Monday, April 15, 2013

"Yo Mamma's Magic Mild," English Mild Ale

I recently realized that I haven't ever posted a recipe for an easy, low-alcohol mild ale. Although it's fun to brew (and drink!) interesting beers, sometimes you just want a working man's drinking beer. The following recipe is for an English Mild Ale. English mild ales are usually darker in color (12-25 SRM), low in bitterness (10-25 IBU's), and not very alcoholic (2.8-4.5 ABV). Also called a "session ale," this style of beer is meant for "drinking sessions," where one can drink a substantial amount of beer without getting too drunk. This is a great beer to have on hand (or on tap) for any day, but especially those hot days where you really don't want to do anything but sit outside, play lawn games, and drink cold home brew. Because of the small grain bill and tiny hop schedule, this beer is incredibly inexpensive to brew (a 5-gallon batch costs around $15 for grain, hops, and yeast at my local brew store).

Yo Mama's Magic Mild
Style: English Mild
Type: All Grain
Calories: 108 (per 12 oz.)
OG: 1.037
FG: 1.009
ABV: 3.67 %
IBU's: 19.34
Batch Size: 5.00 Gal
Boil Time: 60 minutes

Primary: 7 days @ 68.0°F
Secondary: 14 days @ 72.0°F
Bottle/Keg: 14 days @ 40.0°F

Grains & Adjuncts
5.00 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row)
10.00 ozs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L
5.00 ozs Chocolate Malt
4.00 ozs Flaked Barley
1 Cup (0.67 lbs) Table Sugar (Sucrose) - added during the last 15 minutes of the boil

0.26 ozs Centennial - 60 mins
0.44 ozs Bravo - 10 mins

White Labs 0051 - California Ale V (I know this is not an English yeast, but I really like using it in this style of beer)

1.00 tsp Irish Moss - added during the last 15 minutes of the boil

Mash Profile
Light Body Infusion 75 min @ 152.0°F
Add 9.28 qt ( 1.50 qt/lb ) water @ 171.8°F

10.1 psi Force Carbonation @ 40.0°F (2.3 Vols)
3.95 oz Corn Sugar - Bottle Carbonation @ 70.0°F