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Old 02-27-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default Additions to a (kit) Cream Ale

I have a Brewers Best Cream Ale Kit that is just DME and LME. The last kit I made had some specialty grains to add.

My LHBS suggested adding a lb of Munich 10L and 1/2lb of Cara Pils to boost it a little bit. Does that sound like a good/bad/meh idea?

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

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Old 02-28-2009, 12:56 AM   #2
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I don't think Munich belongs in a Cream ale. 1 pound 2-row and 2 pounds flaked corn steeped at 153 for one hour would be good.

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Old 02-28-2009, 02:50 AM   #3
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CaraPils doesn't really taste like anything, it just adds body and head retention, which is fine. I definitely wouldn't add Munich malt. Doing a mini-mash with some 6-row or 2-row and flaked maize, and maybe even just a handful of flaked oats (you wouldn't want to overdo it), would probably be your best choice.

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Old 02-28-2009, 03:11 AM   #4
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The CaraPils is a good idea. Don't add any Munich. Some Crystal 10L would be OK, but don't overdo it!

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Old 02-28-2009, 03:17 AM   #5
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If by boosting you mean increasing the alcohol content...simple cane sugar is a typical addition for Cream Ales.

Cream ales should be bright and crisp. Cara and Munich will add body and maltiness.

For a 5.5 gallon batch, you can add up to one pound of cane (table) sugar to help the beer dry out and become lighter in flavor.

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