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Old 10-21-2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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Default Had my first taste of a MILD

I brewed a Black Cat Moorhouse clone and bottled it tonight, Having never tasted a British MILD I was unsure what to really expect except all you guys seemed to love it.

Well - after all the bottles were full and the bucket was starting to burp I poured out a glass and took a sip . . . . ok a gulp (sips are useless).

VERY VERY good.. sort of a smokey malty maybe molasses??? smooth

I can not wait for it to carb up a little (1.8oz corn sugar).

3.1%ABV which is a little low (mini mash got a little high - fixed that problem)

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3.5lb Extra Pale LME

1.5lb Pale Ale Grain
10oz Chocolate Malt
0.5oz Peated Malt
6oz Crystal 60L

3/4 oz Fuggle 60 min
1/4oz Fuggle 15 min

White Labs English Ale 002

1.8 oz corn sugar carbing - could have gone 2oz I suppose

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Old 10-21-2008, 01:24 PM   #2
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Milds are nice. I just bottled the NB mild ale kit last weekend. The ABV came out way low, too (~2.5% or so), because the Windsor ale yeast just didn't attenuate, but man, even the hydro samples tasted great. Can't wait for it to carb up.

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Old 10-21-2008, 01:28 PM   #3
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I don't really like peated malt in a mild (nay- I really don't like peated malt at all). You did well by not overcarbing- it really destroys the delicacy of a well-balanced mild.

My 10der and Mild swap mild is very lightly carbonated and it's perfect.

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Old 10-21-2008, 06:36 PM   #4
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This was my first experience with peated malt and my mind has now stored this away for another time. I can not think of another style that would use it but . . . . it's a tool I can whip out at some point if I want that smoky flavor.

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I just ordered a clone recipe kit from Austin Homebrew for Black Cat. It was the price of the kit that made the decision for me...$20.99 or so. I was curious to know what their cheapest ingredient kit was and scoured their inventory. This was the only one at this price I believe. 'Twas a fun hunt.

Hopefully I'll be brewing it up by Thursday night. So how did your clone turn out after it carbed?

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I just tried the first bottle of my Mild the other night, same yeast too, I was very happy with it. The only thing I'm bummed about is that it turned out more pale ale-colored, rather than a brown ale.

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What's a good commercial mild to try?

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What's a good commercial mild to try?
I'm partial to both the Moorhouse Black Cat and Theakston Traditional Mild, if you can find them in your area. The BJCP has Motor City's Ghettoblaster listed as a commercial example.
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I just tried the first bottle of my Mild the other night, same yeast too, I was very happy with it. The only thing I'm bummed about is that it turned out more pale ale-colored, rather than a brown ale.
Keep in mind that there are Pale Milds as well. Basically you can think of Pale Mild as Ordinary Bitter with less hops bitterness and no flavor/aroma hops.

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Keep in mind that there are Pale Milds as well. Basically you can think of Pale Mild as Ordinary Bitter with less hops bitterness and no flavor/aroma hops.

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Bob,

What might some benchmark traditional examples of a pale mild be? You know, for research!

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