Homebrewing Recipe: English Mild Ale

I don’t know why this style of beer is not made more often in the states.  This beer is a light bodied with a low bitterness, but dark in color and full of malty flavor.  The best part of this malty beer, very low ABV 4.3%.  That’s right a real flavorful session beer.

The Grist:

  • 7.5 lbs English Maris Otter
  • .25 UK Chocolate Malt
  • .25 Belgian Special B
  • .25 Belgian Biscuit
  • .25 Briess Special Malt


Mash grains at 153° for 60 minutes with 10.3 quarts of water (1.25 quarts per pound of grain).  Sparge 45-60 minutes at 170°.  make sure you do a run off and add it back to the mash tun.  I also give the grains a good swirl every 20 minutes or so during the mash.


  • 60 min – 1 oz Fuggles Hops(4.8%)
  • 15 min – whirlfloc tablet
  • 10 min – 1/2tsp Wyeast Brewer’s Nutrient Blend


Wyeast #1028 London Ale Yeast, no starter. OG: 1.044 (75% efficiency).  fermented at 70° (yeast range is 60-72°)

Enjoy!  If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out.


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4 Responses to “Homebrewing Recipe: English Mild Ale”

  1. Ray Grace Says:

    I agree with you, I wish more craft brewers would brew milds. I brewed one about a year ago which turned out nicely with a little time. Fairly difficult style to brew well though in my opinion. No big hops or flavors to hide anything.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    you,re right about that. I totally mucked this recipe. My grain mill was too wide and I didn’t notice until the grains were going in the mash tun. Ended up with a 3.3 ABV beer, bit thin, but still very drinkable.

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  4. nate Says:

    Mike just brewed up a mild the other day. I love English milds for the reason you mention: Lower ABV, full flavor. I think they are great year round, too.

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