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Dudocs Dark Mild

Brewed: 11/06/2021   Kegged: 11/13/2021

My friend "Doc" hosted a Learn to Homebrew Day at his house, and my friend "Du" and myself gladly accepted the invitation.

dudocsmild.jpgOne of the AHA's "official" recipes for the day was a Dark Mild. I decided I'd brew one too.

I had a pack of Lallemand Voss Kveik Ale Yeast in my fridge that I wanted to use up. 

I picked hops I had in my freezer too rather than buying any.

To save time while brewing with my friends, I planned for a 30 minute boil. I decided to start the mash on my drive over to Doc's house.

As I've mentioned many times on the blog, the simpler the recipes the better when I brew with other people.

The beer turned out good.

It certainly wasn't real complex. It was nice, drinkable, straight-forward. It has nice notes of dark chocolate and caramel without being too sweet or thick.

It finished dry and very drinkable. I think the voss yeast gave a hint of lemon / orange pith esters, which pushed the dryness. 

With the low alcohol, I tend to drink lots in a sitting and am sure I will finish it quickly.

 For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Dudocs.

Dudocs English Mild --- Batch 1 (301)

Style Dark Mild Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.42 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   30 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.035 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 16.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 3.5 %
BU : GU   0.468        
Recipe Color 17.9 SRM
Measured OG:   1.037    Measured FG:    1.009
ADF:   75    Measured ABV:    3.7


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.48 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
6.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
6 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 3 78.7 % 0.47 gal
8.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 4 6.6 % 0.04 gal
6.0 oz Crystal Dark - 77L (Crisp) (75.0 SRM) Grain 5 4.9 % 0.03 gal
6.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 6 4.9 % 0.03 gal
4.0 oz Crystal Extra Dark - 120L (Crisp) (120.0 SRM) Grain 7 3.3 % 0.02 gal
2.0 oz Blackprinz (500.0 SRM) Grain 8 1.6 % 0.01 gal
0.500 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [15.60 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 9 16.3 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 10 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 11 - -
1.0 pkg Voss Kveik Ale Yeast (Lallemand #- ) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 29.93 qt of water at 157.1 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Brewing salts in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Boil and add hops as instructed above.
Chill as close to 80 degrees as possible. Pitch voss yeast.
Ferment at room temperature for 1.5 to 2 weeks.
Keg and chill. Carbonate and enjoy.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.033 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.42 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
11/06/2021 esheppy
Got my grains yesterday. Brew day at Doc's today. Packing up my brew stuff to travel. Learn to Homebrew Day.
11/07/2021 esheppy
Brew day was fun. Lots of beers were had during the brewing, but I got the brew steps all done. Ended up with 1.037 OG.
11/08/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.007 at 71 degrees.
11/11/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.006 at 69 degrees. Based on past experience, this probably means 1.009 or so, which is a little higher than predicted FG, but I think I should be kegging this soon.
11/13/2021 esheppy
Kegged. 1.009 FG. 3.7% abv. Sample is nice. Notes of caramel and dark chocolate with maybe a touch of roast. Comes across dry and maybe a bit thin. Nice simple session beer. Can drink it by the liter or the pint. Not getting much of the lemon pith esters from the voss yeast.
11/21/2021 esheppy
Keg finally in the beer fridge after Rocktoberfest kicked. Beautiful dark brown. Needs some carbonation, but very close to being ready to drink.
11/24/2021 esheppy
After the Falling Leaves blew, I moved this to kegerator. It is now nicely carbonated. Really thick long lasting head. Nice simple drinkable beer. Can drink lots without worrying about getting too drunk. Darker color than I was expecting, but that's not a big deal.
01/01/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg last night. Nice beer while it lasted.
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