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Top House Dark Mild

It does help if you have your own water tested, but generally the water in Hull is underground water that is low in acids and salts, we can add acids in the form of AMS to the water, Just half a teaspoon of Table salt in Dark beers works wonders..

In Years gone by beers relied heavily on the flavours of the grains, before the surge in popularity of the pale ales and IPA's  the availability of hops were very limited, most people know the old favourites, Goldings and Fuggles and the Hop picking holidays in Kent, the reality is our climate does not lend itself to producing high acid and aroma varieties, this is improving with many different varieties now available. 

Mild also got some bad press by the rumours (true or false) that anything was added to the mild, contents of drip trays etc. This is a real shame as it has put many people off drinking an iconic brew. maybe we should rename it "Black Gold" , because a creamy, mildly hopped pint is about as good as it gets..

So lets Brew... 

Its a standard brew process, mashing for 90mins, i always recirculate until the wort is clear, then boil for 60 mins, with hop additions at 30 mins, protafloc in at 10 mins ​. chill rapidly to 19'c.

OG shoul;d be around 1.037 and it will finish quite high at around 1.011, giving an ABV of 3.2% that depends on your efficiency . Ferment out at 18'c then chill for a couple of days to clear


2.7 kg fawcetts mild ale malt

160g crystal malt

160G Chocolate malt

160G Roast barley

160G Rye malt

270G Wheat malt

270g Torrified Wheat

250 Oat malt


25g Goldings 30 mins

10G Protafloc 10 mins

15g SO4 Yeast.

OG 1037

FG 1011

Colour 24 EBC

Alcohol 3.2%

Bitterness 10 IBU

Kit consists

2.7kg Fawcetts mild malt

160G Crystal malt

160G Chocolate malt

160G Roast Barley

160G Rye malt

270G Wheat malt

270G torrified wheat

250G Oat malt

25G Goldings hops

15g SO4 yeast

10G Protafloc

10 ml AMS

Cost, £15.20