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Old 12-31-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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My attempt at cream ale: [partial mash] UPDATED

I am going for something that is easy to drink and not overly bitter so I chose to do a cream ale. Any suggestions and comments are appreciated.


Partial mash ingrediants:

8 ozs carapils

8 ozs pilsner malt or Domestic 2-row

8 ozs flaked rice

6 ozs light crystal malt



Malt extract ingredients:

5.25 lbs extra light DME



Estimated OG at 1.055

13.8 estimated IBU's


Wyeast 1056


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Old 12-31-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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I've never brewed a cream ale before, but you're gonna need some hops.


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Old 12-31-2012, 07:29 PM   #3
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Do you mean I need to use hops or I just dont have Enough?


I do plan on using hops farmerted:


I just did not want to reveal too much about the type. They will have an estimated IBU rating of 13.8
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Generally you want to use some flaked corn in a cream ale. Otherwise this seems fairly reasonable. Here's the recipe I used for my latest cream ale that I think came out pretty nicely:

Mash at 148 F, 75 minutes:
8.5 lbs pilsner malt
8 oz. 40L crystal malt
2 lbs. flaked corn

Boil:
8 oz. corn sugar
.25 oz. Warrior hops @60 minutes
1 oz. Mt Hood hops @3 minutes

Yeast:
White Labs Cream Ale Blend (WLP080)
Ferment at 65F, single stage, 3 weeks

According to BeerSmith, the vital stats are:
ABV: 6.2% (a bit on the high side, but it doesn't taste like it)
IBU: 18.4
SRM: 6

For a partial mash, just use extra light DME instead of the pilsner malt. While it probably doesn't matter for a partial mash, my efficiency is really bad (65% on a good day), so the amount of base malt may need to be adjusted for your own efficiency.
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Its a working process however I have updated my ingredients as some here have suggested the use of flaked maize.


For the partial mash:

1 Lb Rahr 6-row or high enzyme malt to convert the adjuncts

8 ozs Dextrine malt

8 ozs Flaked Rice

8 ozs Flaked Maize


Main fermentibiles:

4.5 Lbs DME


Un-named bittering hops

I was thinking Wyeast 1056 or Whitelabs cream ale

What say you on yeast?
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1056 will be fine for your cream ale.
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Why are you being secretive about the hops?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dannypo
Why are you being secretive about the hops?
I'm curious about this too...


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