Plymouth Heavy Dark Mild?

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  1. BruinBrewing

    BruinBrewing New Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm hoping to re-create a copy of a beer that was brewed by Courage in Plymouth, Devon, UK, up to 1982.
    It was very popular at the time but I just missed it when Courage closed the Tamar Brewery.
    It was unusual for a mild in that the (very) dark colour was from roasted barley, not caramel.
    So looking at Ron Patterson's book 'Mild' [standard Courage Mild] I've come up with:

    Maris Otter
    dark crystal
    roasted barley (6%)
    torrified wheat

    and maybe a little rolled oats with a low attenuating yeast.
    Hops fuggle and Aurora (or EKG) to give 4% ABV (the actual was 1032) 22IBU and 36 SRM.

    Not sure if I need wheat and oats or just up the wheat for good body which maybe be more authentic for Courage at that time?
    So if anyone has any info on the original I'll be very pleased to hear from you.


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