Milk Stout - Mini-Mash Extract Recipe Kit

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The secret to a Milk Stout is the addition of Lactose sugar.  This type of sugar, which comes from milk, does not ferment with other sugars when exposed to beer yeast.  It adds sweetness and a significant amount of body to beer.  Some beer drinkers worry that the beer will be too sweet with this sugar added. Even those that prefer a dry (vs sweet) beer most of the time will develop an affinity for milk stouts.   This is because of the balance of the beer.  Most beers achieve balance from sweetness via hops.  Hops certainly play a part in Milk Stout, but it is a minor role.  The real balance is achieved from the addition of Roasted Barley and Chocolate Malt.  These malts add a roasty bitterness that balances out the sweetness of the lactose and the flavor is further enhanced by the creamy, milky texture and flavor provided by the lactose.  Left Hand Brewing Company makes one of the better known versions of this style, Left Hand's Milk Stout. This beer is udderly fantastic.

Sweet Milk Stout - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions


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General Info: 

  • Batch Size: 5 Gallons
  • Mash at 154
  • Est. Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
  • Est. Final Gravity: 1.018 SG
  • Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5 %
  • Bitterness: 26 IBUs
  • Est. Color: 39.7 SRM

Malts and Adjuncts: 

  • Light Dry Malt Extract
  • Caramel 60L
  • 2 Row Chocolate
  • Roasted Barley
  • Flaked Barley
  • Lactose


  • German Magnum Hop Pellets