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1000 Mile Mild

Brewed: 06/02/2019   Kegged: 06/23/2019

Just as I did the previous 3 years, I'm doing the 2019 Great Cycle Challenge

GCC2018.jpgThe Great Cycle Challenge is one of those ride-to-raise-money-for-charity events that pop up from time to time.

The charity I'm riding to raise money for is the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

The difference between this "event" and others (sort of) like it is that this one lasts the entire month of June. The riders pledge a number of miles to ride over the month. Other people donate money in support.

In 2019 ... my goal is to ride 1000 miles.

That is a lot for me, but I think I can do it. 

In honor of this goal, I'm brewing a low-alcohol / low-calorie beer. I'm calling it a Dark Mild, but it on the very low end of the style's color. It also has American hops in the finish.

So, it certainly isn't a traditional English Mild ... but I don't care.

For more on the GCC ... see Sheppy's Blog: #GCCUSA


1000 Mile Ride --- Batch 1 (235)

Style Dark Mild Batch Size 8.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   10.84 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.033 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 18.2 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 3.1 %
BU : GU   0.549        
Recipe Color 11.0 SRM
Measured OG:   1.037   Measured FG:    1.006
ADF:   83.8    Measured ABV:    3.9


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
8 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 2 76.4 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 3 13.5 %
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 4 6.7 %
6.0 oz Chocolate Rye Malt (250.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.4 %
0.500 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [14.80 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 6 10.0 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 -
1.000 oz Cluster [7.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 4.9 IBUs
3.000 oz Crystal [2.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 3.3 IBUs
1.5 pkg Nottingham Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 10 -
1.70 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 11 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.91 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 3 steps (Drain mash tun , 7.80gal, 0.90gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.028 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (10.84 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
06/02/2019 esheppy
Brew day started around 5am. Got mash going and then went for bone ride. Added 11g calcium chloride to help with beer clarity. Will fill kettle and then go to church. Brew day will continue after I get back.
06/08/2019 esheppy
Tilt says I'm down to 1.006, which means I can keg whenever I enjoy one of my other beers.
06/23/2019 esheppy
Kegged today. Also put extra two gallons in the Frankenbrew keg. Calling this 1.006.
06/26/2019 esheppy
Trying a pint. It is a diet beer after all. Maybe a bit dry and thin, but delicious. Much better than a diet soda too. Great color. Good clarity. I might like a bit more carbonation, but good beer.
08/18/2019 esheppy
Still have some. Really nice beer.
08/18/2019 esheppy
A few weeks ago I brought the keg into work for happy hour. People really seemed to enjoy it.
09/07/2019 esheppy
Killed the keg while grilling. Yummy beer. Will have to make this again for next year's #GCCUSA
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