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Old 09-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #11
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Yes, I have noticed that tangy taste in a nut brown I used it in, which I wasn't a huge fan of. However, tell me if you agree with this line of reasoning: any chocolate taste from amber malt will be lost in the chocolate malt. Therefore, special roast will add another taste dimension to this beer, and the amount is small anyways. I try to make beers that are complex but have simple malt bills.
Special roast will work, no doubt about it and amber starts getting to "cocoa" levels at more than 5% of the grain bill. It doesn't taste like chocolate per se, more like really toasted bread crust. Special roast still is more bready than anything else. I just dislike the tang and prefer the intense biscuity/bready nature of amber malt better.

Brown malt would also be a nice substitute to special roast. It's more roasty than amber.

But if you keep any of these malts at 4oz or less in your beer, everything will turn out just fine. Just be sure you use a good English crystal malt (Bairds crystal @ 75L is really good) and not an American crystal malt. The later tends to be sweeter. I'd also use English chocolate malt.
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Special roast will work, no doubt about it and amber starts getting to "cocoa" levels at more than 5% of the grain bill. It doesn't taste like chocolate per se, more like really toasted bread crust. Special roast still is more bready than anything else. I just dislike the tang and prefer the intense biscuity/bready nature of amber malt better.

Brown malt would also be a nice substitute to special roast. It's more roasty than amber.

But if you keep any of these malts at 4oz or less in your beer, everything will turn out just fine. Just be sure you use a good English crystal malt (Bairds crystal @ 75L is really good) and not an American crystal malt. The later tends to be sweeter. I'd also use English chocolate malt.
Well this beer is mashing as I type, went with domestic stuff cause that's what I had. I will post how it turns out.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:58 PM   #13
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Please let us know how it turns out: there's not a lot of discussion about mild going on around these parts

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:19 AM   #14
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Please let us know how it turns out: there's not a lot of discussion about mild going on around these parts
I will for sure, I've gotten so much from this site, always want to give back.

I've brewed other mild recipes before, but they are too roasty for my tastes. I want something flavorful, but smooth. Cain's was a little too roasty but it had this nice, thirst-quenching quality which was very strange for a non-sour brown ale. I think a smooth, flavorful mild just might be the perfect every-day beer for this winter.

If you are interested in other session beers, you might want to check out my abbey single. It is a low ABV Trappist ale that has gotten rave reviews and has been a staple for me for a long time. It is the flagship beer for the nano that I am opening in a few months.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Hopsail
Brewer:
Asst Brewer:
Style: Belgian Specialty Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 6.52 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.046 SG
Estimated Color: 4.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.3 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 92.3 %
4.0 oz Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 3 2.6 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 5.1 %
0.75 oz Sterling [7.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 20.1 IBUs
2.25 oz Sterling [7.50 %] - Boil 2.0 min Hop 5 5.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg Trappist High Gravity (Wyeast Labs #3787 Yeast 6 -


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:06 PM   #15
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I will for sure, I've gotten so much from this site, always want to give back.

I've brewed other mild recipes before, but they are too roasty for my tastes. I want something flavorful, but smooth. Cain's was a little too roasty but it had this nice, thirst-quenching quality which was very strange for a non-sour brown ale. I think a smooth, flavorful mild just might be the perfect every-day beer for this winter.

If you are interested in other session beers, you might want to check out my abbey single. It is a low ABV Trappist ale that has gotten rave reviews and has been a staple for me for a long time. It is the flagship beer for the nano that I am opening in a few months.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Hopsail
Brewer:
Asst Brewer:
Style: Belgian Specialty Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
--------------------------
Boil Size: 6.52 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.046 SG
Estimated Color: 4.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.3 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 92.3 %
4.0 oz Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 3 2.6 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 5.1 %
0.75 oz Sterling [7.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 20.1 IBUs
2.25 oz Sterling [7.50 %] - Boil 2.0 min Hop 5 5.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg Trappist High Gravity (Wyeast Labs #3787 Yeast 6 -


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
That looks delicious. I'll put in my notes to try your recipe next spring/summer. I'm much more a bitter/porter guy, especially when the weather gets colder: it froze last night up here. It's pretty much all I brew, but I like me some nice belgian beers from time to time.

I get the feeling that a lot of homebrewed milds aren't that thirst quenching because we are afraid that the beer might feel thin and boring because of its low abv and og. So we put in a crapload of crystal/chocolate malt and mash way too high, while commercial brewers are very often using low amounts of crystal and a boatload of sugars plus brewer's caramel for colour.
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Ok, kegged it and am drinking it right now. Here is the official report: this beer is absolutely delicious. This is everything I wanted this beer to be. It is smooth, caramelly, toasty, and chocolatey, with only the faintest hint of roastyness. This is a real winner. I would not change anything.

Six days after brewing it tastes great. This does not need any more aging. Do not hesitate to brew this. This may be the tastiest beer I have ever had.

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