As many of you who read the new posts might have noticed, I'm preparing for my first AG batch in just a couple of weeks, and I wanted some input on a recipe I had in mind. One of my favorite past brews was an extract-based sweet stout that turned out better than Mackeson IMHO. The extract I used was just pale LME made from Klages. I figure there's always room for improvement, so for the AG batch, I wanted to use something other than domestic 2-row for the base. Price is not much of an issue for this batch, so I was considering using either Optic pale malt or Marris Otter, or even some combination of the two. I was also considering using Mild Ale malt to some extent. I'm going for about 8 lbs. total base malt. If anyone has any suggestions for the breakdown of the grain bill, I would greatly appreciate hearing them.