Beer #7: OBK Cream Ale

What is a cream ale anyway? Well apparently it’s a beer made with corn. Nebraska would be proud.

A quick pictorial recap of the brew day:

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:OBK Cream Ale
Beer Style:Cream Ale
Recipe Type:All Grain
Batch Size:5.25 gallons / 19.9 litres
Estimated SRM:
Estimated IBU:16
Estimated OG:1.047
Estimated FG:1.012
Estimated ABV:4.6%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

72-Row Malt
2Flaked Corn


160Styrian Goldings


1SafAle S-05

Fermentation Schedule

21 daysPrimary
7-14 daysBottle Conditioning
Optimal Fermentation Temperature:64-82°F / 18-28°C
Place fermenter in stable temperature, out of the light.


Mash Temperature:150°F / 65.5°C
Mash Time:60 min
Strike Water Volume:3.5 gallons / 15.9 litres
Sparge Water Volume:2.75 gallons / 10.4 litres
Boil Duration:60 min

Being relatively early in my home brewing journey I’ve never made a cream ale before so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. To that end I’m both a bit surprised with the taste and thankful for how well it turned out.

The recipe did say it would be a straw colour. At the very least I think I nailed that part.

This particular cream ale is a lot sweeter than I was anticipating… but in a refreshing sort of way. Not quite as sweet as, say, a cider but also not completely far off either. The smell almost has… hints of lemon? Again not quite what I was expecting but the combination somehow works. I could see this definitely being an easy drinking summer beer for those so inclined.

If this all sounds like it suits your tastes I’d recommend trying this recipe out for yourself.

P.S. – we called this brew “Cream of the Crop”

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