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Old 07-30-2014, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default Mild Malt for Stout base?

I'm thinking of using a Mild Malt (Briess' Ashburne 5.3L) as a base for an Imperial roasty chocolate stout (first runnings) and brown/porter ale (2nd runnings). My Mild addition is at 53%, which is even higher than the recommendation for Bocks from Briess (I'll probably lower that some). Anyone have experience with this malt that might have some insight on it for me?

I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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Old 07-31-2014, 01:13 AM   #2
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I use this malt all the time in my Dark Mild..... I brew it about 10+ times a year. The one thing I would say is it is a "sweet" malt. When I first tried it, I brewed my mild and used it for all of the base malt (about 75-80% of the total grain bill). I thought it was too much - too sweet. Basically, I now use:
45% Maris Otter
35% Ashburne Mild
20% Specialty Malts

I think this is about right for that beer. I have not used it in anything else, so I can't say for sure how it is in a stout. But, you can basically go two directions with it - use "too much" and scale back on future recipes or use "too little" and add more in the future.

If I was guessing, I would say less than 50%, more than 25% if you want it to impact the beer in a positive way.

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Old 07-31-2014, 04:44 AM   #3
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Awesome, thanks! That's exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. I've ordered materials and have it planned for about 35% Mild Ashburne and 55% Maris. I want it to have a sweetness to it, so we'll see how it works out.

My next problem is trying to figure out how to calculate 1st & 2nd runnings with beersmith.

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Old 07-31-2014, 04:58 AM   #4
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I don't use Beersmith, but for my partigyles I use a chart online to find my total batch gravity (a 1.091 golden strong 1/3 to a 1.046 saison 2/3 came to 1.061 with the MoreBeer chart) and make a grainbill with total volume to that gravity (in that case 10.5 gallons). Then I just split it into two recipes and adjust volume and efficiency to get to my targets and build hop schedules from there (75% efficiency turned into 34% per batch in Brew Pal. For some reason it isn't exactly half). It has been very accurate twice, about to do it again in a month or so.

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Sweet! That all sounds pretty logical to me. I figured it'd be something like that. Thanks for the help.

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No problem. Sounds like a tasty experiment!

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