Category Archives: BJCP

11A – Mild

About 8 weeks ago on a very rainy day I brewed an English Mild, arguably influenced by Morrissey.

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Realistically it was the recipe “Through a Mild Darkly” taken directly from the Zainasheff/Palmer book, “Brewing Classic Styles”. I brewed this specifically for my BJCP project because it’s not very easy to find packaged Milds in the US and despite the fact that I love hops, I admire this style of beer.  When Anchor Brewing released “Mark’s Mild” as a reaction to the apparent double IPA/hops craze we put it on draft in our bar and I fell in love with the approachability of a “dark beer” for our “light beer” patrons.

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My version of the recipe came out fairly dark, but has a nice rounded sweetness as I mashed above 156°. Estimated abv is around 3.14% and IBUs around 20. I pitched SAF-ALE US-05 and fermented at 68° and raised to 71° after a couple days. I bottle conditioned to a fairly low level, which gives it a nice soft bubble.

I’ve already got another BJCP beer homebrewed and ready to drink. In the meantime, check out the official 11A – Mild specs from BJCP

13C – Oatmeal Stout

Spotted some Firestone Walker at the store and was inspired to use the rest of my flaked oats for a homebrew. 13C is the BJCP category for Oatmeal Stout and so far my beer falls within the stats.

I am using some East Kent Goldings for hopping and Maris Otter for the base malt. Unfortunately it wasn’t worth an hour of driving to get some British yeast, so I’ll use the US-05 that I’ve got.

Pretty easy to spot the missing ingredient!

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BJCP Journal – 1A, 1B, 1C

In the process of studying for my Certified Cicerone® exam I started learning BJCP style guidelines the best way I knew how: By drinking them! Whether it was visiting the German beer bar down the road, or sulking out of the grocery store carrying some canned American Lite Lager, I got firsthand experience and started to get some funny shots along the way. I will continue to add to (and improve upon) this project along the way. To open it up, here’s 1A, 1B, 1C.

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