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Davin's Dark Ale:

A dark beer that looks like a porter, but close your eyes and this is a very nice refreshing beer. Lots of character, with a smooth pallet, hints of citrus, grapefruit, caramel & chocolate, not too sweet and a gentle hit of bitter. This is a very easy drinker perfect for the cold nights or even great chilled on a hot summers day. It should come out at approximately 4.5% to 5% ABV.

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  • 1 tin (3.3lb) coopers medium malt extract
  • 1lb medium spraymalt
  • 14oz crystal malt
  • 12oz brewing sugar
  • 2oz priming sugar
  • 6oz crushed black malt
  • 4oz flaked barley
  • 1/4 oz Hallertau hops
  • 1/4 oz Goldings hops
  • 1/4 oz Saaz hops
  • 2 1/4 oz Mosaic hops
  • 1tsp Irish Moss
  • 1 sachet Safale S-04 Ale Yeast



  1. Warm tin of malt extract in bowl of hot water.
  2. Boil 6 pints of water in a kettle. Here we use a temperature controlled mashtun / boiler with a heating element.
  3. Empty tin of malt extract into boiler / mashtun (currently turned off)
  4. Add the 6 pints boiling water and stir until all combined.
  5. While stirring, sprinkle in the spraymalt until dissolved.
  6. Top up to 3 gallons with cold water.
  7. Turn on and bring up the temp to 70°C.
  8. Put your grain into a mashing bag and tie closed but leave lots of room for the grain to move about (think about how a tea bag works).
  9. When it reaches temperature, gradually lower the mashing bag with the grain into the liquid in the boiler and gently swirl it / agitate it to prevent the grain clumping.
  10. Lower the temp of the boiler / mashtun to 68°C Leave to mash for 90 minutes Boil 3 gallons of water to use for sparging. At this stage I prefer to open the bag of grain and suspend this over the top of the boiler / mashtun.
  11. Gently pour the boiling water over the grain so as not to disturb any of the grain. Try pouring the water through a sieve to spread the flow. Keep going until your sparging has added 2 gallons of liquid in the boiler / mashtun.
  12. Turn up the temperature to 100°C to a rolling boil. Once it reaches a rolling boil start the clock @ 0 mins add 1/4 oz Hallertau hops @ 15 mins add 1/4 oz Goldings hops @ 30 mins add 1/4 oz Saaz hops @ 45 mins add 1/4 oz Mosiac hops @ 45 mins add 1 tsp Irish Moss @ 60 mins turn off the heat and add 1oz Mosaic hops.
  13. Add the 12oz brewing sugar and stir until dissolved.
  14. Insert a wort chiller coil and cool your liquid to 20°C Strain off your liquid into a brewing bucket.
  15. Take an sg reading
  16. Pitch the yeast
  17. Place in a warm place at 20°C for 5 days.
  18. On day 5 add 1oz Mosaic hops 5 days later Syphon into clean bucket Add the 2oz priming sugar and barrel / bottle

    I hope you enjoy this beer recipe using a mixture of grain and malt extract and spraymalt (aka a partial mash). You can of course play with the ingredients to adjust it to your taste, possibly use more hops with a higher alpha acid content at the 0min of the boil if you want your ale to have more bitters. Or you could add more spraymalt / sugar if you want a higher alcohol content. Or even halve the amount of black malt to have more of a red ale. 

    If you would like any guidance please contact us and we will be happy to help.