Clibit
Something I've not done for ages, might give the McEwans Champion/ pale ale mix a go sometime. The Guinnes and 80/- sounds good too. Anybody had any successes mixing beers?


https://boakandbailey.com/2014/06/session-88-crazy-mixed-world/

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Pinto
Not since lost evening to Snakebite m8 [rofl]
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Clibit
Pinto wrote:
Not since lost evening to Snakebite m8 [rofl]


Not helpful Jeff.  [rofl]
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Gregles
A wee search on here reveals I have been guilty of cock-tailing commercial and home brewed beers for some time with some decent results [thumb]

https://www.homebrewinguk.com/search?keywords=cocktail&searchin=message&member=Gregles&do=findposts&id=&replies=atleast&numreplies=0&daterange=0&custdatefrom=&custdateto=&sort=&order=desc&radio_showas=posts&btnSearch=Search&action=doSearch

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Northern Brewster
I remember when I was in my teens and a group of us brewed some cider from a kit. We mixed it with Strongbow to give it some sweetness and fizz on a camping trip in the lakes.
Unsurprisingly, don’t remeber much about that week.
I don’t have hobbies. I’m developing a robust post-apocalyptic skill set.
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Tigermoth
I used to drink Black and Tan back in the 60's when I was a teenager, is this what you mean by mixing brews?
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GHW
Young’s ram and special is a good mix but haven’t drunk it for years
Otherwise not really done it
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Clibit
Tigermoth wrote:
I used to drink Black and Tan back in the 60's when I was a teenager, is this what you mean by mixing brews?


I used to drink those too, something my dad did. The article is just about the idea of making a commercial beer more interesting, improving it, by mixing it with another beer.

The four traditional mixes they tried were...
  • Mother-in-law — old and bitter.
  • Blacksmith –stout and barley wine.
  • Half-and-half – bitter and stout, or bitter and mild.
  • B&B — Burton and bitter.

For the Burton and bitter...

Tasting McEwan’s Champion on its own, we found it figgy, rich and, yes, rather coppery, but also lacking in life. We then combined it with two different sort-of bitters. First, Top Out Staple Pale Ale, a  grassy, bright and citrusy beer with unfortunately rough edges. Before we tasted it, we knew this would work. The Burton added density, polish and depth, and made the pale ale less harsh; the pale ale gave the Burton some ‘zing’ and fresh hop character. The result reminded us of Fuller’s ESB, and was deliciously easy to drink. (Was the development of ESB inspired by this kind of mix? Something to look into.)
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Tigermoth
That's interesting clibit, I haven't heard of those other mixes that you have just mentioned. For me as an underage drinker beer was just beer when I was in the UK and any relevance to whether it was grassy or citrusy wasn't even on the radar this came much later in life. I was 17 when I left the UK and since then I have matured somewhat !!! 
As students we used to go into THE SHIP in Maidstone for a quick "bevvy" before going on Tech College after lunch. We used to feel so grown up and to order a Black and Tan seemed very grown up !!! How stupid can teenagers be, but I was one of them!! 
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Clibit
How to pour a black and tan...

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Tigermoth
Oooh yes that looks gooood !!!
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Pinto
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"Please drink responsibly - because while everyone wants to make new friends, not many want to make them in the prison showers"


[rofl] [rofl] [rofl] sage advice.
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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