You don't wanna why it's 'Cream Ale'

November 29th, 2007 travis Leave a comment Go to comments

Since we have been brewing a lot of really big and complex beers the last few times out, we decided to lighten things up a little and go for a Cream Ale. If you have been reading for a few months you’ll remember that I did a vanilla cream ale (no link because I think I did not blog about this one…interesting, I am brewing so much I forget beers)this summer and was really pleased with the outcome. This time we are going for a more simple brew and we are going to cold store it for a few weeks secondary.

The recipe is pretty straight forward:

You don’t wanna why it’s ‘Cream Ale’
Brewer: Travis&Nick
Asst Brewer: Meatball
Style: Cream Ale
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 10.00 gal
Boil Size: 12.55 gal
Estimated OG: 1.040 SG
Estimated Color: 4.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 15.3 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 59.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount Item
14.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 74.7 %
3.00 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) 16.0 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) 5.3 %
0.75 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) 4.0 %
1.50 oz Saaz [4.00%] (60 min) 12.2 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00%] (30 min) 3.1 IBU
1 Pkgs Kolsch Yeast (Wyeast Labs #2565) (Yeast Cake from Kolsch)

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body
Total Grain Weight: 18.75 lb
Name Description
Mash In Add 5.86 gal of water at 170.5 F158.0 F 45 min
Mash Out Add 2.34 gal of water at 196.6 F168.0 F 10 min

The plan is to fly sparge on this one, flying in the face of the advice from Ted :-) Honestly I have a hard on for fly sparging because I have never done it, I need to get over that hump before I can move on and make an educated decision about which I prefer. (Are the perverse overtones of this post too blatant?)

More info after the weekend brew session…cheers!

PS- Check out my buddy Ben’s revamped website. Great upgrade. Ben was the inspiration for my “tap and box” project that is holding my beer at a comfortable 49f! Thanks Ben.
Categories: All Grain Brewing, cream ale Tags:
  1. Adam
    November 30th, 2007 at 05:15 | #1

    Overtones? What overtones? What a nice necklace that young lady has on. What? You didn’t notice it? ;-)

    The last cream ale I had was a Genessee Cream Ale years…and years ago. Probably when I was the age of that young lady in the picture.

  2. Travis
    December 1st, 2007 at 17:23 | #2

    Cream Ale is a pretty misunderstood beer. It has a nice refreshing taste that is not quite lager, but not quite ale either.

    It’s a session beer for sure.

  3. Adam
    December 1st, 2007 at 19:41 | #3

    Interesting…I’ll have to taste one sometime soon. I noticed you used a kolsch yeast. I’ve used one of those. Is a kolsch the same as a cream ale? I guess I could go do some research and find out, but, what are comments on blogs for anyway?


  4. Travis
    December 2nd, 2007 at 03:02 | #4

    Cream Ale is technically a hybrid, meaning that ideally you would use some kind of mix of a ale and lager yeast.

    In my case, I am using the kolsch (an ale) because we had it left over from the kolsch beer we just did. When I checked up on the handy-dandy Wyeast website yeast strain guide I noticed that the kolsh yeast can be used for a cream ale.

    You can use an American or California ale or lager yeasts as well. Really the important part of the cream ale is cold storing it in a long secondary.

    I am all about this answering and asking questions on blogs, it’s great feedback and it makes me feel smrt!


    “I am so smart, S-M-R-T” Ralph Wiggum

  5. Adam
    December 2nd, 2007 at 03:47 | #5

    Excellent! I like that you were using what you had available and saved a few bucks doing so. I also like that you take the time to help edumacate me ;-)

    Very interesting. Thank you.

  6. Travis
    December 4th, 2007 at 02:55 | #6

    Not a problem. I like that we have a nice network of bloggers going. It’s good stuff.


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