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Old 09-15-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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I have been wanting to do a cream ale for some time and have put together this recipe. This is the first time I have attempted to put together my own recipe so....tell me what I should change

4 lb. Pilsner malt
4 lb. American 2-row pale malt
.5 lb. flaked maize
.5 lb. cane sugar (piloncillo, jaggery,etc)

1 oz Hallertau (60 min)
.5 oz Hallertau (1 min)

Yeast- not sure here...
Heard good things about White Labs California Ale (WLP001)
Maybe Cream Ale Blend (WLP080) or WYeast Kolsch.

Any help greatly appreciated!!

 
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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looks good. very similar to a cream ale i made the other day:

3 lbs Pilsner
3 lbs 6-row
1 lbs Vienna
2 lbs Flaked Maize

1 oz hallertau (60 min)
1 oz 7% saaz (5 min)

I always use the WLP080 Cream Ale Yeast Blend. ferment in the low 60s and it will turn out great!
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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Death....Do you boil for 90 min on that?
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response,
What is the main difference between the 6-row vice 2-row malt?

 
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:15 PM   #5
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woah, someone else that knows what pilloncillo is. I'd be careful with that stuff, I did a ginger beer with it, and it seems to be around 60-70% fermentable, so it could leave your cream ale with quite a high FG if you're not careful.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:18 PM   #6
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You need more corn or other adjuncts if you're striving for a light, crisp cream ale. Hit my recipe drop down and check out the #3 recipe. It seems to be "relatively" well received by this board.

 
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ahh...yes, i always do a 90 minute boil with pilsner malt...i think i actually did the hops for 90, too. i just threw the recipe up from memory.



6-row has more diastatic power and a slightly different flavor...i've read it's more "grainy" but i doubt you'd notice much.

i've only used 6-row a few times to help with conversion. I'm giving it a try with this recipe as i heard cream ale's "traditionally" used 6-row because it was cheap and helped with conversion. i used 2-row + pilsner for all of my previous creams.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for the response,
What is the main difference between the 6-row vice 2-row malt?
6 row has more diastatic power/more proteins. Whether or not it is necessary for the grain bill you are using is over my head.

 
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it's not necessary. 2-row will work just fine.
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