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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! Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1042 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
- 4.6 / 5.034 ReviewsGo to warm weather ale!Warm weathers coming! Great everyday brew, light and refreshing! Cheers!March 21, 2017Purchased
9 months agoExcellent Beer for AnyoneI generally like to make up my own recipes and roll with my creative brewing imagination, but when i don't I reach for a NB kit. This beer is wonderful. Brewed it twice nearly back to back and the keg was enjoyed by anyone who pulled a pint. Turned it from grain to keg in 10 days and used dry yeast both times. This beer is more complex than a crappy macro american adjunct lager and will still be enjoyed by those that favor those styles of beer. I will brew this one again, and again, and again, and again.....P.S. I love US-05. The second time I brewed this beer I had moved into a new place and it was the first beer I had fermented in that house. It was TOUGH to regulate temps in an old, horse-hair plaster, uninsulated house. Beer was way too warm, but still turned out good. The first one I kept at roughly 60-62 and the US-05 slowly churned away and made an amazing beer.May 6, 2016FermentingThe brew day was a warm spring day with the sun glistening off my kettle. The birds were chirping and my wort was boiling. The brew that brewed itself. And it is currently fermenting.April 29, 2016Wisco GuyMy wife loves Spotted Cow, and I love to brew, so brewed the all grain kit April 24, 2015. (1.044OG/1.022FG/2.9% ABV). Just finished my last one tonight, and I'm sad. A few notes...a side by side taste test with the original proved that they didn't taste similar (not enough of the corny taste), but also proved I need to brew this again and try to get closer through better brew technique. Even if I never get closer, I really enjoy this beer and will brew it again. Tastes like a Corona if a lime is added, and a real light, easy-drinking brew without. After 7+ months in the bottle, the brew is still a keeper.December 11, 2015Always a great glass of beer!Speckled Heifer was the first beer I ever brewed. It was fantastic then and fantastic each of the 6 times I have brewed it. It is a great session beer that craft and non-craft drinkers like equally. I have brewed both partial mash and all-grain. Each time the beer is smooth with a creamy finish. Just what a cream ale should be...brew this beer!October 9, 20155 star beerI brewed this for a baby shower that a group of friends were going to be attending and got outstanding feedback from everyone. Easy to drink and put smiles on everyone's faces. Highly recommend this one to everyone. Although it is ready to drink after a week in the bottle I would recommend two weeks or more for the flavors to mesh and mellow.October 5, 2015Great brewI recommend adding a bit of dme to this recipe- but it is a major hit with everyone who tries it.October 1, 2015Great Beer Easy Recipe to followThis is the first go around for me with this recipe I was surprised at the vicious fermentation that occurred and how quickly it went. I used the Wyeast American Ale. Kept the fermentation temps between 67-70 degrees. I kegged this and it has turned out great. I will brew this againSeptember 18, 2015GREAT SUMMER BEER WITH KICKDIDN'T HIT MY OG SLIGHTLY LOW WILL BREW AGAIN AND LET MASH 60+ . 2 WEEKS PRIMAMRY 1 WEEK SECONDARY. FINISH RIGHT AT 5% ALCOHOL JUST GOT BACK FROM WISCONSIN NOT QUITE SPOTTED COW BUT HAS A GREAT FLAVOR AND LITTLE HIT OF SPICE IN AFTER TASTE BREWING AGAIN NEXT WEEK TO TRY AND GET TO OG WILL LIKELY SKIP SECONDARY AS IT IS A LITTLE TO CLEAR.July 25, 2015Great summer beerI 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.September 11, 2014
- Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 3 answersI am thinking of trying this out but only have equipment to do BIAB. Can you convert this to a 3 gallon BIAB batch?BEST ANSWER: Google is your friend. :) There are lots of calculator/software available that will do this for you, however, scaling a recipe is not rocket science. From Beer and Wine Journal...When scaling a homebrew recipe within a reasonable range of homebrew volumes, all the ingredients scale linearly. For example, to scale a 5.0-gallon (19-L) recipe to any size, multiply the amount of each malt by the new batch size (in gallons or L), then divide each by 5.0 gallons or 19 L as appropriate. For example, if a 5-gallon recipe calls for 13 oz. of roasted barley, and you want to brew 3 gallons of it, multiply the grain weight by 3 gallons (giving you 39 oz.-gallons) and then divide by 5 gallons (giving you 7.8 oz.).
Scale the amount of hops the same way. If the recipe recommends a yeast starter volume, scale it in this manner.What's the difference between crushed and unmilled and why choose one over the other? Also, what additional equipment is needed?BEST ANSWER: With All-Grain kits the customer has the option of having the grain milled here at the warehouse, or being delivered unmilled, and they can put it through their own grain mill. If a person has a mill, and is not going to brew for a while, they might ask for it unmilled, so the grain stays fresher for a longer time. To do All-Grain brewing, a person needs a very large kettle, a mash tun, and a burner large enough to heat 7-9 gallons of water. A person can also do All-Grain with a simplified method called "Brew-In-A-Bag" or BIAB, this method just requires the large kettle and burner, and a very large mesh bag. -Mike W, Northern Brewer