How to Make Cream Ale at Home

Cream Ale recipe

Homemade recipes have a unique freshness and taste. Today, I bring forward the recipe for a cream ale so you can give it a try at your home.

As the name suggests, Cream Ale does not have cream as its ingredient. It is a light beer that can be consumed repeatedly. It is an American-style lager with a touch of corn in it.

To make cream ale, you need to get hold of the grains and mill them. Prepare a mixture of calcium chloride, water and milled grains and boil it. Moist the grass to get a wort of about 6.5 gallons and boil for an hour. Ferment the beer and allow it to reach a temperature of about 68 °F. Bottle it up and let it carbonate.

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Ingredients for Cream Ale

IngredientsAmount
2 Row Malt6lbs/2.7kg
Flaked Corn2lbs/0.9kg
Flaked Rice1lb/0.45kg
Crystal Malt4oz/113g
Servomyces1 capsule
Calcium Chloride5.5g
Corn Sugar¾ cup 
White Labs WLP080 YeastCream Ale Yeast Blend

The ingredients for making the beer will be available at a homebrew store. If not available nearby your place, then you can even opt for the online supplier. I prefer to buy them in bulk and then measure and use them. Till then, take a look at the hop schedule.

Hop Schedule

IngredientsAmount
3.5AAU Hallertau Magnum hops (0.25 oz. 7 g at 14% alpha acids)60 minutes
1.9AAU Saaz hops (0.5 oz./14 g at 3.75% alpha acids)10 minutes

Let’s take a look at the steps involved in the beer making process.

Cream Ale Recipe

Cream Ale
  1. Take the grains and mill them. Mix calcium chloride and strike with 13.1 liters of water with a temperature of 164 °F (73 °C). Make a mash with this at a temperature of 150 °F (66 °C). Hold on to this temperature for 60 minutes.
  2. After boiling add to this mash to reach the temperature of 168 °F (76 °C). Hold onto this temperature for 5 minutes and then start with vorlauf. 
  3. Moist the grains with enough water to get a wort of 6.5 gallons (24.6 L). Boil it for 60 minutes and add hops as per the given hop schedule.
  4. After the boil, whirlpool the mash for 5 minutes and settle it for 5 minutes. Rest the wort to chill to reach the temperature of 65 °F (18 °C) and pitch in the yeast.
  5. While fermentation, allow the beer to rise to the temperature of 68 °F (20 °C). Hold this temperature for ten days or till the fermentation is done, whatever is the later one. 
  6. Bottle up the beer and let it get carbonated to 2.5 volumes.

Content Information in Cream Ale

SRM5
OG1.045
FG1.008
IBU15
ABV4.7%

How to Make Cream Ale at Home | Video

To help you out, I have uploaded the video of the recipe. Watch it for better clarity of the process.

Video by The Homebrew Challenge

After trying the recipe, do share your reviews in the comment section. And for those who are having a query related to the recipe, feel free to ask your questions in the comment section. I will get back to you with the best possible solution.

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