I wanted to make a low ABV beer that didn’t taste “weak”.
Right away, I thought of a “British Mild”. I’d thought Innocente’s British Dark Mild was great, and wanted to do something similar.
I loosely followed the recipe “Fake British Accent” (seems like a really cool blog)! I made some tweaks to quantities and ingredients based on the author’s blog post and the reddit post comments.
What I used:
- 5 lbs Canadian 2-Row Barley Malt (instead of “Lamonta Pale 2-Row”, just because of availability)
- 4 oz Maris Otter (instead of “Opal 44”, because of the author’s commentary and because Opal 44 wasn’t available to me)
- 8 oz Aromatic Malt
- Amarillo hops, per the recipe
- My Kveik Voss yeast (see next section)
Very simple, I think, which is nice sometimes. I named mine Mild Mannered Lad.
Less is more… when it comes to kveik
It was nice that “Fake British Accent” used the same Kveik Voss yeast I have. The only difference is that I’m reusing some of my harvested supply and following the Nordic farmhouse starter method.
With this brew, I ventured much further into “traditional” methods…
I’m really learning and benefiting from the wisdom of Larsblog and Brewing Nordic. Consider the following snippet:
In Norway, many farmhouse brewers pitch shockingly small amounts of yeast.
When a Norwegian farmhouse brewer sent me yeast, he gave me this rule: one gram of dried kveik for 25 liters. Garshol’s How to brew with kveik gives a rule for farmhouse yeast slurry: one teaspoon of slurry for 25 liters. These are less than one-tenth of today’s rate, and often these rules are applied regardless of gravity also for strong beers.
Using a small amount of yeast seems to be an old farmhouse tradition […]. Perhaps kveik has become so hardy because it had to multiply quickly and seize the wort extremely fast.– Brewing Nordic
I’ve read that (unlike other yeast strains, of course) Kveik likes to be stressed out.
Small pitch rate. High heat. Fast and furious. <3
This time, I resisted my “natural” urge to add too much yeast to the starter (in the past, I’d add 4 tsp)… I only used 1 tsp of liquid yeast in the starter, which still might be too much for a 20 liter batch.
Also, I didn’t make the starter separately with DME and water. I took about 300ml of raw wort (before the boil) out, cooled it down to 90 F, and added my 1 tsp liquid yeast.
Farmhouse brewers usually pull out a small amount of the first wort, cool it to fermentation temperature, and add yeast to it. This is the yeast starter that activates the yeast. Farmhouse brewers often lauter slowly which gives the yeast two or three hours to wake up, even without the wort boil.– Brewing Nordic
Yes, all of these things still made me a tad nervous… but the more I read about historical and traditional brewing, the more comfortable I get.
(And yes, it took off and did very well.)
At the time, due to unconfirmed reasons (lol), our basement was around 82 F. Practically tropical. Ideal conditions for my Kveik.
I put it down there on Saturday Nov 6 at 7pm. By Wednesday (4 days later), I was ready to bottle it.
Sharing with Friends
It was ready to drink just in time for a friends’ reunion.
Later on, I was able to bring a few bottles for some other friends too (sorry that you couldn’t get tanked on it, since it was only 3%)!
It’s nice to be able to share your homebrew with people!
I created an Untappd entry, but only checked in twice. As one comment says, J’s first impressions were: “Smells like glazed donuts. Malty donuts.” For taste, he’s said: “hint of sourness, summer sausage aftertaste.” (Smoky I guess?)
7 Comment(s) on “Homebrew #7: British Mild Pale Ale”
Hey hey, glad you got some inspo from my post!
Kveik sure does love to be stressed. I usually pitch 1/3 a packet of the Lallemand Voss in my 4 gallon batches, which is probably a massive underpitch, but it always feels like breaking a rule to me. 😀
Thank you for the comment! (It’s so refreshing to see a comment that isn’t spam for casinos and porn, lol)
Your post was exactly the inspiration I needed 🙂
Have you tried harvesting and reusing yeast?
Good for you. Interesting recipe to follow. Mild has meant many things over the course of British brewing history. If you’d like to investigate more about mild, check out Ron Pattinson and his blog ShutUpAboutBarkleyPerkins. Keep brewing and experimenting.
Go back to class. This is about as British as Hootie and The Blowfish.
Well, TBF, it’s based off “FAKE British accent”
Really enjoying your blog! I run a homebrew podcast called The Homebrew Pub – in it I yeah to homebrewers about their approach to brewing, and the best/worst beers they’ve brewed. Was wondering if you would be interested in coming on. You can check out the site which links to where you can hear the show.
Hi Andrew, thank you for the nice comment, and sorry about the delayed reply!
I took a look at your podcast, and it’s awesome! I’m definitely interested. 🙂
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