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All Things Food / Really?
« on: August 21, 2014, 06:34:11 PM »

Beer Recipes / American Mild
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:45:51 PM »
Thought I'd start a thread to document my attempts at coming up with an "American Mild" ale.  I want to end up with a sub 4% beer that doesn't have flavor and mouthfeel comparable to water!  I'm basing it on the English Mild, obviously, but with American ingredients.  My goal is to come up with a beer with the mouthfeel and flavor impact of a traditional mild, although not the same flavor.  I'm guessing this will take at least 3-6 attempts to get to what I have in mind.  I'm hoping that the amount of crystal, the high mash temp, and the yeast will give me the body I want, while all the late hops will have a lot of flavor but bitterness in line with the OG.  I'm also doing it no sparge, which I haven't done in a while.  Here's the recipe....

#463 American Mild

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal):         5.50    Wort Size (Gal):    5.50
Total Grain (Lbs):        8.00
Anticipated OG:          1.036    Plato:              8.91
Anticipated SRM:          10.3
Anticipated IBU:          31.3
Brewhouse Efficiency:       73 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Pre-Boil Amounts

Evaporation Rate:       1.50    Gallons Per Hour
Pre-Boil Wort Size:    7.00    Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity:      1.028    SG          7.05  Plato


   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
 81.3     6.50 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      2
 12.5     1.00 lbs. Crystal 60L                   America        1.034     60
  6.3     0.50 lbs. Special Roast Malt            America        1.033     40

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
  0.50 oz.    Chinook                           Pellet  12.10  15.5  20 min.
  0.50 oz.    Simcoe                            Pellet  15.40  11.8  10 min.
  0.50 oz.    Centennial                      Whole   10.20   3.9  5 min.
  1.00 oz.    Columbus                        Pellet  15.20   0.0  0 min.


Wyeast 1450 Denny's Favorite

Mash Schedule

Mash Name:

Total Grain Lbs:    8.00
Total Water Qts:   16.00 - Before Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:    4.00 - Before Additional Infusions

Tun Thermal Mass:   0.13
Grain Temp:        65.00 F

                     Step   Rest   Start   Stop  Heat     Infuse   Infuse  Infuse
Step Name            Time   Time   Temp    Temp  Type     Temp     Amount  Ratio
sacc                   0     60    160     160   Infuse   173       16.00   2.00

Total Water Qts:           16.00 - After Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:            4.00 - After Additional Infusions
Total Mash Volume Gal:      4.64 - After Additional Infusions

All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.
All infusion amounts are in Quarts.
All infusion ratios are Quarts/Lbs.

The Pub / Win a free beer book!
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:44:44 PM »
In honor of IPA Day, the publisher of Drew and my book, is giving away a free beer book.  Probably not ours, since it's not out yet!  You can enter here....

Ingredients / Hop aroma wheel
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:37:22 PM »
From Hop Union...pretty cool....

Equipment and Software / Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:04:35 PM »
I just pulled the trigger on a 14.8 cu. ft. chest freezer and I'm debating what to do for temp control.  I've read through some previous threads here and decided I don't want to deal with the STC, despite my background in electronics.  So I'm looking at either Johnson or Ranco.  Martin has previously weighed in in flavor of the Johnson A419.  I'd appreciate hearing opinions form anyone who has used either one.

Events / Hop and Brew School
« on: June 19, 2014, 02:45:53 PM »
I've been invited to Hop Union's Hop and Brew School in Yakima this Sept.  Has anybody been before?  Any reviews/things I should expect?

The Pub / Charlie P. in town
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:14:11 PM »
Charlie came to town yesterday to help raise funds for my congressman Peter Defazio.  Now, it's not strictly politics...Peter is the founder and chairman of the House Small Brewers Caucus, so there a connection there.  Here's a pic of some of our club members with Charlie...

General Homebrew Discussion / New website URL
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:08:02 PM »
I just switched my web pages to a new server.  If you've been using to get there, it will no longer work.  Just use .

The Pub / Stone Brewing evacuated
« on: May 16, 2014, 03:53:23 PM »
Apparently the wild fires near San Diego are heading toward Stone.  They have evacuated the premises.

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