Empire Builder Imperial Cream Ale All Grain Beer Recipe Kit
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
|Total Time to Make||8 weeks|
|Beer Style||American Pale Ale/Cream Ale,IPA|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
Easily one of the best kits Northern Brewer sells. I would have an extra bag of dry malt extract on hand because I’ve mashed the grains in this kit three times and have never hit my target gravity.
I ordered the Empire Builder because I’d never tried an Imperial Cream Ale and I knew I would be bored on December 26. Just imagine. You’re sitting around in your new pair of flannel pajama pants, sluggishly scratching your self where the tiny plastic fastener that used to hold the tag is stubbornly retained. The gifts are open, the food is eaten. Now you are stuck in the house for at least the next two days. This is the time to brew. The order arrived for me with enough warning that I could plan ahead and cancel all visits on the day after Christmas. I had a solemn duty ahead: brewing. No one could deny this priority. The gathering of family and friends was secondary to this one primal necessity. Northern Brewer supplied the greatest post-Christmas activity known to man. Thank you
This was my first all-grain batch and I had my rookie struggles (none of which NB can be blamed for), and this beer still turned out pretty good. I have brewed (and enjoyed) the standard cream ale extract kit many times, and this kit is a step up. A little more character and definitely more ABV. There's nothing crazy about this beer, but it is a smooth drinker for sure. I will likely give it another try now that I have a few more all-grain batches under my belt.