Yet Another Dark Mild Recipe

February 9, 2012

So yesterday before I went to work, I got back to brewing English session beers. I wanted to make another dark mild ale, as that tends to be my favorite lower alcohol beer to keep around, but I decided to use it to experiment with a couple malts I’ve been curious about.

The first malt I wanted to try out was mild ale malt. It’s an English malt that’s kilned a bit higher than pale malt, so it’s a bit darker and I wanted to see what kind of flavor difference it would give. The other malt was pale chocolate malt. I’m not really sure what kind of difference to expect, but I was hoping maybe it’ll smooth out the flavor profile a little bit.

The malt bill wound up being:

  • 7.00 lb Mild Ale Malt
  • 10 oz Crystal 60L
  • 8 oz Pale Chocolate Malt
  • 6 oz Carafa II Special

The hop profile was basically the same as all the other dark milds I make:

  • 0.50 oz Northern Brewer (60 minutes, 9.6% Alpha Acid)
  • 0.50 oz Northern Brewer (15 minutes)
  • 0.50 oz Northern Brewer (End of Boil)

The mash profile was pretty standard: 2.5 gallons of mash water, 154F mash temperature for an hour, 6.75 gallons of sparge water. The water additions were: 4gm calcium sulfate, 8gm calcium chloride, and 2gm calcium carbonate. My efficiency wound up over 80%, and the original gravity was 1.040.

Overall it was a pretty smooth brewday. And the best thing is that this style is usually in a keg for me about a week after I brew it, so I’ll be able to try the experiment pretty soon.

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32 Responses to “Yet Another Dark Mild Recipe”

  1. Bill Says:

    I’m (of course) really interested in how this one comes out.

  2. Bill Downs Says:

    Looks like a nice recipe, but if you really want it “on the dark side,’ add a little Black Patent Malt.
    That would make your SRM (Standard Reference Method) rating much higher.
    I really like Chrystal malts, maybe go with some 90 degree too?

    • darknova306 Says:

      It actually came out pretty dark. It’s a very deep brown that borders on being black. The carafa II is as dark as a dark chocolate malt. It cam out pretty tasty. A very deep chocolate flavor with some soft bready malt flavor in support. At 3.6%, it’s gonna be a very easy session beer to pound.

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