Anyone have a good cream ale recipe?

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italarican
beers 1606 º places 115 º 15:51 Fri 4/7/2017

Just looking to make a light, dry beer with subtle corn sweetness that’ll be easily accessible and easy to crush in the summer. I’ve never gone this light and don’t know what recipes I can trust.

 
Homer321
beers 5255 º places 54 º 17:14 Fri 4/7/2017

I prefer rice over corn, fwiw. I’m sure the Brewing Classic Styles recipe would be good. Also, consider honey instead of corn or rice. I used to do a great quencher that was 3 lbs DME and a quart of honey at flameout. Was great stuff.

 
italarican
beers 1606 º places 115 º 09:05 Sat 4/8/2017

Originally posted by Homer321
I prefer rice over corn, fwiw. I’m sure the Brewing Classic Styles recipe would be good. Also, consider honey instead of corn or rice. I used to do a great quencher that was 3 lbs DME and a quart of honey at flameout. Was great stuff.


Interesting. Do you find the corn too sweet? I assume the rice or honey would make it all the dryer.

 
StefanSD
beers 2468 º places 57 º 10:20 Sat 4/8/2017

A *good* cream ale is a real thing?

 
italarican
beers 1606 º places 115 º 12:29 Sat 4/8/2017

Damn, I was expecting a jab at cream ales (yep, most suck) within two posts. Not counting mine, I was 1 off.

I’ve noticed that of the few cream ales I’ve actually liked, I’ve sensed some floral & hay notes. I’m thinking Sterling, Saaz, or Santiam (never used this, but the description seems similar) may fit.

 
WingmanWillis
beers 440 º places 1743 º 17:42 Sat 4/8/2017
 
decaturstevo
beers 6343 º places 200 º 07:44 Sun 4/9/2017

What yeast would work best for this? I use safale 05 and usually make one batch each year for the 4th of July when the family is up and anything with dark malt or IBU’s above 20 are so bitter they can’t drink it. Also if you are going to keg it you can drink it down then add some kind of fruit concentrate to it to make something different all together. I have added tart cherry concentrate mixed in a small amount of vodka (for sanitation and to lower the viscosity of the concentrate for easy mixing) with well received results. I’m interested in the yeast discussion on this as well. cheerstevo

 
HornyDevil
13:17 Mon 4/10/2017

You looking for an extract, partial mash, or all grain recipe?

Other than that, simple grainbill, Noble hops, and German Ale yeast will get you where you need to be. If you can ferment low and lager, that would also help, but that’s not completely necessary.

 
italarican
beers 1606 º places 115 º 17:27 Mon 4/10/2017

This will be all grain.

I have temp control. I’ve never lagered before but could. I was thinking WLP029 (German Ale/Kolsch), so that seems in line. Think I have the hops narrowed down to Saaz or Mt Hood. A cream ale I like uses Mt. Hood, and it seems like it may be a descendant of noble hops (Hallertau)?

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