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Old 08-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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I'm making a 5 gallon batch of Cream Ale this weekend from an extract kit and looking for something interesting to add. The guy at the LHBS said he likes Vanilla but i'm not sure about it. Just wondering if anyone has any other ideas about what I might add to make this a bit different.

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Vanilla in a cream ale? That sounds really terrible, to be honest. I don't think I'd try that.

A cream is a like a light lager (like Miller Light) with a bit more flavor because it's usually fermented as an ale at low ale temperatures. I can't really think of anything that could be added that would bring much to such a light beer. Maybe "dry peppering" with a couple of jalapenos would be interesting, or turning it into a fruit beer would work.

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So I just did my first cream ale, third brew ever, and it's currently bottle conditioning. I added nothing to it, but that's because I wanted to get a base for what it was going to taste like. I'm going to do a few more batches, for the next one I was thinking about secondarying and racking on top of habanero's and chile's I grow myself in pots in my backyard, along with some frozen organic lime wedges.

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I would not put vanilla in a cream ale. I like the idea of citrus. You could use orange, or tangerine. I like the lime idea.

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I made a BB kit cream and added 1/2 tea of vanilla in secondary. It went over so well 2 of my non brewing friends had me make it for them. Recently brewed a basic all grain ale and added clementine peel to the primary and am very happy. The recipe is at Hopville as "Pin Stripe Ale". Also have used ground cloves (very small amount) in secondary with good results.

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chai tea. add while cooling at the appropriate temperature

I haven't tried it (yet), but it sounds like it might be good

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Thanks everyone for the tips and I agree with most that vanilla might be odd addition to this style. I think I'll stick with making the Cream Ale without addition to get a good feel for the profile of this beer since I've never made one before.

I must say thought that the guy at the LHBS was pretty hyped up about how his friend loved it too @jstraight. I may try it on my next round then the peppers and lime certainly sound interesting too.

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I've had a few vanilla cream ales and they were very tasty. Most successful one I tried is from a local brewery called Due South. He dry hops with whole beans....pretty nice.

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I've had a few vanilla cream ales and they were very tasty. Most successful one I tried is from a local brewery called Due South. He dry hops with whole beans....pretty nice.
I thought that Due South's version wasn't actually a cream ale, but instead more of a light American amber with vanilla?

A "cream ale" tastes an awful lot like a light American lager and it is not the least bit creamy or caramelly. Picture putting some vanilla into Bud Light- that's about the results.

Something called a "caramel cream ale" wouldn't really be anything like a light lager and I think that could be confusing.
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I had a Coffee Cream ale from Hess Brewing and it was fantastic.

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