My parents, not realizing I switched to all-grain earlier this year, gave
me a "Brewers Best" Cream Ale Kit (from LD Carlson) for Xmas. Actually I
think it was a hint to brew something that Mom and Dad want to drink.
I've gotten hints from Dad before like "You know, I really like Gennesee
Cream Ale". But I digress.
This kit includes: 3.3# John Bull Unhopped Light LME, 2# Light DME,
Muntons Dry Yeast, 1 oz. of a package labeled "bittering hops" pellets,
1/3 oz package of Irish moss, 5 oz. priming sugar, and bottle caps.
Actually for extract brewers the kit is pretty complete. I though the
fermentables were a little on the weak side for 5 gallons, but plugging
the ingredients into my brewing software give an OG of 1.041, pretty much
right in the middle of the range for this style.
The hops are unmarrked as to variety or AA% so I plan on calling Carslon
to see if they can provide me any information. The instructions only call
for boiling only 15 minutes after hops addition (50 minutes total boil
time) so the bittnerness should be minimal, probably more flavor and aroma
contribution. But my setup doesn't handle pellets very well so I'd like
to substitute leaf hops. Any suggestions on what varieties/quantities may
be appropriate for the style or a Genny CA clone.
I'd like to try to improve the kit with a little specialty grain addition
(Crystal 40L perhaps?). Any suggestions are welcome.
Also since who knows when the dry yeast pack was last refridgerated, I
plan on tossing it and substituting a liquid yeast, but which one? Whcih
of the follwoing Wyeast would be appropriate?
1056 - American Ale, 1272 - American Ale II (fruitier), 2565 Kolsch, or
some other strain?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. TIA
Music City Brewers
Nashville, TN - Music City USA