Homebrew Recipes - May 2022

Homebrew recipes are back! An important part of WIB since its inception has been our homebrewing community. We never cease to be amazed by the creativity, talent and sometimes utterly bizarre creations they come up with, using the ingredients from our shelves. We've often said we wish we could share the brews that make it to our monthly homebrew club with the rest of the world, so now we are!

The challenge for may was mild - we had some great examples of the style, plus loads of other great beers as usual!

The best non challenge beer chosen by the homebrew club was Fergal’s ‘Choco Orange Stout’, which was brewed to be dispensed as a nitro stout from Fergal’s keg system. To recreate the nitro stout from the beer poured from the bottle we used syringes to add air to the glass t6o give that creamy mouth feel!

Grain Bill (20 litres at 74% efficiency):

3 kg Golden Promise

1kg Golden Naked Oats

500g Flaked Barley

500g Pale Chocolate

500g Roasted Barley (late mash tun addition)

322g Dextrin


10g Mandarina Bavaria (8.5 AA) 60 min

30g Saaz 60 min (3.5 AA) 60 min

20g Mandarina Bavaria (8.5 AA) 5 min

20g Mandarina Bavaria (8.5 AA) whirlpool 


Lallemand London English Ale Yeast (1 pack)

Other Ingredients:

4g Gypsum in mash

4g Lactic Acid in mash

Zest of one orange 5 min

74g Cocoa Nibs secondary

100g Whiskey secondary

Zest of one orange secondary 

OG 1.062

FG 1.022

ABV 5.3%


Matt brewed a standard mild with often collaborator Mark, which was delicious. Nice and simple recipe, give it a go!

Grain Bill:

6.8kg Extra Pale Maris Otter

800g Pale Crystal

350g Chocolate Malt 

35g First Gold 60 mins

30g First Gold 10 mins

30g First Gold whirlpool


2 packs WLP002 English Ale


Alban shared an absolutely brilliant dark mild with the club, we’ll let him to get it away from here…

For this year’s May Mild challenge I wanted to get as close to a post-war dark mild as possible with my homebrew set-up.  Key style-markers would be low ABV, malty with much of the sweetness coming from sugar. To help me get there I used a whole can of treacle and mashed high to try to increase the body and sweetness.

Mashed the grains in 13L of PH-adjusted mains water at 73 C which dropped 3 degrees over the hour (outside in early April, even with blankets). After a thorough sparge about 30L went into the boil which reduced to 24L after 90 minutes.

Grain bill (29 litres at 75%):

2.5kg (51.4%) Golden Promise

1kg (20.6%) Pale Wheat Malt

254g (5.2%) Treacle

250g (5.1%) Caramunich

237 (4.9%) Roasted Barley

200g (4.1%) Pale Rye

121g (2.5%) Black Malt

100g (2.1% Dextrin Malt


15g Green Bullet @FWH

15g Fuggle @15 min

254g Treacle @15 min

(200g) Treacle 3 days in to fermentation)

So, the usual generous selection of fermentables which, like the hops, largely depend upon what I have got left. The purists out there may note that I have 5% of roasted barley, which is not strictly true-to-style. In my defence, it’ll take more than a few months for me to drink my way through this batch, so it’ll then cease to be a mild and a little bit of roastiness in an older dark ale is fine.

Lost 1L in dregs so 23L went into the fermenter at 25 C along with Lallemand’s London ESB yeast. OG 1.042, IBU 23, SRM 35. Added the last of the pot of treacle to the fermenter after 3 days and bottled 6 days later at an FG of 1.019, priming with just over 100g of demerara sugar.  I was expecting a high FG but 1.019 surprised me, however, it wasn’t budging and nearly a month later there’s no hint of excessive activity so it was definitely done!

The end result was a full-bodied 3% beer which was indeed sweet and malty with a hint of sugar.  The treacle seems to have been a good decision as it’s given a subtle but distinct flavour that appears to have been well-received.

Breaking with traditional storage / serving methods I used a recently emptied 2L bottle that had contained a decent Belgian Blonde and bought that along to the Homebrew Club.  I had a feeling I could count on the members of SE London’s most prestigious brew club to help polish off 2L; I was not disappointed. 

If I were to do this recipe again, I would possibly reduce the mash temperature a bit (maybe 69-70 C rather than 73 C) and aim for around 3.5% ABV.


waterintobeer homebrew club takes place on the first Sunday of the month, from 2pm onwards.

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