I decided to try something different and brewed a mild. I'm quite impressed with the result. I'm not a big brown ale fan and haven't had a mild in North America that floored me. I know Mill Race is highly regarded, but I find it boring. The new mild at Granite is a pretty good one and it inspired me to try and brew one with the characteristics I like which are.
Less malt sweetness, but not hop forward either.
I guess I'd say I was chasing for a lower alcohol beer with flavour and body more than a true traditional mild.
I have had a few house mild oversees and found the occasional one that worked for me. The one I brewed seems to have done the trick.
I managed to break free of too much maltiness by adding a little flaked rye and some oats. The oats helped with the body and the rye gives the flavour a little edge and both help with the head retention. The final beer arrived at 3.2% and a gravity of 1.009. It's not as heavy a body as I was targeting, but the creaminess from the oats creates a nice perception of body.
If I were to change anything, I would have left it to condition a little longer. I know it's considered a style served 'young', but I can see this improving with an extra week or two of conditioning.
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