With an average alcohol content of 6.5-7.0% ABV, Cascadian Dark Ale in quantity can be a real grizzly bear, but this session-fied version of the popular beer style is just a Little Bear. Formulated specifically for Brewing TV episode 28 and weighing in at an original gravity of only 1.040, Little Bear Session CDA delivers the dark malt and citrusy hop joy of a CDA in a smaller beer that you can drink throughout the entire evening (and not feel like you fell out of a Douglas Fir in the morning).
5 gallons, extract
target OG: 1.040-ish
- 0.5 lbs Weyermann CaraFa III
- 6 lbs Northern Brewer Gold malt syrup @ 60"
- 1 oz Warrior @ 60"
- 0.5 oz Ahtanum (or Cascade) @ 10"
- 0.5 oz Ahtanum (or Cascade) @ 0"
- Wyeast 1272 American Ale II*
- 1 oz Centennial (dry hop)
* in Ep28, we actually used Wyeast 1026 Cask Ale, which was a Private Collection strain for October-December 2010; 1272 is our substitute of choice, but you could use almost any moderate/high- to high-attenuating American or British ale strain and have a nice beer.
Substitute 8 lbs of domestic base malt for the Gold malt syrup and adjust the 60" hop addition to yield a recipe grand total of 40-45 IBUs.