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English Mild Ale (For Intermediate Homebrewers)

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This all-grain recipe is designed for the intermediate homebrewer, and it's a good idea to have at least three or four extract homebrew batches complete before giving this one a try. We will be using a modified version of the brew-in-a-bag technique, which will include a full mash and mash-out. If you haven't done an all-grain homebrew before, be sure to read through this post on mashing before you begin.

For this brew, you'll use same equipment setup used for extract batches, but you will also need a kettle that is at least 7.5 gallons as well as an extra-large mesh grain bag. A second stockpot large enough to heat (not boil) 3 gallons of water is also recommended. An accurate brewing thermometer is very important when making an all-grain recipe; it's a good idea to check that yours is in good working condition.

This sessionable homebrew will finish between 3-3.5% ABV, so fermentation will be fast and no yeast starter or secondary conditioning is needed.

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