So I'm brewing the recipe below for my wife. (She wanted a "fruity" beer.") It was listed on beersmith.com as "Strawberry Cream Ale". I asked at the LHBS, and they confirmed what I thought, in that there was no lactose, so this isn't a true 'cream ale'. It's in the mash right now, and I was wondering, is there a way to make this into a true cream ale? How much lactose should be added for a 5 gallon batch?
As an aside, let's assume I can't make it back tot he LHBS to get lactose. Can I just use straight whole milk or heavy cream instead?
8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US 1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 1 lbs Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) 1.0 oz Cascade [5.5%] - Boil 60 min 1 pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) 4.00 lbs Strawberries (Secondary 7 days)