Tea makes a British Mild more British!
I like tea…. possibly as much as beer. But why choose between the two when you can have both?
This beer came out of a split batch I made with a friend. We brewed 5 gallons, and then each took 2.5 gallons to do what we pleased with. My friend and I have names starting with T, so we named hers ‘TnT’ and mine ‘TnTea’. I needed something to add to mine that would match the ‘British Mild’ style, so dry hoping, fruit in secondary etc, was out.
What makes this brew different is the tea I added before kegging. It created a nice finish, with a dry tannin taste towards the end. Just before kegging I brewed a tea concentrate- 3 tablespoons of loose leaf English Breakfast tea in 1 liter of water, which I poured into the keg.
TnTea- British Mild with Tea
|4 lbs||Marris Otter||Base Grain|
|0.25 lbs||Crystal 75||Specialty Grain|
|0.25 lbs||Crystal 40||Specialty Grain|
|0.35 lbs||Crystal 20||Specialty Grain|
|0.16 lbs||English Brown||Specialty Grain|
|16 g||Goldings Hops||60 minute hops|
|10 g||Goldings Hops||5 minute hops|
|3 tbls||English Breakfast Tea||Steep in 1 liter water|
|Thames Valley Yeast|
- Bring 1.5 gallons of water to 160
- Add grains and stir well, let sit for 60 minutes
- Sparge with 1.5 gallons of water heated to 170
- Bring to boil and add 60 minute hops
- Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops 5 minutes before end of boil
- Cool and add yeast.
- Ferment 2-3 weeks.
- Siphon beer into bottling bucket/keg.
- Add 1 liter of tea (made with 3 tablespoons of English Breakfast Tea).