This weeks home-brew recipe is one that I’ve tried some time ago, but it didn’t quite turn out the way I liked. I got one thing right in the percentage of lactose sugar for sweetness and body but didn’t know much about the benefit of adjuncts to aid in the quality of the beer.
Adjuncts can help in a range of ways from smoothness and mouth-feel to head retention and body.
In my milk stouts case, flaked barley and wheat are going to help with head retention whilst the flaked oats are offer smoothness and body to the beer.
These will be paired with a selection of grains including Maris Otter for the base malts, caramalt to aid sweetness, Munich to further push the flavour & aroma profile, chocolate malt for colour & chocolate flavour and black malt for darkness & roast.
A little Chinook and East Kent Goldings hops will add a moderate hop bitterness and flavour to the overall stout.
The sweet lactose sugar will add as a counter balance to the darker and roasted elements of the beer.
Each of these elements will be brought together with a Mangrove Jacks Empire Ale yeast which is designed for Sweet stout styles.
Milk Stout V1
680g Maris Otter
181g Cara Malt
91g Munich Malt
45g chocolate Malt
45G Black Malt
22g Flaked Barley
34g Flaked Wheat
45g Flaked Oats
90g Lactose Sugar
Hops – Start – Bittering
Hops – End – Flavouring
6g East Kent Goldings
Empire Ale (Mangrove Jacks M15)
Cleaning & Sanitising:
Prepare your sanitiser by dissolving 2 teaspoons of powder or dissolving one tablet in 5 litres of water.
Sterilize all equipment including the demijohn, Syphon tubing, airlock, bung, funnel, thermometer and sieve by soaking in the liquid for around 20 minutes.
Try to hold onto this sanitiser solution until the brewing process is complete as you never know when you’ll need it.
Heat 2.4 US quarts (2.2 litres) of water to 71 degrees then add the grain mixture. Stir gently and maintain a temperature of between 62 & 67 degrees for the next hour.
Stir the mixture every 10 minutes until you have reached the 1 hour mark.
With 10 minutes left in the mash, bring the temperature up to 77 degrees. At the same time, start heating up another pan with 4.5 US quarts (4.3 litres) of water to around 77 degrees.
Place the sieve over this second pan and start to pour in the grains. Once all the grains have been poured into the sieve, carefully pour the hot grain mash through the grains.
Then move the sieve onto the empty pan. Gently and evenly pour the 4.5 quarts (4.3 litres) over the grains and recirculate a couple of times.
You can pass the wort through the grain a couple of times to capture as much of the sugary liquid as you can.
Place the pan containing the wort onto a high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Set a timer for an hour and allow to boil until the time is up.
With 60 minutes left on the timer, add the starter hops as listed above and with 10 minutes left on the clock, add the end hops as well as the lactose sugar.
If you’re using Irish moss, you can add this with 10 minutes left on the clock too.
Take off the boil ready to cool right down.
Remember, the earlier the hops are added the more bitter the wort and the later the hops are added, the more aroma will come from the wort.
Ensure you have an ice bath prepared somewhere to cool the wort down to around 20 degrees. A bath or a sink will do.
Using a funnel, pour the cooled wort into the sanitised demijohn. Allow a little space at the top as fermentation will cause a krausen to form which could overflow.
I use a filtered funnel which catches all the left over hops and debris.
Pour three quarters of the yeast into the demijohn, then half fill the airlock with some of the left over sanitiser. Attach to the bung and push into the top of the demijohn to create a seal.
Store in a cool and dark place at room temperature and monitor.
After up to 14 days or when the fermentation has finished, sanitise bottles, caps, and syphon using the same principles as above.
Prime the bottles by adding 1/2 teaspoon of sugar per 500ml or 1/4 teaspoon of sugar per 330ml to them.
Using the syphon, disperse the liquid equally amongst the bottles trying not to disturb the sediment in the bottom of the demijohn.
You can control the flow with a clamp mechanism or if your quick enough place the end from one bottle to the other quickly.
Leave a space at the top of each bottle to allow for fermentation within bottle, cap or close the lid then store in a cool and dark place at room temperature for around 2 – 3 weeks.