Interesting one this, a cross between a Vienna lager and a mild. 3.9% with a strong malt base.
"After visiting Bohemian Brewery in Salt Lake City, Charlie Papazian had a hankering for the subtle complexity and thirst-quenching satisfaction of a Vienna-style lager, but already had plans to brew a tried-and-try English mild ale. In true homebrew fashion, Charlie decided to combine the best of both worlds to create Sweet Mischief Vienna-Mild.
“The unique roast character of the brown malt and the caramel sweetness of the crystal malt along with lower gravity represent mild ale-ness. The generous amount of mellow, toasty Munich malt along with neutral base Pilsner malt heads in the direction of a Vienna lager. Belgian aromatic malt always contributes a great goosing if rich malt aroma and flavor is desired. The small amount of Belgian aromatic malt is subtle and has kind of a catalytic effect, helping emphasize the Munich and Crystal.
Dry hopping with Crystal hops imparts an aromatic character appropriate to both English ales and German lagers. I wanted to give this beer a lager-like emphasis in bitterness and flavor, so I used German Hallertauer in the long bittering boil and American Mt. Hood to contribute a honey and floral-like flavor, though with a 45-minute boil most of that character is minimized. The overall balance of this beer emphasized subtlety yet offers satisfaction in those thirst and sessionable occasions.”
- For 5.5 gallons (20.82 L)
- 4.0 lb (1.82 kg) | 10° L German Munich malt
- 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) | German Pilsner malt
- 1.5 lb (680 g) | English Brown Malt
- 6.0 oz (168 g) | 10° L (25 EBC) English crystal malt
- 4.0 oz (113 g) | Belgian aromatic malt
- 1.25 oz (35 g) | German Hallertauer whole hops, 4.3% a.a. (60 min)
- 1.5 oz (42 g) | Mt Hood whole hops, 5.3% a.a. (45 minutes)
- 0.5 oz (14 g) | Crystal pellet hops (dry hop)
- 0.25 tsp (1 g) | powdered Irish moss
- German or Bavarian type lager (Charlie used White Labs Cry Havoc)
- Original Gravity: 1.040 (10° P)
- Final Gravity: 1.010 (2.5° P)
- ABV: 3.9%
- IBU: ~25
- SRM: 14
- Boil Time: 60 minutes
- Efficiency: ~75%