7/20, great tasting beer. Will definitely be looking forward to the next release. Very clean and refreshing on a hot humid day.July 20, 2015An excellent all around drinking beer.Excellent beer! First flavor is a good combination of the Calypso hops then of the pilsner malt. These are followed up by the Medusa hops which are mild and smooth. Medusa hops tasted just as described by others, hopefully they will become more widely available. I also missed the advertised OG of 1.050, mine was 1.040, no big deal. Great beer for the hot Florida afternoons by the pool.June 22, 2015MelonliciousI brewed this on 5/25, transferred to secondary after 3 weeks. The sample I tried was great! I missed the OG slightly and abv came out to 4.74%. The flavor is light, crisp with subtle melon undertones. I just added 2oz of German Hull Melon hops to give it a nice nose and make the melon taste more prominent. I'm confident this is going to be a fantastic beer once it's ready to drink. I'll let it dry hop for a week and then bottle. I also used a pack of super kleer fining to improve the clarity and it's looking great.June 18, 2015One of the best I've had yet!Excellent 3 season beer for me; the bitterness and aroma of the hops were spot on! I bottled some for friends, but couldn't stop drinking this in the process; this is going to go fast! NB, please get more of this! I'll buy two kits next time!October 28, 2015Amazing beerI'm almost done drinking the first batch I made of this, and I'm starting another this weekend. The flavor and aroma profiles are as described. The melon accents may be a love-or-hate thing, but I find it compliments the bitterness very well. Everyone who tried my batch absolutely loved it. It's refreshing on a hot summer day, but it also stands up well on a cooler evening. I can't wait for the next batch!September 10, 2015October 2, 2016Fine, but nothing specialI succumbed to the hype and bought this kit. I usually brew all-grain, but this one was available only as an extract kit. It's been in the keg for about 3 weeks. It's very "hop-forward" in taste. In other words, it tastes hoppier than 30 IBUs normally tastes -- probably because it uses pilsen malt and has some of the gravity contributed by a pound of sugar, instead of malt. I'm not picking up much of anything special about the hops -- just grapefruity notes. It's no better (and probably worse) than many of my own recipes for west-coast-stye ales, using Citra or Simcoe hops. Nothing wrong with this one, but I probably won't make it again.July 1, 2015
- Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 4 answersWhat is the IBU ?BEST ANSWER: I calculate 37 to 44 depending on final batch size, when I brewed it last year iit had a pleasant but noticeable tropical nose with decent bitterness; maybe too much for the style. I enjoyed it very much but I think a BJCP judge would say far out of style. I like the speckled heifer cream ale better when wanting a cream ale. I like the medusa when I want a lighter beer but with more hop punch.
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