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Ducatiboy stu

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Start with a Coopers Pale Ale recipe and adjust the Alc down to about 3.5% ( ie reduce your total grain volume )

Bitter with POR and late hop with SAAZ at about 10min ( 5 will also work)

10% wheat
5% Med Xtal
85% Pale Malt

POR @ 60min to about 25-28IBU
SAAZ @ 10-5Min to about 5 IBU
 

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Any decent Ale yeast

Milds are really interesting to brew. They are harder than normal beers as you have to get the balance right, which means dropping your overall IBU a little and mashing high to get the mouthfeel the same as big ALC beers

Light beer is even harder and more rewarding
 

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DBS recipe looks good* but depending on how close you want to the real thing, I'd suggest the coopers yeast is a must.

*@dbs - coopers suggest 21 ibu for their mild.
 

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DBS recipe looks good* but depending on how close you want to the real thing, I'd suggest the coopers yeast is a must.

*@dbs - coopers suggest 21 ibu for their mild.
I have seen the Coopers spec & Pale Ale is only about 25-26IBU, but for some reason, when doing my clone, I needed to calc higher IBU. And that was using Promash ( very old )

I always found that a good pale recipe @ ~ 4.5% generally only needs about 30ish IBU max to balance it

The trick with Mild's is dropping the IBU in proportion to the SG. IBU:SG is a ratio that needs to be followed with lighter Alc beers

Got to remember that late additions dont always "taste" bitter if you know what I mean.

And I dont like IPA. Really...I dont like IPA that much. I am good for about 3 than thats it

I love the challenge of brewing light & mild. So much harder ( it is harder to get the balance right ) than just making a big beer, but get it right and it is so rewarding
 

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I'm with you on that. My dark mild recipe has low ibu with a small challenger addition at the end. Delicious.

And I'm while I enjoy standard aipa and apa, I find the hop, hop, hop approach tiresome after one or two pints. I rarely brew ipa (although I love wee heavy, quads and tripels so big beers have a place in my cellar).

I can easily see 30-ish ibu working with this.
 

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DBS recipe looks good* but depending on how close you want to the real thing, I'd suggest the coopers yeast is a must.

*@dbs - coopers suggest 21 ibu for their mild.
Do I have to culture from the original or can I buy it off the shelf?
 

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There is a Whitelabs that's same/similar strain but it's also easy enough to culture from a few fresh longnecks.

WLP009 Australian Ale
 

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Do I have to culture from the original or can I buy it off the shelf?
You have to culture it

I spoke to Dr Tim about this and he went on to explain that the brewery yeast does not perform when de-hydrated so the only way was to culture it from a couple of bottles. He was all for culturing the yeast from the bottles. Great bloke and had a good yarn with him about things beer and Coopers. He is very open an enthusiastic about beer
 
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