So I wanted to brew a session beer that that had to meet the following criteria:
1 - Quick Turnaround Time
2 - Had enough character to be interesting
3 - Would be appealing to non-craft beer drinkers
4 - Cheap to make
5 - Something I can drink alot of on Sundays
So I decided on a slightly hoppier version of a cream ale, using minute rice as the adjunct. The resulting beer is just what i was looking for. Slighty more bitter that your standard BMC offerings, nice light body from the rice, and enough hop flavor/aroma that I won't get bored, yet not enough to turn off people who don't like hoppy beers. If I had to compare it to something, I would say its almost like Victory Summer Love, but with a lighter body and less pronounced hop character. I brewed this beer on 8/24, cold crashed for 2 days starting 9/1, Kegged and fined with gelatin on 9/3, and pulled my first pint on 9/5. So a little under 2 weeks from grain to glass and the gelatin already has it cleared up pretty nicely. It also cost just under $20 to produce.
- 8 lbs Pils
- 2 lbs Minute Rice
Mash @ 150F for 60 min.
- 0.40 oz Columbus @ 60min (~25 IBU)
- 1.00 oz Amarillo @ Flame Out