Cowgirl Honey Light Spiced Blonde Ale - Archived

Cowgirl Honey Light Spiced Blonde Ale - Archived is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
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Make any cowgirl your honey when you serve her a glass of this beautifully balanced beer. Smooth and silky with just a hint of hop spice to even things out.

$19.95
SKU
90-15020-00
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What You Get

1 Classic American Light Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

2 Packets of BrewMax Booster

1 Packet of Saaz Pellet Hops

1 Hop Sack

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser


You Provide

1 Cup Honey

1 Teaspoon Ginger, freshly grated

For Fans Of

Left Hand Brewing Good Juju

Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale


Brew Specs

Flavor: Balanced

Original Gravity: 1.054

Final Gravity: 1.012

ABV: 5.6%

SRM: (Color): 11

IBU: (Bitterness): 18


STEP 1: Sanitizing

Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract,then place the unopened can in hot tap water.

2. Place the packet of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material

3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Sprinkel in the 2 packets of Booster and stir until dissolved. Bring this mixture to a boil, add in your hop sack,grated ginger and 1 cup of Honey, then remove from heat.

4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

7. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

8. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


Tip from our Brewmasters

After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Hoppytobrew from Impressive Beer! Since I was not overly impressed with CAL (it was your typical weak tasting light beer) I was not expecting a lot from the Cowgirl Honey Light. But last night I tasted my first "Cowgirl Honey Light" and it was the most amazing beer I've made to date! I thought my St. Patrick's Stout was good but this one takes the prize. I will definitely be brewing this one again. It poured to a thick head and the head retention was long. It was smooth with a light malty flavor and a slight hoppy finish. IMPRESSIVE BEER!
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarJac from Full Bodied and Bubbly! This recipe is our favorite so far, we named it Annie Get Your Fun. We love the full bodied feel in the mouth and the great carbonation. The head is nice and it has long lasting effervescence. The aroma is fantastic and the flavor is mellow with just a hint of sweetness from the honey. It has a super smooth finish. The older reviews used the long fermentation times but we bottled at 14 days and felt that 3 weeks conditioning was perfect.
Date published: 2020-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by Doppelbock Fan from Refreshing Brew it for my wife and we both like it. My opinion the Hops pellets do the perfect combination with the honey. At my wifes request I eliminated the ginger from the recipe and the beer taste was perfect. Will brew again.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bazzoka from Great This was the second beer I have made and it is delicious, had family over and they all loved it as well will be getting it again
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by DEFbrewer from Smooth Looked like an interesting brew. Easy to make. Let it condition fully. Great with beer salt.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by Butch28 from Wonderful light Great light beer. A little bight from hops. Next time I will remove the hops after boiling.
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by Taz101 from Has great taste Had this before and I loved it will get again sometime in the near future
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by dalethrip from Refreshing Very refreshing beer...my girlfriend even liked it and she’s very picky.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brewer 33 from Best beer I've made yet. First and foremost, this beer is not for anyone who doesn't love IPA. Those who dislike or tolerate IPAs will hate this beer. The description is no joke, it's incredibly hoppy, and that bitterness definitely lingers after you drink. I don't know how to describe the finish other than clean and bitter. The beer is incredibly dark, almost looks black in the glass. Hold it up to light and you get a beautiful amber color. It smells floral and sweet. The beer tastes like an excellent IPA. I don't know how else to describe it. It's a sincerely delicious IPA. Even better than some popular craft beers, the finish is just so clean with a wonderful bitterness. I fermented for 3 weeks before bottling. A friend of mine runs a microbrewery and suggested I try it after 2 weeks in bottles, well before Mr. Beer suggests. I'm going to keep a bottle or two for a couple of months just to see the difference, but there's no way I'm waiting on the rest of the beer. It's ready now and perfect. The ABV is no joke. I fermented for 3 weeks and this has an estimated ABV of 11% on the nose. And it feels like it. I'm 3-4 way through a 12 oz bottle and by the amount of rambling I've done in this review you should understand how strong it is. It's one of the most pricey beers Mr. Beer offers, and I can say after 3 years of brewing Mr. Beer products, this is the best beer I've ever made. If you or your friends are IPA lovers, spend a little extra cash and make something that's going to knock their socks off. But make no mistake, anti-hops individuals will despise it.
Date published: 2015-05-02
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