Features: golden, pale and hopped to perfection (4 .6% abv)
Price Range: $16.00
Overall Rating: Very Good
Blending together the pale gold color and extraordinary hop flavor of the Cowboy Golden Lager with the traditional continental style of the golden colored Pale Export UME creates a truely hoppy lager with added body.
Cowboy Golden Lager w/Pale Export
1 Can Cowboy Golden Lager (HME)
1 Can Pale Export (UME)
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME)
1 Packet One-Step™ sanitizing cleanser
INGREDIENTS: MALTED TWO ROW BARLEY, HOPS, HOP EXTRACT, WATER, AND YEAST (Packed Under Lid).
Fermentation, Carbonation And Conditioning Times:
21 days for fermentation
21 days for carbonation
28 days minimum conditioning at 50-70F
02 days minimum in fridge
Fermentation: 31-Jan-2010 to 20-Feb-2010 - (68-76F)
Carbonation : 20-Feb-2010 to 13-Mar-2010 - (68-76F)
Conditioning: 13-Mar-2010 to 13-Jun-2010 - (50-70F)
"This was my second attempt at brewing beer, my first using a 'Premium' recipe that included (UME), in place of the Booster that ships with the 'Standard' refill. After fermenting for 21 days I sampled the brew before bottling it. From the first taste I could tell it would be a challenge waiting another 21 days for carbonation to complete".
The ingredients used in this recipe included 1 can hopped malt extract (HME), 1 can of unhopped malt extract (UME) and 1 packet of dry yeast. Recipes having more ingredients require increased fermentation time, to allow the yeast to work.
Just as in the fermentation process carbonation times will depend on the complexities of each recipe. As a rule of thumb recipes containing many ingredients take longer to carbonate than recipes with few ingredients.
Up until this point I completely omitted the very important process of conditioning the beer. Allowing the beer's flavors to fully merge and mature in the bottle before drinking. In a basement, with a consistent year round temperature range of 50-70F, naturally brewed beer can be stored for up to 4 months. Prior to drinking the beer should be refrigerated for 24-48 hours and served cold in a clean glass.