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Cream Ale by Eric Beer (All Grain Kit)
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(Makes 5 gallons) Erik Beer was the president of the local homebrew club, Doze, for a number of years.  During that time he created and perfected recipes for a number of different brews, this easy-drinking Cream Ale being one of them.  Featuring a blend of Pale and Pilsener Malt with some Flaked Maize thrown in to lighten things up, this beer is sure to be a hit.  Hopping is light on this, but definitely enough to balance things and make this brew go down smooth. 

Estimated Original Gravity:1.051-55
SRM (Color Range): 3-4
IBU's: 16-20 Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.2%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WLP080 - White Labs Cream Ale Blend
WY1056 - Wyeast American
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

ABV %5.2
Beer StyleSpecialty
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Turned out really good the 1st time
Craig Silverman on Aug 15, 2018
wife wanted a cream ale
Chris H on Jun 8, 2018
Turned out really good the 1st time
Craig Silverman on Aug 15, 2018
Trying to match Cali creamin
Tyler B on Jul 7, 2018
wife wanted a cream ale
Chris H on Jun 8, 2018
Haven't tried this one yet, but it seems to have gotten good reviews.
Chris D on Mar 20, 2018
I've never made a cream ale before, but had one and liked it so I thought I'd give it a try
Garrett L on Mar 16, 2018
Like cream ale
Tom Kerr on Mar 9, 2018
We love cream ale and when we last brewed this we got an excellent OG.
I have a fun, tasty idea.
Camden W on Jan 26, 2018
We like trying new beers to brew.
Michael S on Jan 12, 2018
Trying to match Cali creamin
Tyler B on Jul 7, 2018
Haven't tried this one yet, but it seems to have gotten good reviews.
Chris D on Mar 20, 2018
Is the ingredient sheet accurate? I put the ingredients into BeerSmith and coming up with a 6.8% beer, 34 IBU which is out of style guidelines.
John Powell on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi John - What do you have your efficiency set at in BeerSmith? Our kits are typically written with a 72% brewhouse efficiency. Agreed over 1% ABV is a bit of a large gap.

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Great laid back beer
Brewed this for my wife, didn't last long after the neighborhood hit the kegerator. Well balanced. I like what the flaked corn does to the beer. There's already another of these kits sitting at my house waiting my next brew session and spring drinking.
January 25, 2018
8 months ago
Fantastic Brew
This turned out to be much better than I would have ever expected. My O.G. was 1.062 & F.G was 1.009 so it finished out well with US 05. Putting my ABV. at 6.8% or so. This is one smooth & tasty beer. I'm normally an IPA guy but I will be doing this again for my second tap.
November 19, 2017
Outstanding Brew
I brewed this ale at a mash temp of 150 (recirculation mash system), used Wyeast 1056, 14 days in primary (SS Brewbucket @ 67 degrees) then to my corny keg for 1 day at 65 degrees, crashed to 35 degrees for 1 day then 11 psi for 14 days.....perfect brew, this reminds me of a midwest old style brew (grain belt?) I really am not into clarity so that is not a big deal to me, I am into clean, great finish and taste. and good lace down the glass ware. Overall this is a 8.5 out of 10, I will brew it again and compare it to the first one. I like lighter brews not to hoppy, so this is a great brew that came in 5% ABV, perfect for a school night! Pairs well with seafoods. Just for note I would like a bit more body, so I may play with the mash temp, but not much.
February 24, 2017
Tasty Brew
This is a good beer to please a lot of different palates at a party. It's definitely got enough (but not too much) flavor for your friends who may be scared of homebrew beer.

I let it sit in the primary for almost 2 weeks at 65F (using Safale US-05 dry yeast), then racked it to keg condition for another week at the same temp. I carb'd it and it was ready to go at about the 3.5 week mark. I used a clarifier and a mesh hop strainer during brewing and had no problems with beer clarity.

I definitely suggest this if you're looking for a quick, light beer.
January 7, 2017
Great Crowd Pleaser
I've brewed this beer twice this summer to have something lighter on tap. This cream ale is a great light body and mild hopped beer, but still carries a nice ABV around 5%. Both times I brewed this beer I used safale US-05 dry yeast, but the fermentation temps were quite different.

The first time I was able to ferment around 68F. Fermentation was slow and steady, finishing after a week, and racked to a secondary for another week. Very clean tasting beer was wonderful clarity. You would think I had used a filtration system.

The second time fermentation was much warmer at 74F. Very fast primary fermentation and racked to a secondary after 6 days. After only 4 days in the secondary (gravity had been stable at 1.010) I went ahead and kegged. I was drinking my first pint after only 14 days. Certainly my fastest brew-to-drink time! The beer has slightly more sweetness, a light hint of fruity esters, and a slight haze, but overall it's still great. Would it be better fermented at a colder temp for a longer time? I think so, but keeping fermentation cool during the summer in the South is a struggle.

If you use a mesh strainer to catch lose hops before the wort goes into the primary fermenter, and rack to a secondary fermenter, you'll end up with a really clear, golden beer that will be enjoyed by all.
August 18, 2015