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Old 05-21-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Alright I have come up with a recipe for the annual famliy vaca down the cape (Cape Cod for those not from NE). This will be a lighter beer to appeal to all beer drinkers. A nice refreshing beer after a long day at the beach.
Last year I did a hefe (the simple hefe recipe in the database), but I already have 18bs of lme, so I dont want to get more wheat extract.
I figure this would be a good one, since all like blueberry ales. I looked around at cream ales, and figure this would work well. I have never made a cream ale, nor had one, but they sound good. I already have hops I bought, so I will use the columbus, as thats the best "bittering" hop I will use. I dont want to use all my good ipa hops I have. I'll use blueberry extract, because I want to keep the color and not have purple beer

This will be a 6 gallon batch, I have my extract in 9 lb pouches from moorbeer. I dont feel like weighing out less, so I figure make more of this and then bring some down to friends for labor day.

18 min boil to make it a quick one, and for the right IBU's

9 lbs Light LME
8 oz. Cyrstal 10
8 oz Maltodextrin
Columbus 15.4%aa 1 oz. 18 mins
wlp080- cream ale yeast
Add 2 oz? Blueberry Extract- at bottling - I will check to see where I want it at bottling.

OG 1.060
FG 1.015
IBU- 18
SRM 6.4
ABV- 5.9%

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I was deciding on yeast, and I think the cream ale yeast sounds like a good choice. It was either that or something like a clean 1056 american ale yeast.

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I think with 9lbs of LME,it looks a lot like the London Cream Ale recipe on beersmith. but with your changes & other things you didn't use as compared to BS2 recipe. The pound of flaked corn isn't the same as the 1lb of corn sugar in the BS2 one. It uses 8oz of maltodextrine & 1lb of corn sugar. The maltodextrin gives mouth feel,but it also adds a sort of creaminess.
The flaked corn must be mashed with barley malt,as it can't self convert.
So if you wanna stay all extract with the crystal,swap the flaked corn for 8oz maltodextrin.

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And dont be fooled by the name "creme ale". If it ends up to style, it will be dry and crisp, and have a little ajunct (corn) flavor. Im not sure that the corn flavor will play nice with the blueberries.

I just made a creme ale (my first one) and late hopped with Citra. The passion fruit flavor of the citra did not play nice with the corn flavor.

I dont think I would fruit a creme ale. Maybe swap the corn for some flaked oats to give it a silky texture which would go better with the fruit IMO

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Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll go with something else, and maybe perhaps just get some wheat lme and make a blueberry wheat. That will be a nice drink, so I'm not playing about with trying to make a style what its not.
I'll make some changes to this recipe and change the thread title.

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It's a realtively easy recipe with just taking out the flaked corn & adding the maltodextrin. The difference in color being off by .3 is the light LME. Extra light/pilsen is typically used. So without the flaked corn,which as I said must be mashed,the blueberry extract might still work.

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Can i make a suggestion to sub Columbus with another C hop? Im thinking Columbus may be a contrasting flavor for something like this. To me, Columbus has that garlicy kind of taste, i think Cascade or pretty much anything would suit you better. Good luck!

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I found columbus to be citrusy in my BuckIPA. Def a strong hop that's good for aroma/dry hopping. Being strong,care should be taken not to use too much at 14-16%AA.

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It's a realtively easy recipe with just taking out the flaked corn & adding the maltodextrin. The difference in color being off by .3 is the light LME. Extra light/pilsen is typically used. So without the flaked corn,which as I said must be mashed,the blueberry extract might still work.
Ya I thought about that. I did like the sound of using the cream ale yeast, as its a mix of ale/ lager yeast. It might give it some interesting flavor?? Ok, I might have to come back to this now
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Is this the cream ale yeast you're referring to?
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/white...end-wl080.html
Sounds like it's qualities would work well with the columbus.

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