Dad's Favorite Cream Ale

Dad's Favorite Cream Ale is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 43.
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Give Dad a big frosty reward for all his hard work! Evenly balanced, pale and light bodied, this classic Cream Ale is just what he needs to extinguish that powerful thirst after working up a serious sweat out in the yard.

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    What You Get

    1 American Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Pale

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1/2 Cup Honey

    For Fans Of

    Boddington's Brewery Pub Ale

    Genesee Brewing Genesee Cream Ale

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.048

    Final Gravity: 1.0110

    ABV: 5.1%

    SRM: (Color): 4

    IBU: (Bitterness): 17

    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.


    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 and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.
    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, mix in the 1/2 cup of honey and bring the mixture to a boil then remove from heat.
    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
    4. 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.
    5. 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).
    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
    7. 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 70° and 78° F (21°-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 byrlshaver from Best so far! I'm new at making my own beer and honestly they have all turned out good. However, Dad's Favorite Cream Ale is absolutely my favorite so far. Great taste, color, carbonation, and beautiful smell.
    Date published: 2018-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Alex from Appropriate name It truly was my dad's favorite beer. He drank more of it than I did. I follow the 2-2-2 method, and it turned out fantastic. The honey adds a very slight sweetness to make a flavorful, but not overpowering beer. This could easily become a go-to beer for relaxing or to share a party.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by PAOrangeman from This was a hit I brewed this also adding some honey malt. My first sip was okay, but when it warmed up a bit after refrigeration, the flavor really came out. Really smooth and refreshing. I gave a few away to rave reviews. In fact someone just asked me to brew it again. I definitely will.
    Date published: 2020-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by DonC from Great beer! You won’t be disappointed! I’ve brewed this three times. Turned out great every time. It’s on my top of the list to always have a few laying around. As usual it always gets better with time. I bottle it and let it sit for at least three weeks before cracking one open.
    Date published: 2020-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Soooo Smooooth! This is one of my favorites. It is so smooth. I put a few steaks on the grill and effortlessly spend a hot summer afternoon with some amazing beer.
    Date published: 2020-09-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by McQueen Pub and Grill from Dad's Cream Ale So good and refreshing!! Added 1 cup of Honey, recipe calls for 1/2 cup It'll be a Must brew again
    Date published: 2020-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Missouri Mom from Worth the Wait This one requires patience when it comes to the carbonation phase. Don't rush it. We tried it after just 3 weeks and truly disliked it. The entire batch got pushed to the back of the carbonation shelf. About 3 weeks later, we were moving things around to make room for a different brew and decided to give this another try. Wow!!! What a difference a few weeks can make. Will be making this one again.
    Date published: 2020-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by NKHuskyfan from Smooth!!! After reading the reviews, I decided to try this recipe. After fermenting for 15 days and conditioning for a month, I was pleased with the smoothness of this beer. Like others wrote, this beer gets better and better after a few more weeks. I am looking forward to brewing this one again as it is on the list of brews to definitely make again.
    Date published: 2020-07-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Mythic from Will be brewing this again! Followed the suggestion of another brewer and went with 3/4 cup of honey rather than the suggested 1/2 cup. Bottle conditioned at 70-72 degrees I think the honey really came through the most around week 4. I definitely suggest letting this one condition between 4 and 5 weeks to hit it's peak.
    Date published: 2020-03-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by The liquidator from very good brew This brew turned out better than I expected based on the low price of recipe. This is a good beer for the summer months. I added twice the amount of honey that was suggested. Not as much carbonation as expected, but the flavor was right on.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Gorilla Grog from verry good Good beer made it twice, first time as they say to and it wad good. Just a little light. So I did a 4 gallon batch with 3 patriot refills and a pale lme 1 cup honey. My favorite yet like a strong coors light.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Frantz from Smoooooooth..... This is my second batch. The he recipe alone is smooth and has a velvety feel. I add a little of my favorite malt to it to add a little more of that velvet goodness.
    Date published: 2020-10-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by AdamsBrewing from Awesome Brew Awesome brew. I added a booster to up the Alc % to see what happened. Great beer…rich flavor, but still crisp and light taste. Great recipe.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Kenkhm from Great Beer I tried the Dad's Favorite Cream Ale last night and it was great. My wife who is not a beer drinker liked it and said she would drink it again.
    Date published: 2016-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeM from Great beer for the summer Dad's Cream Ale is good and smooth. Easy down on a hot summer day. I'm getting some batches of these ready for some camping trips coming up
    Date published: 2017-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by HJohns from No bitterness at all I just made my first batch of this recipe, and it my favorite result so far. Mild flavor, lightly carbonated, and no bitterness at all.
    Date published: 2018-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Brian32 from Great simple beer Taste and aftertaste is very close to Boddington’s Pub Ale. That’s my personal favorite, so I was very pleased with this one
    Date published: 2020-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike P from Best Brew Yet Best brew that I have made to date. I added some lactose to the recipe. Next time I will go with a full cup of honey.
    Date published: 2020-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Fernie from Dad's Favorite Everything I thought it would be. Good flavor with a hint of honey that is NOT overwhelming. Would brew again.
    Date published: 2020-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by DBTN from Good mix Very refreshing brew, enjoyed it thoroughly. Great for a hot day. Nice little sweetness but not over the top
    Date published: 2020-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Derf from Good easy and tasty beer This is one of my favorite beers it is simple but amazing in flavor. So easy and fun to do
    Date published: 2020-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve H from Yummy! Yummy! Highly recommend this. Not a heavy beer, but an enjoyable lighter taste. Steve H.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by The boomer from Rich and good foam It's alot of fun and eager waiting Tasted it last night Very good
    Date published: 2020-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Butch28 from favorite Recipe Great taste on a hot day after chores. Goes down smooth and easy.
    Date published: 2016-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from top notch easy and well worth the price, will be making this purchase again
    Date published: 2020-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by JJBeer from Wait Wait Wait Took awhile to get proper carbonated, but it was worth the wait!
    Date published: 2020-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Will P from Dads review Awesome brew. I added my own twists to it but ended up great
    Date published: 2020-12-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by KayLizWI from I love the smooth, creamy taste! I'm glad we took a chance on this beer--it is fantastic!
    Date published: 2016-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Russ18 from Nice Brew Day! Nice brew day, easy recipe to follow! Great product .
    Date published: 2020-12-07
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