Batch 103: Partigyle! Export Milk Stout, Session Smölbier

The milk stout was planned as something tasty with lactose to get us through next winter. It didn’t come out nearly as high gravity as I had hoped, so I might just put this on tap and save Obama’s Last Stand (coming in above 10% ABV) for next winter. There was plenty left in the grist to get a small bier out of this, so I went ahead and did that.

I think I may need to work on my sparge to get the first runnings more efficient – or I should have tried 1/3 for the big beer, 2/3 for the small beer.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04
Yeast Starter: Yeast cake from Batch 101, swirled and split: 2/3 in the big beer, 1/3 in the small beer
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5 (7.5 into kettle for big beer), 4.5 (~7 into kettle) for small beer ?
Starting Gravity: 1.050 / 1.027 (5.5 gal?)
Original Gravity: 1.064 / 1.034 (~4.5 gal?)
Final Gravity: 1.0 /
IBU: ??
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: ?? SRM (DARK for big, NOT SO DARK for small)
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

7# 2-row
7# Maris Otter
1.5# Roasted Barley
12oz Flaked Oats
8oz C120
8oz Chocolate Wheat
9 hefty scoops of rice hulls

Mashed in hot, near 160°, added cold water that seemed to get it down to 152°, but at the end of the mash it looks like it crept back up. Lauter for 15min.


3.0oz Northern Brewer (estimated 6.11% AA, given hop age and BeerSmith) – FWH
1.0oz Northern Brewer (est. 6.11% AA) – 20 min
1# Lactose (10 minutes)
whirlfloc – 10 min

Boiled for 60 minutes, chilled, captured a full carboy (5 gallons), woot!

— Smölbier —

1.0oz Northern Brewer (est. 6.11% AA) – FWH
whirlfloc – 10 min

Boiled for 60 minutes, chilled, captured a fullish carboy (just under 5 gallons?), woot!


Monday, 3/14, very nice krausen on the big beer, no evident yeast activity in the small beer. The last throes of winter have dropped the temps below freezing outside, and the carboys in their waterbath are both sitting at 59°F. If I don’t see any activity in the small beer by tomorrow afternoon, I may pitch some more yeast

Posted March 12, 2022 by fbarrett in Uncategorized