Up to about a month ago I had only ever done All Grain. But due to lack of time these days I had just stopped brewing. So I decided to try some extract and partial mash recipes on a much smaller scale in the evenings after dinner and see how that would go.
First time out I did an ordinary bitter with pretty much all extract. The process was new so it was a bit of a mess. In the end beer was OK, a little bland, but nice on my nitro system.
LAST NIGHT: I tried a partial mash Mild. Took me just under 4 hours, so still a little long for what I’m looking for, but I was finished before 11pm.
Here’s what I made (hope it was worth it)
1.25 kg Marris Otter
1kg Pale DME
250g Crystal (30l)
250g Amber Malt
100g Crystal (120l)
50g Black Pattent
Mashed 1hour at about 67C / Quick 10 min sparge.
Boiled 1 hour with 25g East Kent Golding (5.2) 60min
I expected a gravity of about 1.041 which is a little high for the style, but I’m not too concerned. I’m not bothering with actual readings for my quick night brews. This will be a fairly low alcohol session beer. I don’t really care how low as long as it is over 3%.