Cream Ale All Grain Recipe by Eric Beer

Cream Ale All Grain Recipe by Eric Beer

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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, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

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

California Recipients: See Proposition 65 Information
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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Like this type of beer
Greg M G on Aug 28, 2019
Delicious 2nd go
Joseph O on Jul 22, 2019
Like this type of beer
Greg M G on Aug 28, 2019
Had Cream Ale in Oregon
Kay B on Aug 28, 2019
Delicious 2nd go
Joseph O on Jul 22, 2019
Joseph O on Jul 3, 2019
Wife likes cream ales
Craig Lester on Jul 1, 2019
More beer clones are good!
brian w on Mar 8, 2019
Never brewed a cream ale, reviews are good. Ready to give it a try
Jared Williams on Jan 11, 2019
Who knows?
Martin H on Jan 8, 2019
I like cream ale
Steven B on Dec 14, 2018
made it before
Chuck R on Nov 20, 2018
Brewed this a couple of times - it's delightful
CHRISTIN N on Nov 17, 2018
please mill fine
gordon gottfried on Nov 17, 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
Had Cream Ale in Oregon
Kay B on Aug 28, 2019
Joseph O on Jul 3, 2019
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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Crowd pleaser
I brewed this as a BIAB. The results were great. Nice golden color, thin creamy head and smooth taste. It was even popular with the flavored water (aka light beer) drinkers. I'll be trying this one again.
August 8, 2019
3 months ago
Nice balanced beer. The wife likes it. Smooth but has plenty of flavor
August 1, 2019
2 months ago
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
1 year 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