Originally Posted by Hilbert
Revvy one more question
The info about cream ale yeasts are conflicting. One says that you are supposed to brew it with a lager yeast at around 68 deg. The other one says that you're supposed to use an ale yeast and brew it at lager temps.
Which one is traditional. I was planning on using an ale yeast but I am not against trying a lager yeast.
That's because it often difficult for people and even commercial breweries in the old days to brew lagers, since refrigeration was difficult back then, and IS difficult for many homebrewers to have a dedicate space for lagering.
Cream ales are traditionally ales (hence their name) BUT can be brewed as Lagers and also they can be brewed with a lager yeast at ale temps (those were called "steam Beers" or " Commons."
The Kentucky Common is probably the best known of the maize based common.
Kentucky Common Beer is a once-popular style of ale from the area in and around Louisville, Kentucky, that is rarely brewed commercially today. Cheaper than imported beers, it was popular among the working class
It was usually made with barley and approximately 25 to 30 percent maize, with some artificial coloring, caramel, or roasted malt to give it a dark color. It had an original gravity of 1.040-1.050, an average bitterness of 27 IBUs, and was brewed with 2 percent lactobacillum in the yeast.
And even though some commercial examples call themselves "Cream Ales" my understanding is that some of them actually are lagers.
I realized that winter that I can Ghetto Lager in my loft building's garage. The first one I tried as a lager was my cream ale recipe using saflager dry yeast.
It came out really nice, and it was subtly different from my brewing of it as an ale. A little crisper, a little cleaner, and the corn flavor was a bit more pronounced (not dms bad) just a little more noticeable.
I think I mentioned in those posts I liked to that I actually prefer BMCs that have corn as an adjunct over rice. I think they are creamier and smoother.
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