Thursday, April 19, 2012

Solidarity Black English Mild

I love The Brewing Network and all of their shows.  Last January they had Eagle Rock Brewery on Can You Brew It.  I've never been to Eagle Rock Brewery but the recipe sounded so tasty and delicious I had to scribble down the recipe and brew it.  Below is the actual recipe converted into 5 gallons.  I rounded the 5.3 oz below to 6 at my LHBS's.  I have to admit, it is one of the most complex recipes I've brewed so far.  I had a little bit of a line forming behind me waiting for the scale as a frantically grabbed an ounce of this and that.

Picture Credit Eagle Rock Brewery

Here is Eagle Rocks description of the beer:

“Mild” refers to an English-style beer that is malt-accented yet light flavored and low in alcohol.
Our Black Mild is dark and almost completely opaque, but has a surprising light body and an extreme drinkability.  We use a variety of roasted malts to provide toasty, nutty flavors and a bit of complexity, with notes of toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Sounds great doesn't it?

Solidarity Wort Collected



Type: All Grain
Date: 4/19/2012
Batch Size: 6.00 gal
Brewer: Chris Lewis
Boil Size: 6.87 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): TBA Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes:

Amount Item Type % or IBU
4 lbs 2.2 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 47.86 %
1 lbs 13.9 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 21.62 %
9.9 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 7.17 %
8.5 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 6.13 %
5.3 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.82 %
5.3 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 3.82 %
3.5 oz Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 2.54 %
1.9 oz Peat Smoked Malt (2.8 SRM) Grain 1.39 %
1.4 oz Carafa II (412.0 SRM) Grain 1.04 %
1.4 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 1.04 %
0.95 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 17.1 IBU
1.20 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
5.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 3.58 %
1 Pkgs London Ale (White Labs #WLP013) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.040 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.040 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 3.75 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 3.90 %
Bitterness: 17.1 IBU Calories: 175 cal/pint
Est Color: 28.4 SRM Color:

Mash Profile
Mash Name: My Mash Total Grain Weight: 8.34 lb
Sparge Water: 4.74 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH

My Mash
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Step Add 12.51 qt of water and heat to 150.0 F over 2 min 150.0 F
40 min Step Add 0.00 qt of water at 168.0 F 168.0 F

Mash Notes:
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Kegged (Forced CO2) Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 21.6 PSI Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

CYBI Clone Recipe , Eagle Rock Brewery from 1-12. Add calcium Carbonate

Fermentation Notes:

7 Days @66 (per WhiteLabs Instructions) then free raise to 70 for the next couple days.

Brewing Notes:

This beer was having a bitch of a time starting fermentation.  I just WLP013 London Ale yeast with a starter and it just wasn't going.  I added a little WLP028 of another batch I was transferring and it started up with in 24 hours.  I don't know what the result on the beer will be as yet. 


  1. AnonymousMay 07, 2013

    Drinking this beer for the first time right now. How did yours come out? Thinking about brewing this recipe.

    1. I was looking for my tasting notes on this beer and I can't find any. I loved this beer, I was able to purchase the commercial version and try them side by side and its a great beer. A dead on match with the original.

  2. Thanks for your detailed notes, I'm brewing a high gravity version of this beer next week that ERB brewed once called Deuce, and I figure I will shoot for some second runnings to the Solidarity gravity.

  3. Hi!
    When did you added the sugar?


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