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Old 03-16-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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I am about to enbark on making a batch of "Cream Ale" I have hijacked this recipe from various sources on the web and put together what I hope is a good recipe. I am hoping that I can receive some "expert" advice and feed back about my recipe from the posters I have come to rely on on this board. Any constructive suggestions is welcomed.

Boil
6# Laaglander Light DME

Steep
.5# Munich Malt
.5# Flaked Corn (Maize)
.5# Honey Malt
.5# Crystal 20L
.5# Caramel Pils Malt

Hops
1 oz Cascade (60 Min)
.5 oz Saaz-Czech (15 min)
.5 oz Hallertauer (5 min)

Yeast
White Labs California Ale

I was also considering some malto dextrin and lactose.

I await your valued advice.

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Old 03-16-2007, 02:07 PM   #2
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Cream ales don't have lactose; the "cream" is a completely misleading name for the style. I wouldn't add MD either, the beer is supposed to be light-bodied and crisp; think an ale version of a light American lager. As per BJCP, FG should be 1.006 - 1.012, so anything that adds substantially to body is out.

Actually, the Laaglander is a bad choice for the extract, as well - that stuff has a TON of non-fermentables. From what I've read (I haven't used it myself), you really only want to use that stuff as a modest percentage of your total extract - and given the style of a cream ale, you don't want any in here.

Forgetting about labels for a second - what kind of beer ARE you trying to make?

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just fyi -laaglander malt is not as fermentable as other brands and stops with a higher than usually final gravity -ie a sweeter/maltier taste.(possibly what you wanted with a cream ale?)

edit- too slow again - what _bird said

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If cream ales are light bodied, dry and not sweet... why are they called cream ales? Just out of curiousity. I think creaminess when I think cream ale.

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Go for Extra-Light DME and do a late addition. Put it in when you have <10 minutes left on your boil.

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If cream ales are light bodied, dry and not sweet... why are they called cream ales? Just out of curiousity. I think creaminess when I think cream ale.
That's one of the great beer mysteries. You ever have Genne Cream Ale? It's not full-bodied and rich like they would like you to believe. It's false advertising at its finest. Really, the only beer styles that I am aware of that actually call for lactose are milk stouts.
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Also,
Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't flaked corn (and munich?) need to be mashed and not steeped?

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Go for Extra-Light DME and do a late addition. Put it in when you have <10 minutes left on your boil.


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That's one of the great beer mysteries. You ever have Genne Cream Ale? It's not full-bodied and rich like they would like you to believe. It's false advertising at its finest. Really, the only beer styles that I am aware of that actually call for lactose are milk stouts.
Caramel Cream Ale calls for lactose, dam you Cheese for confusing my poor brain!

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If cream ales are light bodied, dry and not sweet... why are they called cream ales? Just out of curiousity. I think creaminess when I think cream ale.
You need to look at the history of the style. Cream Ales were developed to compete against lagers when lagers (mainly pilsners) first beame popular. The were looking for a lager like ale, light, crisp, clean . . .the "cream of the crop" for ales
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